Between Shades of Gray Themes

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The Will to Survive

The will to survive is strong in all the characters though there are some who seem to expect they will die at any time. The bald man is an example of this. He is constantly saying that death awaits at the next turn or that he would be better off dead, but he continues to survive. Lina is furious with herself when she stoops to grabbing up food thrown at her by the guards but she does it anyway. Even the youngest children realize the need to survive. Jonas finds a barrel and realizes it can be made into a stove. Janina finds a dead owl and realizes it could be eaten. This will to survive sometimes results in anger and selfishness, as seen in the case of the Altaian woman who is forced to share her hut with Lina and her family. She demands...

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