Mark Watney was struck by a sandstorm, impaled by a satellite antenna and stranded on Mars with no way to get off, and yet he still managed to find a way to escape the barren wasteland.
The biggest them that you can see from this book is that of persevering until the end. You can see that from when the HAB blew up. (Weir,139) Even though it seemed like all hope was lost Mark managed to fix the situation by salvaging what he had left. Later on, Mark is just about to get to where he has his only chance to escape Mars his rover ends up tipping over he somehow manages to fix the situation although it seems almost impossible to do so. (281)
Another theme of the Martian is isolation. Isolation is one of the biggest themes well because Mark Watney is stuck on Mars all alone (5). We watch as this brave botanist braves the rugged and barren planet. All alone until he manages to establish communications with NASA. The theme of isolation further extends itself when Mark is saying that he is the king and sole ruler of mars.
In conclusion, the two themes of The Martian, perseverance, and isolation. Help set and pave the way for the story unfold, overall I think Andy Weir uses those two themes to their full extent and that The Martian is a great read.
Waverly is an energetic young Chinese – American girl. The moment she saw an opportunity to play chess she ran all the way home and back just to be able to play “I ran home and grabbed Vincent’s chess set, which was found in a cardboard box with rubber bands. ….. “Want to play?” I asked him. (Tan, 3) Another example in which it is shown just how energetic Waverly is in the same page ““Why does she get to play and we do all the work,” complained Vincent. “Is new American rules,” said my mother. “Meimei play, squeeze all her brains out for win chess. You play, worth squeeze towel.”” (Tan, 4)
Waverly also has a negative side in which she is a rather mischievous and an annoying young girl. One example is “”Let me! Let me!” I begged between games when one brother or the other would sit back with a deep sigh of relief and victory, the other annoyed, unable to let go of the outcome. …. he relented.” (Tan, 3) She is unrelenting and that she can also be very annoying to her peers. Another excerpt can also show this but in a less obvious way. “One day, as she struggled to weave a hard-toothed comb through my disobedient hair, I had a sly thought. I asked her, “Ma, what is Chinese torture?”” (Tan, 2)
All in all, Waverly is also a very smart individual and was even touted as a child prodigy. “I was touted as the Great American Hope, a child prodigy and a girl to boot. They ran a photo of me in Life magazine next to a quote in which Bobby Fischer” (Tan, 4) As you can see when she tries hard she can be very smart she is even coming kind of close to becoming a grandmaster completely overwriting what a previous chess player stated. This quote shows how she got to this level of chess playing. “I borrowed books from the Chinatown library. I studied each chess piece, trying to absorb the power each contained. I learned about opening moves and why it’s important to control the center early on; the shortest distance between two points is straight down the middle.” (Tan, 3)
As shown from all of these examples Waverly Jong the child prodigy has an energetic energy, mischievous and annoying personality, and an intelligent young mind that is the making of a child prodigy.