“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” Fred and 3 other people named Lila, Con and Max will find themselves in the jungle because of a plane crash and of the driver dying. They will have to survive by their own without any help from civilizations. But someone was there before. Another “explore” had his plane crash too. But the difference between The explorer and Fred’s group is that the explorer wants to stay in the forest in the ruins of a city that nobody knows of. Fred has a dream to become an explorer, so he would want to tell everybody about the ruins. But the explorer wants to keep it preserved as a secret, which creates a conflict between the two characters. Fred is a young leader with a lot of leadership skills, he is brave and he tries to impress the other peoples.
Fred has a lot of leadership in him. This quality is going to come in handy for the long journey he and his friends are going to live for a long time. Being the leader isn’t always so easy, there is some ups and some downs. Even if the people won’t always follow you, you got to keep going and be a good leader. He knew that every day he would need to lead his friends, tell them suggestions on where to go and what to do because if he decided to let them down, they will probably die and he might not have the help he needs every time. Even though he made some mistakes, he is still a good leader. “I’m going to make a raft. You don’t have to help if you don’t want to” (70) He tries to convince his friends to choose the same choice as him. Most of the time, they listen to him. But some of the time, his friends disagree, which then sets a conflict and it is not so intelligent to set a conflict whenever you have risks of dying and Fred knows that so he tries to be nice to all of his mates and help them survive their epic journey. “It’s not bad. You should try it. Here, try a leg of mine.” (261)
Fred is not only a young leader; he is also very brave. Each day, he had to wake up knowing that he was going to be brave, to not think of his parents, and to continue living and helping his friends survive. For an eleven years old boy that never quitted his dad before, it is a big challenge. “‘It’s coming from there, from behind the vines,’ he said. ‘I’m going to go and see.’ (286). Fred has to be brave to survive in the wild. Otherwise, if he is scared of a little sound of a mouse, then he would die. Fortunately, he isn’t scared of many things or at least he acts like it. His friends believe that he is a brave boy, and he likes that so he continues to become even braver every day he stays in the jungle.
Fred is a leader, and he is brave, but sometimes, his braveness goes down to showing off in front of his friends to look better. He wants to become an explorer with his name written in big in “The New York Times”. But too survive with his friends, he has to make a promise to not tell anyone that he explored the ruined city in this jungle. Unfortunately for his friends, he first refuses to make that promise because he says that he can survive by himself and that he doesn’t need the help of the explorer, who has a lot of experience in the wild. He even told his friends that he could climb up a cliff to tell his friends what’s up there. “I could go up by myself,’ said Fred, ‘and shout down what’s up there?” (180). The problem with Fred’s personality is that sometimes, he thinks he is alone and he thinks his ideas are the best and that nobody has better ideas than him. No one is perfect. Most of the times when Fred acts like that, he walks alone for about ten minutes and comes back and becomes the great team leader he already was before.
Fred has a lot of potential in him. He is a good leader and he is also brave. But, he sometimes makes stupid things trying to impress people because everyone has strength and weaknesses in life. If someone is perfect, he is not a human being. That is why Fred is a brave leader that sometimes breaks the limit of bravery and enters idiocy. But it never lasts long because Fred is a good person.