English Period 5

Leviathan Essay

The chance of someone getting attacked by a shark is 300,000,000 to 1. The chance of someone getting struck by lightning is 600,000 to 1. The chance of someone winning the lottery is 13,000,000 to 1, but if that person does not buy a ticket then they have no chance of winning.

Chance plays a major role in Leviathan. Benjamin Sachs takes a big chance by going out on that balcony with Maria. He knew it was several stories high, that he was drunk, that it was small, but he took it anyway. By taking that chance it completely changed his entire life. Sachs takes many chances when he is the “Phantom of Liberty.” He takes the chance of getting caught, the chance of someone getting hurt, and even the unexpected chance of himself getting killed.

Leviathan is full of a lot of unlikely chances. The chance of the strange man that Sachs killed was Maria’s-friend’s-husband was slim, but it happened. Reed could have been some man that no one knew or cared about. He could have even been a wanted criminal and Sachs would have been crowned a hero for killing him but he was not. Lillian met Reed by chance; she went around with an address book finding people, and she ended up finding her husband. She did not wake up and decide that today was the day she was going to find her husband-to-be; she went out with a book curiously looking for random people.

Dwight took a big chance by picking up hitchhiker Sachs. He could have just kept on driving but he took the chance, the chance that in the end cost him his life. Sachs had a chance of killing Reed before he fired the third shot that finished off Dwight, but he lost it because he was too slow.

Paul Auster understands that our lives are governed by chance. People take chances everyday. Auster believes that you cannot let chance scare you, or let it stop you from something. He says that you cannot stay out of ocean in fear of getting attacked by a shark. Auster is definitely a regular lottery player. He believes that by taking chances you have the possibility of life-changing experience. You have to live your life and whatever happens happens; even if that means that your own bomb blows you to pieces.