Deliverance

A true survivor can only depend on himself. The novel Deliverance is a story
about four characters each with different views on surviving. Every man in the
world can relate to one of the three secondary characters in the novel
Deliverance. Men can relate to Lewis Medlock for his primitive views, Drew for
his rationality, or Bobby for his lack of ability to survive. Many people say
that Lewis is the man that most men want to be like, Drew is the man that most
men are like, and Bobby is the man that most men fear becoming. Lewis is the
man most men want to be because he does not depend on anyone or anything. He
loves a challenge and will do anything he can to live life to its fullest extent.
Ed Gentry, the central character, represents all in the way he looks up to
Lewis and strives to be like him. Most men fall into the same category as Drew
because their ability to survive has been clouded by rational thoughts. Then
there is Bobby. Most men do not want to be linked with Bobby because he can not
live without help from civilization. Even though these characters posses many
of the same traits, their main differences are in their ability to survive life.
They also have different views on life. Lewis sees life as a game that you must
constantly challenge if you are to survive. Drew sees life as a struggle that
should never be challenged. Then there is Bobby who sees life as something he
does not have to worry about because their will always be someone their to help
him through it. All three of these characters possess traits that can be
identified in every man.

First there is Lewis, a middle aged man that is at the prime of his life, and
fears nothing. He is the strongest character in the book. He is, "… a
physical-conditioning perfectionist with misplaces survival-of-the-fittest
instincts and cave-man yearnings"(Warren). Lewis is the man that most men want
to be like because he needs no one to survive but himself. He constantly
demonstrates a primitive life-style that no longer exists. The primitive life-
style he demonstrates is one of survival. Lewis is an attractive character for
males because of his need for no one. He needs no one to life his life for him.
He knows that the only way to fully enjoy life is to take chances. He also
feels that live is a game that you must constantly play or you will die (Graham).
Because he sees life in this manner he believes that he must constantly
challenge himself just to make sure he is self sufficient. "He\'s nuts about
roughing it" (Warren). Even though Lewis has a strong ability to survive
whatever life might bring upon him, he is not blind to the fact that he can
still be hurt even with help from others. This is most evident when he says,
"But I believe in survival. All kinds. Every time I come up here, I believe
in it more. You know, with all this so-called modern conveniences, a man can
still fall down"(50). Lewis does not believe it is right for man to let
machines take our independence away from us. He believes that it will be better
if we all began to depend on ourselves instead of others. Lewis is the only
true survivor out of the characters.

Next there is Drew, the man that most men are like. Drew is a rational man that
has just begun to lose his ability to survive. Drew unlike Lewis does not see
life as a game, but instead as a struggle that will pass you by as long as you
to do not interfere. He is a normal man with a lovely family, a delightful
suburban house, and a good job. Drew is often seen as a self-made-man that has
been living in the city too long and has forgotten how to be independent. He
has spent so much of his time using rational thought that he can no longer use
his primitive survival skills. This is most evident after they kill the first
mountain man. Drew says, "Put the body in one of the canoes and take it down to
Aintry and turn it over to the highway patrol" (121). Drew believe that they
should go to the police, and depend on them to do the right thing; however, the
others know that if they do that