How does Linda Sue Park connect the two characters at the novel's conclusion?

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The novel A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park , is written from two different perspectives. Through alternating chapters, the reader learns the individual stories of Salva, a young boy, and Nya, a young girl. Both characters are living in Sudan and facing various hardships, but their...

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The novel A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park, is written from two different perspectives. Through alternating chapters, the reader learns the individual stories of Salva, a young boy, and Nya, a young girl. Both characters are living in Sudan and facing various hardships, but their stories take place more than a decade apart and do not seem directly connected throughout most of the novel.

Park brings the two characters together at the novel's conclusion by having them meet. Salva, who is based on a real person with the same name and a very similar story, grows up to found a humanitarian organization that brings wells to villages in his home country of Sudan. Nya, a fictional girl, lives in one of those villages. At the end of the novel, readers realize that the well Nya has seen being constructed is actually Salva's doing. Nya meets Salva when she goes to the well and the two of them are introduced.

Connecting the two characters in this way brings closure to Salva's story, as readers see what becomes of him and how he helps others as an adult. Connecting the two characters also demonstrates the hardships and triumphs that all humans share, even members of historically opposing tribes. Through this, Park is able to connect readers with even more themes and experiences from the Sudanese Civil War and the later Sudanese water crisis.

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