Euell 1 Allissa Euell ENG 102 Comp.2 Synthesis Essay Synthesis Essay What is considered a natural disaster? A natural disaster is established when a natural event such as a flood, earthquake, or hurricane occurs, and it causes extramental damage or severe loss of life. When they happen, people often must make sudden changes, sometimes extreme decisions. Should the people evacuate and leave behind their possessions and home? Should the people stay and endure the storm? If they choose to stay, why did they make that decision? Would leaving their homes have offered them a better chance of survival in the future? An example of a few of these questions were answered in the article “Starting Over”, by Malcolm Gladwell. Gladwell in this article argues that leaving the city of New Orleans was the better option for the people after the natural disaster, Hurricane Katrina. The focus of the article entails the lives of the evacuated people of New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. Gladwell’s argument in the article also demonstrates that people had better a better life after leaving New Orleans. Following the article as an example of the choices people must make after a natural disaster is the film, Babushkas of Chernobyl, directed by Holly Morris and Anne Bogart. In this film, the people are forced to evacuate their homes after an explosion of a radiation plant in Russia. They were told that the evacuation would be temporary and that they would be able to come back to their homes soon, however that was not the case as the radiation was too dangerous to survive in. In the film, there was a group of elderly women, called the Babushkas. The Babushkas originally left their homes after the explosion but deemed that life away from home
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