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Analysis Of Jeff Vandermeer's Annhilation

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Jeff Vandermeer's novel, Annhilation, questions the perspective of life and death by the main character, the biologist in Area-X and what that means for those living and dying inside it. Once the biologist has entered Area-X she has pretty clear perspective on what is alive versus what is dead. However, very quickly she speculates on her motivations "At the time, I was seeking oblivion, and I sought in those blank, anonymous faces, even the most painfully familiar, a kind of benign escape. A death that would not mean being dead" (Vandermeer 27). Consequently, this openness to the idea that life and death could be a flexible perspective is what allows her to reach different conclusions than the women around her. "Death, as I was beginning to
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