Characterization In Michael Crichton's Prey

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I found this novel Michael Crichton’s “Prey” a very enjoyable book. It presents situations that can be realistic in the future, as it is a common theme in Michael Crichton’s writings. The book put interesting concepts in Nanotechnology that mankind is not too far from achieving. Michael Crichton’s writing in Prey is innovative because one conflict intelligently leads to another; each new conflict growing as the old one constantly fades. He utilizes the first person point of view to get the reader so engaged in the main character that he or she feels his emotions. Michael Crichton’s brilliant writing creates an excellent book that will keep any reader charm for hours on end. Prey has brought a new awareness to me of how quickly nanotechnology is developing…show more content…
The story is largely affected by the characters in it. Generally, a very large conflict in the book is an internal conflict experienced by a person. Overall, the characterization in this book is crucial to the story, and it is done very well. One character that I disliked in Prey was Ricky, the boss of operations in the Xymos plant. Ricky is a static character in the story, always acting the same with very few outbursts; however, to the main character, he is dynamic. As the main character finds out Ricky is being deceptive, his view of Ricky changes, and Ricky becomes an antagonist. The reason I particularly dislike Ricky is that through most of the book, he seems like a friend to the main character, with good intentions. As the story progresses, however, the reader discovers that he has been hiding information and lying to cover up his mistakes in the company. It turns out that Ricky does not care for the people in the company, whose lives are at stake, but more for the well being of the company, even if this results in losing the lives of some employees. Near the end of Prey, everyone in the research facility, except the main character and one other, are
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