In the novel Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel creates a parallel between a pre-apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic world affected by the nation-sweeping epidemic: The Georgia Flu. This dystopian world opens up the conversation about the following unresolved dilemmas: displacement, disorientation, dislocation, alienation, and memory. Each of the main characters faces a certain level of uncertainty while fighting for survival, evidently affecting them mentally, emotionally and physically. For this reason, some readers may question Mandel's choice to have her characters continue suffering from their inner turmoils. Arguably, this stylistic choice presents juxtaposition between the hope of changing your entire outlook on life and the reality
Randy shows physical and mental hardening throughout the novel Alas, Babylon. Before the detonation of nuclear weapons, Randy had many luxuries. However later on he loses them due to the total destruction of many American cities. For example, Randy got into his new Bonneville. It was a sweet car,” (Frank 21).
A great terror struck our nation September 11, 2001, two aircraft’s hit the world trade centers, killing 2000 people and injuring over twice as many. A third aircraft flew into the Pentagon while a fourth crashed in a rural area in Pennsylvania. This day will forever be engrained into history as one of the worst terror attacks faced in this nation. Nearly three years later, in an attempt to figure out what happened on that tragic day, scholars came together to discuss the possible parallels between foreign and domestic terrorist. The author, Michael Kimmel, outlines the possible cause of the 2001 attacks and offers us a link between both foreign and domestic terrorism.
At the end of the novel, she finally takes care of Sethe rather than fully relying on her for physical nurturing and inner happiness. Denver ultimately matures enough to stop relying on her mother for total emotional support, to care for someone besides herself, and to “have [her] own [opinion]” (314). Though she lost her physical strength and size due to starvation, she gained mental clarity and emotional growth through accepting that she needs the presence of others to help her. The threat of losing her only companion proves more important than her irrational fear of the outside world; in procuring her own opportunities, she gains a newfound sense of confidence that allows her to stop relying on Sethe for happiness. Morrison inexplicitly provides Denver’s transformation as a symbol of ongoing hope for previous and current slaves.
The narrator uses the biblical allusion of “God’s handiwork,” compares the Phoenix Nebula to the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the irony of a supernova destroying an entire civilization to save mankind. The narrator says, “[…] I believed that the heavens declared the glory of God’s handiwork” (Clarke 92). This allusion foreshadows that the character no longer believes in “God’s handiwork” for a particular reason. The reader infers the protagonist’s faith is faltering and he “is sorely troubled” (Clarke 92). It is inferred an awakening event has occurred that deterred the scientist moral compass.
A ‘heron’, ‘rabbits’ and a ‘water snake’ also display the simplicity of life. The ‘twinkling... yellow sands’ could represent the wealth George and Lennie wish to acquire, however the ‘twinkling’ suggests that the dream is childish and similar to a mirage. In the same way, the ‘ash pile’ and ‘worn... limb’ indicate that the path followed by George and Lennie has been travelled upon by many other itinerant workers and ‘tramps’. This belittles the dream making it seem unachievable. Additionally, ‘tramps’ embody loneliness and
(SIP-A) Najmah’s emotional state starts to dissipate as her family starts disappearing. (STEWE-1) After the tragic bombing, Najmah noticed something about the stars. Najmah notes, “As the stars disappear one by one, Akhtar leads us away from the path…” (Staples 85). The author uses stars to represent Najmah's family since each of the members are disappearing one by one in relation to the stars disappearing one by one. (STEWE-2) Najmah is also losing strength and confidence as the stars vanish.
But to no avail, Lennie does not understand the concepts and still views the world as a good place. An example from the text states “ S’pose you couldn’t go into the bunk house and play rummy ‘cause you was black.” (Steinbeck 72) The reader can clearly see how innocent Lennie Small really is. He was unable to comprehend the concept of racism and still views people in a positive light. Because of his innocence, Lennie Small continues to retain his perspective that Earth is a good place and, conversely remains unable to acknowledge important life concepts such as
Young gets to be young for a moment, not pain themselves with constant thought of death and failure. In contrast Galipoli is about much simpler form of beauty. The dazzling sheds and stalls from Bilingsgate, glittering with scaling knives and fish, the lush and luxurious in the simple mans life. The cultural grace of chimney stacks as tall as those in Sheffield, Carson is talking about the modest things in everyday life that get looked over by the arrogance of the eye and its beholder, making life ever more alluring. Galipoli is not a poem about beauty, Ode on a Grayson Perry Urn is, even if the beauty might be of the grotesque sort.
Guy Montag, a fireman, had his world turned upside down when he met his eccentric new neighbor. She opened his eyes for the first time and made him realize what he and the rest of the world had been missing. Within a few days, he already had to make rash decisions that effected his entire life. Even though Ray Bradbury wrote a science fiction novel about a future in which people destroy themselves, the little seeds of hope and confidence he plants throughout Fahrenheit 451 by introducing the clear-minded Clarisse and her family, letting Montag realize the errors in his world, and giving him a new life in a small society of other reformers let his optimism shine through. Ray Bradbury, revealing some optimism, wrote about some quirky characters, by the future society's standards.
screens, just a chance to start over. A new beginning. When one reads Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven, they can escape to a new world. Taking place after a strain of the Georgia Flu wipes out much of the Earth’s population, characters
This affects the story by starting it with a tone of melancholy and depression. It sets the stage for the rest of the story, and eventually builds up to show how Rex used the act of death to push him to do seventeen second miracles every day. The author uses this to give reasoning to the story, and to show how it affects the entire story. Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, begins the book with
Introduction “The Road” is a post-apocalyptic novel of a journey of a father and his young son over a period of several months, across a landscape blasted by not only an unspecified cataclysm, but also the wrath of mankind in which case has destroyed most of civilization. Written by Cormac McCarthy, he depicts a dystopian world that has lost sight of humanity and its future. With this idea, McCarthy uses his unique skills as a writer who has won the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction in 2008 to establish various ambiguous themes throughout the novel. Even though the fiction tale will never change, each reader interprets the novel differently. One reader could focus on the Good vs Evil theme of the book while another