Literary Darwinism In Veronica Roth's The Maze Runner

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INTRODUCTION Literary Darwinism in the last couple of decades attracted a diversity of credible thinkers and lead to integration of literary concepts with a modern evolutionary understanding of the evolved and adapted characteristics of human nature. New age authors seem to be mixing this theory with their contemporary, speculative fiction. The Divergent series by Veronica Roth, The Maze Runner by James Dashner, The American TV series, LOST were all highly successful and set records with their readers and the box officer. All of these books/series had the underlying theme of the “survival of the fittest” under harsh environments that challenging situations put the protagonists in. According to The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Darwinism designates a distinctive form of…show more content…
Katniss Everdeen is the smart, passionate and very young protagonist of the Hunger Games series who lives in District 12, the poorest in the entire nation of Panem. Panem itself is formed of 12 districts, each assigned with the task of providing specific materials that range from- coal, Lumber, diamonds to electronic gadgets, electricity and high end transport. The reader gets to understand from the very first chapter of the book about the struggles of the protagonist her difficult life of trying to support her non-working mother and little sister, Primrose, after their father died from a mining accident. This hard life of losing a father figure early in her life forces her to take on the role of breadwinner in the family, as her mother stops working as an apothecary due to extreme devastation of her husband’s death. She narrates at length her hunting expeditions and trades at the Hob (District 12’s “black market”) with her childhood friend and co-hunter Gale Hawthorne, whose father died in the same mining accident as
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