The Importance Of Hope In Isaac Marion's Warm Bodies

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“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness” (Desmond Tutu). In Isaac Marion’s Warm Bodies, R, an odd and curious zombie, embarks on a unique journey. While on a typical hunting trip at the city, he crosses paths with a young girl, named Julie Grigio. After devouring her boyfriend, Perry’s brain, the memories of Julie and what she has gone through spark something inside of R that changes everything. In the novel, R and Julie prove that hope can overcome the most difficult problems. Their hope for humanity, happiness, and love help create a better future for everybody. In Warm Bodies, the hope to restore humanity in both the living and the dead builds a better time to come for all. This novel takes place in a post-apocalyptic future, where the living are hiding from the dead. Julie’s father, General Grigio loses all hope after the viral disease strikes, and he kills his wife after she has risen up from the dead. Julie is one of the very few optimistic people in this broken down world, and she is fed up with it. Her father’s lack of compassion forces her to tell him the reality of the situation. She asks, “Who decided life has to be a nightmare? Who wrote that [freaking] rule? We can fix it, we’ve just never tried before! We’ve always been too busy and selfish and scared!”(Marion 199). Although, General Grigio believes he is helping to restore humanity by “building a really big concrete box, putting everyone in it, and standing at the door
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