The Parallel Plot In Richard Matheson's I Am Legend

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Richard Matheson’s, “I am Legend” uses the parallel plot to inform the reader of Robert Neville of how his past shaped him into the man he is presently. One of Robert’s most defining moments is when Virginia his wife was dying of the disease rapidly spreading around the city. The one day after losing his daughter, “Virginia Neville’s heart had stopped.” She was the love of Robert’s life and losing her sent him into a state of shock which he would never recover from and which would shape his will to survive in the present. Through the flashbacks Matheson describes how after losing his wife and daughter Robert felt alone and depressed. Being lost not knowing what to do, Robert remising saying “Choices seemed pointless now. What did it matter
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