Death is in the air.

The novel of Station Eleven starts off with a tragedy which is the death of Arthur Leander, an actor playing King Lear. The first chapter begins with his sudden death while performing the play King Lear. The story is being told in the 3rd person point of view with a sort of omnipresent view throughout the beginning. The protagonist Jeevan is seen here trying to save his life when Arthur has a heart attack on stage, he rushed to the stage to try to save Arthur’s life to no avail, which caused him to have a self reflection. He is seen leaving the theater and walking by himself in the park contemplating the events that had taken place. He was reacting internally to what exactly had taken place and how this now will affect him for the rest of his life. He was studying to be a paramedic, and seeing Arthur dying this way, not being able to save him, and knowing now he was able to do good in this world could have been the best thing that could have happened to Jeevan that night.

There are many sentences in the first 3 chapters that foreshadow what is about to happen in the near future. When in chapter 2 the narrator makes us aware that the crew which was working on the play with Arthur suffer the same fate as his, we are now aware that a big tragedy is about to occur. Nothing is certain yet but is can be said that the author wants us to be aware that danger for the characters is about to occur.  The story jumps between the thoughts of the protagonist and the rest of the crew from the play making us aware of a broader spectrum of plots and themes going on. There is the first conflict which was the internal conflict of the character of whether his life was going in the right direction. The other conflict can be seen between the crew of the play, and it has to do with what they are going to do with Arthur now that he is death. Most of them did not know him on a personal level to know what exactly he wished be done if ever he were to pass away. They can be seen thinking of who exactly they should call first and what the right thing to do now. They agree they have to call his lawyer, since his ex wife and son are overseas, and he did not have any known next of kin in the area. Already conflicts are starting to arise and slowly these will come and find resolutions and we will be able to know more in detail of what exactly is going on, whether Arthur’s death was an isolated case of health or something everyone should be worried about in the upcoming days. Many questions are still left unanswered but I am sure once they are reveled, everything will start to make more sense throughout.

One thought on “Death is in the air.

  1. Daniel

    Christian,                                                                                                                                                       I shared your sense of unanswered questions but perhaps that was the narrator’s intent.. to  tease us with unanswered questions.

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