Drowning in death- foreshadowing in the first paragraph

In the first paragraph of Station Eleven two stories are referenced, King Lear  and the Greek story of Leander,  while seemingly unimportant especially as Leander is just a dead guys last name in the story it foreshadows the end of civilization in the sixth chapter.  King Lear is an obvious foreshadowing due to the fact that most of the characters die in the ending and after the major actors talk about what to do about Arthur Leander’s death it states that everyone in the bar that they were drinking at died in the three weeks fallowing the chapters end(Mandel 15).  To make a metaphor the entire sixth chapter was pretty much hauling the wagon of dead corpses that used to be society into the open air, exactly like the ending of King Lear.  The Leander connection is drawn incredibly well in the third chapter where Jevan’s medical friend Hua tells Jevan about the Georgia Flu.  When the flu is discussed in the chapter it feels like a flood where in the beginning it’s just a girl, and then it’s 13 infected, and then there’s over two hundred and it was spreading.  Just before Hua hung up he coughed signaling he might also be infected.  By the time the sixth chapter rolled around it seemed as if society had drowned in the flood like how Leander died in Greek myth.  While I will admit that I did not see the end of civilization by deadly virus in the first paragraph, my first thoughts while reading the text did go along the lines of guy who is named after a Greek character that drowned is acting in a play that ends in most of the characters dying.

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