The Struggle To Forget

In “Station Eleven” Parts 4,Ā 5, and 6 by EMILY ST. JOHN MANDEL, this novel shifts from setting to setting causing one to have to pay attention and make the connection between pages in order to make sense of it as a whole. It describes how life was before and after the Georgia Flu. Life seemed limitless before the flu as everyone was already used to regular survival skills and did not see it as a privilege. However, once the Flu came about the value of life itself increased due to those who were left seeing it as almost impossible to forget life when it seemed normal hence why the very few of the people who were left saw the aftermath as not enough. Arthur, although confirmed dead the same day of the spread of the Flu had a very strong impact on those around him, more so because of his famous characteristics and the paparazzi. There is no one who could have predicted for life to be the way it is after the Flu has done its damage, worldwide.

Within the first half of the novel, theĀ traveling symphony in order to survive comes together to be stronger as one. This is due to surviving becoming essential because people seem to be more in competition. It is said that “we are always looking for the former world”(130) which means that they are always looking for signs of life, signs of people who are left, and when day to day life wasn’t hard to live. In other words, life before the flu. This to me stood out because it symbolizes their motive for life after the Flu which is the more life shapes away from social norms, the harder it is to envision it causing one to have the motive to find the missing parts of life which areĀ the lack of people, communication, and technology.Therefore, basedĀ on life becoming harder to live, it became common for those who were left to go in search for life because it seemed more stabilized and more within their comfort zone.

In the second half of the novel, life before and during the Flu was heavily talked about. During these times it is said “I almost wanted to lock the door behind us”(199) right when Kirsten and August were ready to head out. In other words, due to the world changing and becoming extinct the value of nature and basic day to day activities become more significant and tempting to Kirsten. Based on the aftermath of the Flu, day to day activities become less usual because now society is upside down and there is no Guidance to advance in any form what so ever. For example, this is heavily revealed when it is said that for the symphony it “seemed a difficult and dangerous way to survive especially when they were turned away at gunpoint from hostile places.”(119). The symphony enters another groups territory and their life being put at risk. Life itself is no longer safe and people seem so unsatisfied now considering all they think of was life before the Flu.This right here caught my attention because this signified that based on there no longer being any guidance for the advancement of society, life becomes more dangerous because no one is there to correct chaotic acts and everyone is now so hostile making life more of a challenge.

In a world so big, full of different dilemmas, and memories it is always tough to remember the little things that life gives us only until it is swiped out of our hands. This, unfortunately, is when we will finally realize that when you put down the things we nowadays value most such as cell phones and technology, life will always change right in the midst of a moment and it is always a eat or be eaten situation. The moral of these three chapters to me is that we value things most when we finally realize that it is not within our reach anymore. We take advantage of things we endure daily and reminisce on the things we let leave our fingertips whether it was voluntarily or involuntarily. Life is life, and we have control but to a certain extent.



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