Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Paper Topic

I've talked to Andy about this a little bit, but I just thought I'd share my ideas here, since a lot of you guys are sharing yours. My paper topic is going to extend from the conversation that I started in class about "Before My Last Breath." I want to talk about what I see almost as an obsession of death and outliving death in the piece. When reading the story, I can't help but notice all of the little examples of this that I find, from the obvious case of the Georges trying to escape the inevitable by burying themselves alive, to Reed's commentary on modern celebrities living on long past their deaths. I have a lot of ideas about what to include, but I was wondering if any of you had any to add, or just different ways I could approach it.


John Harris said...

You could perhaps compare those types of "immortality" to the religious sense of "immortality" and life after death.

Jordan said...

You could always talk about Voldemort and his obsession with creating immortality. haha. Sorry. I love me some Voldy. Or Star Wars. Darth Vader, General Greivous and others all lived on past mortal lives by becoming mostly machine. I definitely think cheating death and immortality are huge motifs in sci-fi and fantasy and always have been. Good topic.