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I must say, the last two parts went fairly quickly compared to the other parts of the book. Part V was action packed and went by super quickly. The idea of not standing next to the hero has been very prominent in the final parts. Sam experiences this with the loss of Bacon and his mother. Joe experiences this idea even more. Thomas was not only affected at the beginning of the story by staying close to his brother, but now he died for the plot to advance. His death was not in vain because it drove Joe to enlist in the war and move out to Antarctica. Rosa was emotionally affected because the person she loved and the father of her child had just left. The people and dogs who were stationed with him in Antarctica die leaving Joe as a lone survivor. It seems that people who get near Joe also suffer. Rosa puts what Joe goes through when she states, “One heard more …show more content…
In the Hunger Games, the winners of the games experience this guilt due to the fact that they have the other tribute’s blood on their hands. In the Avatar: The Last Airbender, Aang goes through the same guilt because he was the sole survivor of an attack done to his people in which things might have been different if he was there to help them. Although these characters come from different universes and circumstances the theme of survivor’s guilt is shared by them. As Foster says, “Critics speak of this dialogue as intertextuality, the ongoing interaction between poems or stories. This intertextual dialogue deepens and enriches the reading experience, bringing multiple layers of meaning to the text, some of which readers may not even consciously notice” (29). The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay seem to have this intertextual connection with the literature and media stated before. The connections between the three might not be extremely apparent, but it is there. It will be interesting to see what other connecting you guys have

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