Analysis Of Death & Its Impact In A Novel
Left Behind: Armageddon
Death is something we are forced to deal with all our lives. The age old saying “everyone dies” is something we hear early on, from the time we first lose someone close to us. Nevertheless it is always something that hurts us and brings us pain and sorrow. These emotions can even be brought about when reading a story involving death.
The Left Behind series is a series of fiction books written on the end times, the seven years after the rapture of believers leading up to Armageddon and the appearance of Christ. The first book Left Behind takes place during and immediately after the rapture and introduces us to three characters that will be key for the rest of the series. These include Rayford Steele, a pilot and father of Chloe Steele, a college student, and Cameron “Buck” Williams, a famed journalist. Rayfords wife and son are both taken in the rapture and he and Chloe are left to deal with this. Through this Rayford is able to find God and convinces Chloe to do the same and together the two have a profound influence on Buck who by the end of the book gives himself to God as well.
In the second book we meet Tsion Ben-Judah, a rabbinical scholar who will later become the leader and “pastor” for all the new Christians. In book six we meet Al B. “Albie”, a former black market dealer who is now a believer. These characters play an important part throughout the series and are essential to book eleven Armageddon and this paper.
As I stated in the beginning of this paper death is something that has come to be considered commonplace even expected but it still never fails to sadden us. The Left Behind series is twelve books long and includes many diverse characters. Considering the setting and the odds stacked against these characters it would be foolish to expect all of them to make it through to the end. After the first book it is rare to go a whole book without at least one or two...