Use Of Armageddon As Positive Force : Ray Bradbury 's The Walking Dead

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Armageddon as Positive Force : Ray Bradbury 's "The Highway" and Robert Kirkman 's The Walking Dead Who knew the end of the world as we know it could be a good thing? At least this is what the end of the world is shown to be in Ray Bradbury 's "The Highway" and Robert Kirkman 's The Walking Dead. In both stories, the apocalypse cleanses the world of the filth of civilisation, which is presented as something hindering the protagonists and mankind in general. The destruction of civilisation also allows the protagonists to return to a more primitive way of life, a way of life that is also freer and more fulfilling. The apocalypse destroys the social hierarchy that was in place, allowing people who were nobodies before the end of the world to rise up and become leaders and heroes. The end of the world is portrayed as a positive event in "The Highway" and The Walking Dead because it causes the destruction of civilisation. In both theses works, the hallmarks of contemporary civilisation, such as technology and modernity, are portrayed as bad things because they create lazy, entitled and dependant people. In Bradbury 's "The Highway", this is shown in the contrast between Hernando and the American tourists. Hernando, who represents a more natural way of life, is noble and hard-working. The American tourists, on the other hand, represent modern civilisation; they are spoiled, lazy, and complain about everything. They also act like Hernando is a tourist attraction and not a human

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