Station 11 Utopian

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Maxine Hong Kingston once said, “In a time of destruction, create something”. The downfall of a civilization does not necessarily yield disastrous consequences; furthermore, a fresh start gives infinite possibilities to everything. Although the novel Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel contains calamitous elements and dark characters, it is a utopian novel because it ultimately promotes ideals like peace, cooperation, and freedom. Even though some of her characters are imperfect and susceptible to evil, St. John Mandel suggests that utopia is achievable. The prophet who symbolizes dictatorship and corruption is defeated and the electricity comes back on symbolize connectedness and hope. Moreover, human beings can long what they seek. Rebirthing…show more content…
Human beings do not need to strive for money in the new society; this lifestyle echoes the ancient period when people provide for themselves. Before Georgia Flu invades the world, money is considered as one of the essentials. One cannot even subsist oneself without money. Furthermore, people who struggle for a living will take jobs and do things that contradict their conscious. Jeevan takes the paparazzi job because he is in desperate of needing money. He realizes how pathetic and inhuman the job is, but he does not have a choice. In the new world where money does not play a huge role, people live a more relaxing life. “Jeevan is baking bread in an outdoor oven… he rarely thinks of his old life anymore” (Mandel 312). At the end of Station Eleven, electricity is restored. The restoration of the electricity modifies hopes, anticipation, and most importantly, cooperation. A group of survivors in the new world works together to revive electrical power; this suggests the possibility that civilization will be born again. Just like what Clark says, “If there are again towns with streetlights, if there are symphonies and newspapers, then what else might this awakening world contain? ... it’s good to think about the possibilities” (Mandel 332). This quote exists at the very end of the story; St. John Mandel closes the novel in with a sense of hope to emphasize that through establishing new systems and cooperating, humans can achieve

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