Lost Horizon - Roshni Sheth Dr David Basilico Lost-LCH 106 3 December 2009 Life in the Fast Lane or a Just Walk in the Park In his novel Lost

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Roshni Sheth Dr. David Basilico Lost!-LCH 106 3 December 2009 Life in the Fast Lane, or a Just Walk in the Park? In his novel Lost Horizon , James Hilton uses opposing characters to contrast the differences between Western civilizations and Eastern civilizations. In the beginning of the novel, four Westerners-Mallinson, Conway, Miss Brinklow, and Barnard-experience a plane crash near a secret, hidden lamasery in Tibet. One of the lamas who is still training named Chang welcomes the four outsiders into the lamasery, where they learn that its residents strive to live in a state of deep contemplation and thought. The members of the lamasery strive to do everything in moderation. Hilton’s characterizations symbolize the disparities, as well as his views, on the pace of life of both Western and Eastern civilizations. For the most part, Hilton portrays Western civilization as too fast-paced. He displays how Westerners feel the need to be the best through Conway’s disdain for “the Western ideal of superlatives” (Hilton 43). The characters that best exemplify the West, Mallinson and Miss Brinklow, both feel that the lamas’ lifestyles are full of idleness and are not meaningful because
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This note was uploaded on 06/28/2011 for the course LCH 106 taught by Professor Dr.davidbasilico during the Fall '10 term at University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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Lost Horizon - Roshni Sheth Dr David Basilico Lost-LCH 106 3 December 2009 Life in the Fast Lane or a Just Walk in the Park In his novel Lost

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