On the Beach | Study Guide

Nevil Shute

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John Osborne, Chapter 3 t’s not the end of the world at all …It’s only the end of us Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Slide Rule: The Autobiographyof an Engineer by Nevil Shute, The Telegraph Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Pogo Stick Represents better times and the innocence of childhood Garden Symbolizes the tenacity of life in a dying world Radio Signals Signify life until they are silenced by humankind’s passing Symbols Scientist and race car enthusiast; defies death in a wild quest to win the Grand Prix John Osborne Disillusioned young woman; rediscovers love of life in selfless devotion to Dwight Moira Davidson Dutiful submarine captain and loyal husband; finds salvation in work and memories of home Dwight Towers 589 Dedicated naval officer; finds refuge from the dying world in devotion to family Peter Holmes Main Characters As a writer, Shute washeavily influenced by his engineering work and passion for airplanes. However, it ishis compelling characters— ordinary people confronted by extraordinary circumstances —that are most memorable. Such is the case in On the Beach, arguably one of the most disturbing tales of the nuclear age. NEVIL SHUTE1899–1960 Author Heedless pursuit and misuse of technology can doom humanity to self-destruction. Technology & Self-Destruction Character and core values determine how people wait for death. Death & Waiting Life is precious and worth safeguarding in a dangerous world. Life The End of Us THEMES On the Beach is a postapocalyptic tale about ordinary people facing an unimaginable nightmare. World War III has left behind a cloud of radioactive dust that is spreading over the globe, killing everyone in its path. Soon, humankind will be extinct. English Original Language 1957 Year Published Nevil Shute Author On The Beach Science Fiction Novel

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