The Hot Zone & Outbreak
?The kill rate in humans infected with Ebola Zaire is 9 out of 10. Ninety percent of the people who come down with Ebola Zaire die of it. Ebola Zaire is a slate wiper in humans? (Preston 38). With these words, Richard Preston in his book The Hot Zone begins to raise real and serious questions about the nature of infectious diseases in society today. In the same way, Robin Cook raises real and serious questions about infectious diseases in his novel Outbreak. Using creative examples of characterization, sensory imagery, and symbolism, Preston and Cook are accurately able to reveal the theme of infectious diseases. Thus, while the concern of infectious diseases remains, better understanding of it comes from seeing it illustrated so masterfully in Preston?s The Hot Zone and in Cook?s Outbreak.
Characterization is a tool that is necessary to create a well-written piece of literature. It is important for readers to be able to relate to characters. Each reader must be able to say ?I know somebody just like that?, or, ?I?m just like that?. Readers develop a relationship with characters while they read and begin to
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