Left Behind Essay

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Left Behind By: Tim Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkins 468 pages Cameron "Buck" Williams is the protagonist in the story. Buck is a news reporter for CNN. He does not have a faith in God, but is willing to believe anything. Rayford Steele is a captain for an airline. He is a family man, with a wife and two kids, but is infatuated with one of his flight attendants. Steele does not have a faith in God, but believes his wife is using God as a crutch. He is also afraid to push his relationship with Hattie any further. Hattie Durham, the object of his infatuation, is a flight attendant for the airline. She later gets an offer from the U. N. and works for them. Raymie, Steele's son, and Irene, Steele's wife, have a strong faith in God and do not get left behind because of their faith. Nicholae Carpathia is the antagonist in the story. Later revealed as the "Antichrist," Carpathia wins the world over by supposedly solving their problems. I liked Buck the best, but not because he's the protagonist. He seems like a daring and out-going person. I liked Steele the least because of the fact that he cheated on his wife. The main conflict in this story is man vs. himself. Many of the characters have to forget themselves and put their faith in God. Without God, they are doomed to burn in Hell. The second conflict is man vs. man, mainly that of Buck vs. Nicholae. The conflict is not quite solved in this book, but will be solved in sequels. Much of the beginning of the story takes place on a plane in the near future, but has many flashbacks to different times and places. Later on, it takes place in New York and Chicago. Before the rapture everything was calm and in order, but afterwards, it was like a war zone. There was military and armed people everywhere. It definitely helps to understand a different time period in the story. It shows you how bad the world is after...

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