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Pat Frank’s Alas Babylon Essay

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*“In The End, It Is Our Defiance That Redeems Us.” – Mark Rowland*
“To the world you may be just another person, but to one person you may just be the world (Snyder, In Pat Frank’s book, Alas Babylon, Randy Bragg is no one of importance. He is failed politician that lives off his family’s land in a small town, Fort Repose, in Florida. But For this small town lawyer everything was about to change. The United States had been on edge of Nuclear Warfare with Russia for years. Frank writes on about how one man, Randy Bragg, redeems himself from a failed politician to a somewhat of a town hero (Frank).
Pre warned by Mark Bragg, Randy’s brother, Randy prepares for the arrival of his sister-in-law, niece, and nephew; along with the nuclear war (Frank). Though Randy hopes to never see the day of nuclear war he knows Mark’s warning should not be taken lightly and beings to create a survival kit. Not knowing how long this war may be or what he should get Randy purchases abundances of milk, meet, candles, oil, gas, and several other items he believes will be necessary to survival (Frank 44,45). Randy was depending on having time for his sister-in-law, Helen, to gather all other necessary items he had over looked. But the Russians had other plans and though Randy had done his best to prepare himself for this war nothing could have prepared him for The Day (Frank).
The day nuclear war started marked the day when hundreds of major United States cites, such as Orlando, Tampa, Omaha, Washington, and countless others, were destroyed. This day “was known simply as The Day. That was sufficient (Frank123).” “People… inclined to split time split time into two periods, before The Day, and after The Day, the time off, what then seemed, peaceful and the time of complete and utter chaos (Frank123). Yet the most dangerous threat to those living in Fort Repose was not the nuclear bombs themselves yet the Radiation Fallout. This town was quite possibly under attack from an invisible enemy. Luckily on The Day there had be an easterly wind that had pushed the fallout particles away from the town, further more the town was blessed with the distance it had between them and the areas that were hit. Blessed because “the more distance between you [Fort Repose] and the fallout particles, the less radiation you [Fort Repose] received (Protection in the Nuclear Age 4).”
Soon after The Day Randy takes over and becomes somewhat of a dictator of an alliance of people that included Lib and Bill McGovern, Doctor Dan Gunn, Alice and her friend Florence Wechek, Sam Hazzard, along with Preacher and his family. Electricity lines and water supplies have been cut off throughout the town, due to the bombings. Randy soon discovers a way to restore running water to his own house and soon adds it to those houses in his small community of people that were also without running water. Throughout these trying times this newly found community comes together and learns to means of...

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