Eaters Of The DeadMy book is titled “Eaters of the Dead” by Michael Crichton.
There are twomajor themes to this book. First is man versus man and the second is man versusnature. The nature that man is going up against in this book were thesupernatural monsters that terrorized the town. Through most of the second halfof this book the northmen are fighting the monsters or preparing to. This is themain struggle of the book.
These monsters are the “eaters of the dead. ” Thesecond struggle of this book is man versus man. This man versus man struggle isan internal struggle between the tribe. It is a struggle for power within thetribe.
This occurs at the beginning of the book. Two men of the tribe arestruggling for power after the leader has died. Those were the two main themesof the book. The main conflict in this book is the men fighting the monsters.
Throughout most of the novel the men are fighting these monsters. The monstershad killed many people in the village and kept returning to kill some more. These monsters were the main problem within the town and the villagers had tokill them. This conflict was finally resolved when the men killed off the restof the monsters.
The main character in this book was Ibn Fadlan. He is the onlycharacter in this book that you really get to learn a lot about. At first heseems like he he is a stuck up Arab rich man. He criticizes the northmen anddoesn’t go along with their rituals. He basically doesn’t give them anyrespect at all. Then he starts to change though.
After being with the northmenfor awhile he starts to become like them. He acts like them, and he takes partin some of their rituals. A symbol in this book was the huge sword that theleader of the tribe uses. It was a huge sword and it symbolized strength andleadership. It was a huge sword so it would take a very strong person to use it.
It showed you who the leader of the tribe was. This contributes to my man versusman theme. It can show you that he was stronger than the rest, so he deserved tobe the leader. An American issue that relates to this is the struggle for powerin American companies. Many companies are having a struggle for power within.
This was just like how there was a struggle for leadership of the tribe. The twonorthmen were struggling for power of the tribe. This can be closely associatedwith the struggle for leadership today in America. I enjoyed this book a lot.
Ithad lots of action and adventure. It had very many exciting points. It was abook that I actually like to read. I think that it should be on the list of newand improved books. I’m sure that many kids would like it.