Themes of Alex Garland's Novel "The Beach" Analytical Essay by Kathryn

An exploration of the complex themes of "The Beach", identifying three major themes.
# 1685 | 1,545 words | 2 sources | 2000 | CA
Published on Feb 17, 2003 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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This paper explores the complex themes of "The Beach". It defines the main themes as discovery, the darkness in man's heart, and the conflict of man versus man and analyses these themes with concrete examples from the book.

From the Paper:

"The primary theme of this novel is discovery. This theme includes both self-discovery and the discovery of something new and unique; an unfound and undisturbed paradise. The beach is a legend amongst young travelers in Asia. It is rumoured to be a lagoon hidden from the sea, with white sane and coral gardens, freshwater falls surrounded by jungle and plants that have remained untouched by man for a thousand years. On this beach, there are said to be a few carefully selected internationals settle in a communal Eden. The narrator is Richard, a twenty-something man who has been subjected to far too many Vietnam War movies. He is adrift in Southeast Asia, Bangkok, and he desires something different, the ultimate travel spot unspoiled by man. Like most of the travelers he meets, Richard is bored with the usual dissonance of Thailand and craves something more exciting and risqu?. Richard is a regular, young, English man in his early twenties. Up until his recent journey to Bangkok, he has had no significant life-altering events in his life; he is a typical product of his technologically advanced environment and he wanted some action in his life."

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