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Study Guide: The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton - BookNotes

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THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN: STUDY GUIDE / LITERARY CRITICISM

THEMES - THEME ANALYSIS


Dangers of Intelligence

There is an inescapable irony that surrounds Project Wildfire. The army has assembled some of the country’s best minds to combat a biological threat that..........

Chaos vs. Control

Another theme, which also characterizes another Crichton novel Jurassic Park, involves the belief that human beings can always outwit nature due..........

Technology as a double-edged sword

Regardless of the army’s intentions, their efforts to develop more sophisticated weapons have endangered the very people they were supposed to...........


PLOT STRUCTURE ANALYSIS

Initial Incident

The action begins to intensify as soon as the two army officers are killed by (we think) the mysterious old man in the white robe. This incident..............

Rising Action

Everything that happens from the initial incident up to the moment where Hall makes his “highway diagnosis”. The scientists assemble and go...........

Climax

Since the whole purpose their work is to discover the nature of the Andromeda Strain and thus find a possible.............

Falling action

After Hall’s discovery, a few loose ends need to be wrapped up. Burton becomes trapped in a room with the...........

Moment of Final Suspense

The action intensifies briefly as Hall attempts to enter the core and climb to the fourth level in order to enter his key and press the..........

Denouement / Outcome

Stone’s comment “The important thing is that we know understand” gives meaning to the outcome of the novel. By the end of the novel the............


POINT OF VIEW

The story of The Andromeda Strain is told by a third party omniscient narrator. The narrator not only knows all the details of the character’s lives (which he..........



 

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