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An look into the Last Man

Posted on January 29, 2018

The first volume of the “Last Man” touches upon a reality in which a world without any men would look like and as a result the consequences of it all. What stands out the most about the novel is Vaughan’s ability to touch upon just how drastically the roles in society shift as a result of all the men dying. What stood out the most was the fact that statistically only men were pilots and as a result air transportation was no longer a viable option which is why woman are forced to travel by railroad. Despite the novel being a strategic overview on how a world without men would in hindsight seem ideal, the Last Man proves that taking anything to that extreme is not. Yorick’s character whilst being the comic relief for the majority of the novel also displays the arrogance that most men attribute in today’s world. The following is seen in the section of the novel in which he confronts the Amazonians vandalizing the Washington monument. He legitimately had no plan other than to assert his dominance in a situation where he was out numbered and would most likely have resulted in his death. Yorick has been established as already being childish from the start but to go to such an extreme emphasizes the fact that men will always be inclined to assert their dominance if they feel the need to. This stems from the emphasis society places on men being the alpha in any scenario in which he would be inclined to assess and alter the situation. Yorick arrogantly gets himself in a situation that he believes he can handle simply due to the fact he carries an appendage between his legs. Shedding light on why it must be that women truly do live longer than men. The fact that he truly doesn’t understand his worth in a situation currently and constantly needs to be reminded is another extreme that is placed on his character. Whether it’s because he’s the last man or is in love is something I honestly did not understand how completely oblivious he is considering the fact he can save the human race but still wants to find his lover in Australia. Has he not considered the fact that she may have not actually lived through the crisis? Not quite sure how to feel about Yorick, only olive branch I could really extend his is “Love makes you do crazy things”.

Here’s the song I felt like listening to whilst revising this btw.


Comments

  1. Jessica Hautsch

    Great observation in the opening of this blog. The death of all of the men represents a paradigm shift. Good analysis of Yorick–you might want to track how he changes during the second volume of the novel. His quest to reach Beth is romantic, quixotic, and entirely selfish. Thanks for embedding the song.

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