Annihilation Themes & Motifs

Jeff VanderMeer
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Rationality

The theme of Rationality surfaces many times throughout the novel as each character, as scientists, try to employ logic and rationality to provide context and answers for what happens around them. However, it becomes apparent that without all of the information about what transpired in Area X so many years prior, the questions are not answerable by any rational means.

Additionally, the biologist, on numerous occasions states that she hears the tower breathing, hears a heartbeat, believes that they aren't entering a tower, a man-made structure, but rather a living breathing organism. This goes beyond any rational explanation, and yet, the biologist feels that it is true.

In this novel, rationality is shown to often be a crutch, one that cannot save them from their own destructive natures, nor from the forces that they face. Strict adherence to those old ways is what gets many of...

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