Zone One - Sunday, Part 1 Summary & Analysis

Colson Whitehead
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Before the barricade blocking the dead from Zone One fell, Mark Spitz claims that borders are futile and expendable, mirrors of the insecure society that erected them. He foreshadows the climax of the novel, when the wall falls, mentioning, “When the wall fell, it fell quickly, as if it had been waiting for this moment” (221). Instead of relating the devastation that ensues after the wall fell, Mark Spitz decides to deride the concept of barricades, saying that when “barricades collapsed . . . [they were] exposed for the riddled and rotten things they had always been. Beneath the façade of stability they were as ethereal as the society that created them” (221). Although the actual barricade intended to protect and preserve the human population, Mark Spitz rather views its function as a metaphorical flaw, a frontage, and not the stable and strong barrier people thought it...

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