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Applied Intelligence and Knowledge Conquers All In his novel Eaters of the Dead author Michael Crichton shows how the Volga Northmen were able to defeat their foes the wendol by using their intellect instead of their weapons This is seen in four aspects The theme of the novel is that physical courage is not enough to preserve your culture and lifestyle intelligence and superior knowledge are absolutely essential Conflict between the wendol and the Northmen shows which group has the intelligence to eliminate the other Symbolism of wisdom knowledge and the lack of such things are used by Crichton to illustrate this moral The juxtaposition of characters emphasizes the cleverness of the Volga Northmen compared to the Venden Northmen The theme of the story is that applying intelligence and knowledge is essential in order to keep ones culture alive A good proof of this is the lack of knowledge of Ahmad Ibn Fadlan the narrator of the story He is an Arab who knows nothing of the ways of the world p 77 because he has never truly experienced the world before that day since he does not care for adventure Having no experience with the world and having no knowledge Ibn Fadlan slowly learns the Northmens way of life In the end felt he had been born a Northman p 152 having spent much time in their company and is no longer the coward he was when he started the trip His lack of knowledge causes him to be a coward in battle since he will be battling frightening mysterious creatures A better proof of this is that the wendol acts as if they are animals which are unintelligent The wendol makes a low grunting sound like the rooting of a pig p 97 have hair as long as a hairy dog p 99 and wear the heads of dead animals as masks They act as if they were brainless and cannot think
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