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Society defines world-class fiction as creating a particular setting and characters through which the author explores deep levels of human reality or experience I believe that Nevil Shutes novel On the Beach is world-class fiction for these reasons the novel explores the human reality of family life the novel shows the reality of a new couples relationship and the novel lets one man experience his dream First Shute explores the human reality of family life through the family of Peter and Mary Holmes In the Holmes family everyone looks out for everyone else Right before Peters long naval voyage he discusses with his wife Mary what she must do n case the radiation reached Melbourne before his return This type of thought is not common in our everyday lives people in the Holmes setting need to think about things like how to commit suicide if the pain is too unbearable At the end of the novel Peter is at home with his family when they decide that they will all die together at the same time Only world-class fiction writing can make us understand the thought processes through which a woman can commit suicide and a father can murder his own daughter In addition to family life Shute explores human reality through a new couples relationship Moira Davidson meets Dwight Towers in the beginning of the novel During the course of their relationship Moiras attitude changes dramatically Even though she knows she is going to die Moira realizes that life can still have meaning Moira helps Dwight the naval captain of the USS Scorpion to cope with having lost his family Moira humors Dwight he thinks that his family is still alive in the US Deep down Dwight knows that his family is dead but he still doesnt want to fully commit to a relationship with Moira He feels like it would be betraying his wife It is unusual to see a man like Dwight
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