On the beach Essay

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On the beach





On The Beach
In the big city of Melbourne, Australia, material goods have become scarce. There are no
cars, and very little of the luxuries that there once were. It takes hours to get simple
necessities such as milk. All this is because of the nuclear war in the Northern
Hemisphere. This nuclear war has wiped out every living thing, including all humans,
throughout countries like China, Europe, and even the United States. It all began with a
fight between Russia and China, who wanted to destroy each others land. They managed this
with nuclear bombs, and without realizing the consequences, killed off their own people
along with everybody else due to the radiation that was left behind. The radiation has
killed all forms of life in the Northern Hemisphere so far, and is now steadily
approaching the Southern Hemisphere; the only place left on the planet with life.

Lieutenant Commander Peter Holmes lives in Melbourne with his wife, Mary and their infant,
Jennifer. They, along with everyone else in Australia, have heard and known that the
radiation is slowly coming and scientist have predicted that they only have until
September before it spreads throughout Australia, killing them all with a slow sickness.
This sickness includes symptoms such as nausea, diarrhoea, and trembling. It could take
anywhere from three days to three weeks to die, depending on one’s resistance in
their body. Peter is aware of the short time he has left to live out his life, yet his
wife Mary fails to realize that there will be no “next year,” or “next
spring.” She continues to plan ahead as if she will still be alive years or even
months from then. Peter helps to comfort her by allowing her to think this way and buying
her things such as flowers for the garden that will not bloom until the next year.

Peter is called on assignment in the beginning of the book to go on a cruise aboard the
U.S.S. Scorpion, the only submarine left. The goal of this cruise is to see if there is
any form of life in the northern cities of Cairns, Port Moresby and Darwin. Any form of
life would include birds, plants, animals or vegetation. On this cruise, the crew in
unsuccessful in finding any forms of life except one dog roaming around. They go back to
the port in Melbourne and are docked for some time. While docked, Peter invites the
Commander Dwight Towers to stay with him and his wife for the weekend to go sailing and
swimming. Mary decides she wants this to be an adventure for Dwight, and therefore
invites her friend Moira Davidson. Moira seems to be different then most girls; very
forward and drinks too much, and strong in her beliefs. Yet her and Dwight manage to
establish a friendship, which they maintain throughout the book.

A few weeks later, another cruise is assigned, both involving Commander Dwight Towers and
Peter Holmes. This cruise will be much more difficult and more strenuous. They plan to
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