61 Hours Connections

In the book 61 Hours, the author, Lee Child, exemplifies common similarities to other pieces 8of writing. In the novel, Jack Reacher, the protagonist, and Holland, the trusted police captain, drove to an abandoned air force base. They went there in an attempt to find the organisation in charge of the murder of a witness to a big drug case. As they arrive at the base, Child writes, “‘He just arrived’” and “‘How long have you known?’” (338). The character Holland was revealed to be the assassin for the organisation, or an “evil all along” character. This is common in many books and films. One of which is the Harry Potter series, with multiple characters being this way. In The Philosopher’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling, the teacher Quirinus Quirrel was revealed to have Voldemort on the back of his head, keeping Voldemort alive. Quirrel was believed to be a quiet and shy teacher with a stutter, but turned out to be keeping the evillest man in the world alive. The “evil all along” character are what make these books similar.

At one point in the story, Jack Reacher tried to return to the witness’ home to protect her, since he had to go out for a while. The police in the story had to go for the emergency, which left the witness alone in her home. The story is located in the winter of South Dakota, which made the surroundings very cold and full of snow: “Not the dull padded silence of fresh snowfall, but the weird keening, crackling, scouring, rustling hiss of a deep-frozen world. The thump of his footsteps ran ahead of him through veins and sheets of ice…hurling tiny frozen needles at him.” The protagonist is trying to reach a destination through a lot of snow and ice, which are obstacles. This is similar to the short story “To Build a Fire” by Jack London. The character in Jack London’s story attempts to reach his home in a frozen Yukon Winter. He tries to make many fires, most of which fail due to the cold.

These are two examples of how the 61 Hours have connections with other pieces of text.

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