A respone paper to the novel "The Day of the Triffids" by John Wyndham.

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The Day of the Triffids

The Day of the Triffids written by John Wyndham is a novel about a catastrophic disaster that takes place on earth. A meteor shower had caused all of those who viewed, to loose their eye sight. Still a small percentage of people who could see remained. It was up to a man named Bill and others like him to carry on the human existence. John Wyndham deals with some contemporary concerns in The Day of the Triffids. Because of this, this text is relevant to dealing with issues in today's society.

The novel is a good example of what could take place if a catastrophic event where to take place on earth. If the was a nuclear war, plague, or any other catastrophe, how would the survivors react? Wyndham's novel addresses this very concern. It is up to the sighted people that are left to take charge, and to try and save as many other people as possible, without the endangering of the remaining sighted population.

In today's society we are dealing with possible a nuclear holocaust, suicide bombings, biological warfare and much more. It is very likely that these dangers could soon become a reality. In complete chaos, I believe that some will take charge and try to organize in order to save themselves and others. I also believe that some could very well revert to barbarianism causing problems for the other survivors.

Today people are not as self sufficient. We all rely on our cell phones, computers, televisions, and everything else that could possibly make our lives easier. If civilization was instantly turned back to the Stone Age, many would not know how to survive. Only a small percentage of the population actually knows how to survive off the land, and even...