Apocalypsis: Kahayatle by Elle Casey
The scene I’ve chosen in Elle Casey’s Apocalypisis: Kahayatle is a scene in which the protagonist, Bryn, ventures into the home of a deceased police officer to collect a mountain bike for an upcoming journey and discovers a gang of cannibals inhabiting the home. Something that impressed me about Bryn in this scene is that she stayed calm despite the fact that the “guy could have raped [her] and possibly eaten [her] if he could have”, and used her training in krav maga to defend herself (77). This reveals Bryn’s inherent strength and level-headedness in difficult or threatening situations. She wanted to acquire a mountain bike she needed for her journey to the Everglades and instead found herself having an external conflict with people who compromised their morals to make life easier for themselves. Despite the danger she faced and the reality that in krav maga “nothing is tabu and there is no mercy for the enemy”, she was not willing to undermine her own morals because while “[she] was okay with murder in self-defence . . . it didn’t feel right to go that far” (75). The development of the character so far is predictable but realistic nonetheless. Bryn began as a strong but sheltered protagonist who knew nothing about the world that had changed while she hid in her home mourning her father’s death. She dealt with the passing of her father remarkably well, and I think she is someone we should all emulate. She made the best of a terrible occurrence and strove to help those who couldn’t help themselves by taking in Peter (her neighbour) and Buster (a deceased neighbour’s dog) and sharing her skills and knowledge with them to aid in their survival. Personal connections I share with the protagonist centre around the regrets of her past life. She wishes that she had trained harder, learned more, and prepared better for the world that she was forced into. Most of all, she wishes she had done better by her deceased father. While my own regrets are nowhere near as severe or as serious as her own, I do wish I had done better in school, extracurriculars, and in social aspects of my life. Bryn handled her regrets by taking the things she wished she had done and pushing forwards, making sure to achieve the goals she wished she had before. I would hope to handle my conflicts in a similar manner. If I study that much harder or practice that much more, then I can create an outcome that benefits myself and those around me just as Bryn does in the novel.