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The allegorical aspects of this literary work lie in the idea that you either choose to live in pleasure and self-indulgence and thus end up in Hell, or you turn and repent, thus gaining access to Heaven. This is a major theme in the world of Lost. Here are a few connections:
1. In The Great Divorce: Those who are in Purgatory (the grey land), waiting for Hell, are invited onto a bus that will take them to the foothills of heaven.
On LOST: All of our Losties were in the grey lands of their lives before crashing onto the island.
2. In The Great Divorce: These people find it near impossible to acclimate to these various foothills, because they are so used to their old lives. Some love the new terrain, while others want to return to the grey land.
On LOST: Many of our Losties want to get off the island, but a select few, who see the true beauty of the island, want to stay and explore the awesomeness of it.
3. In The Great Divorce: The people on the bus ride are visited by people they had once known in their lives. These old friends try to convince the bus people to repent of their old lives so that they will acclimate to the foothills. Many fear the change and return to the grey lands.
On LOST: Our Losties are constantly visited by the ghosts of their pasts. And these ghosts regularly try to convince the Losties to put their old lives behind them and start new on the island. Unfortunately, many of them still want to leave…and 6 of them do.
Now, let’s look at the 3 Losties we’ve seen off the island (foothills) and back in the real world (grey lands). They are miserable. I understand that we don’t fully understand why they’re miserable yet, but it may be safe to say that the island, though it requires more sacrifice, offers a better life.
What are your thoughts?