World War Z

World War Z

by

Max Brooks

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Christina Eliopolis Character Analysis

Eliopolis, a tough air force pilot and colonel, worked to transport goods and supplies to remote army and civilian outposts during the war. On one such trip, her plane exploded in the air and she parachuted to the zombie-infested swamplands below. She was the only survivor from her crew, and even though she was brave and capable, she was filled with fear. Luckily, her radio buzzed to life and a Skywatcher who called herself “Mets” said that she saw Eliopolis’ plane crash and would help guide her to a safe place from where she could picked up by a rescue plane. Eliopolis managed to make it out safe and credits Mets with saving her life. However, the narrator has read the psychiatrist’s report that says Mets doesn’t exist—Eliopolis’ radio had broken, and no one had found a Skywatcher named Mets. Eliopolis, however, insists that Mets wasn’t a figment of her imagination. Her interview suggests that she invented another person to help her through this extremely stressful time since she didn’t think she would be able to make it by herself. As a woman in a male-dominated field, Eliopolis felt additional pressure to prove herself, and the air force psychiatrist concluded that Mets was a sort of mother-figure to her.
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Christina Eliopolis Character Timeline in World War Z

The timeline below shows where the character Christina Eliopolis appears in World War Z. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5: Home Front USA
Humanity vs. Monstrosity Theme Icon
The Fragility of Privilege and Modern Life Theme Icon
...Guard Base, Tennessee. Gavin Blaire takes the narrator to meet his squadron commander, Colonel Christina Eliopolis, who has a reputation for being very tough. She tells the narrator that she was... (full context)
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Eliopolis’ team sometimes dropped food and medicine, but Sinclair asked them to prioritize delivery of tools... (full context)
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On one such mission, the plane that Eliopolis was on crashed, and she still doesn’t understand what exactly happened. They were headed from... (full context)
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Eliopolis guessed she was somewhere over swampy Louisiana, but she found it hard to think straight.... (full context)
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When Eliopolis landed, she went looking for the other chute through the cold swamp. A couple hours... (full context)
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Just then, Eliopolis’ radio came on and a civilian voice asked if anyone had survived the wreck. Eliopolis... (full context)
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Eliopolis felt lost, but with Mets’ help, she began to figure out where she was and... (full context)
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The Cost of War Theme Icon
Eliopolis felt determined and focused as she made her way north, and all her training came... (full context)
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Eliopolis climbed to the top of the SUV and started taking them down one by one.... (full context)
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Eliopolis woke up to hear Zack’s moans and saw at least a hundred of them on... (full context)
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Eliopolis made it to the freeway, but her injury prevented her from climbing it easily. As... (full context)
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Eliopolis tells the narrator that Mets wasn’t just a civilian—she must have been a pilot, too.... (full context)