World War Z

World War Z


Max Brooks

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Fernando Oliveira Character Analysis

Oliveira was a Brazilian doctor who used to perform illegal organ transplants before the zombie outbreak. His patients were often from privileged nations from Europe and North America, and he got most of his organs from China. Oliveira and his cardiologist accomplice Dr. Silva conducted a heart transplant on Herr Muller, a patient from Austria. At the time, the world still didn’t know about the zombie virus, and they didn’t realize that they’d put an infected heart in Muller, who died right after and then reanimated as a zombie. Muller killed and fed on Dr. Silva, and Oliveira, who was terrified, put a bullet through his brain and killed him. The corrupt Brazilian cops whom Oliveira paid off helped him cover up the incident. Oliveira says that his patients, many of them Americans, asked no questions about the source of their organs and went right back to their privileged, happy lives after their operations—neither he nor they initially realized that many of them must have been infected with the virus since most of the organs came from China. His account shows that the illegal organ trade was also a way by which the virus spread around the world, and that this was helped along not just by crime but by the apathy that comes from privilege.

Fernando Oliveira Quotes in World War Z

The World War Z quotes below are all either spoken by Fernando Oliveira or refer to Fernando Oliveira. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Humanity vs. Monstrosity Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Three Rivers edition of World War Z published in 2006.
Chapter 1: Warnings Quotes

When I think about how many transplants I performed, all those patients from Europe, the Arab world, even the self-righteous United States. Few of you Yankees asked where your new kidney or pancreas was coming from, be it a slum kid from the City of God or some unlucky student in a Chinese political prison. You didn’t know, you didn’t care. You just signed your traveler’s checks, went under the knife, then went home to Miami or New York or wherever.

Related Characters: Fernando Oliveira (speaker)
Page Number: 27-28
Explanation and Analysis:
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Fernando Oliveira Character Timeline in World War Z

The timeline below shows where the character Fernando Oliveira appears in World War Z. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: Warnings
Humanity vs. Monstrosity Theme Icon
...goes to the settlement of the Yanomami or the “Fierce People” to speak with Fernando Oliveira, a drug-addled white man. Oliveira says that before the outbreak, he made a lot of... (full context)
Fear Theme Icon the medication or just the trauma of such a big procedure, and he told Oliveira to go relax and that he would watch Muller. While Oliveira was out on the... (full context)
Fear Theme Icon
Oliveira got his gun from his car, and then knocked on Muller’s door. Receiving no response,... (full context)
Humanity vs. Monstrosity Theme Icon
Oliveira says that Muller’s wife was lucky because he had reanimated immediately rather than carrying the... (full context)
The Fragility of Privilege and Modern Life Theme Icon
Oliveira says that none of his clients, even those from the “self-righteous United States,” cared where... (full context)