World War Z

World War Z


Max Brooks

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Stanley MacDonald Character Analysis

MacDonald is a Canadian army veteran, and is among the first who saw zombies outside of China. He and his team were investigating the drug trade in Kyrgyzstan when they found chewed up human remains outside a cave. Inside, MacDonald saw a zombie, which had been severed at the torso, but was still moving and trying to bite him. No one had heard about the zombie virus at the time, and MacDonald was completely unnerved by these events. However, back in Canada, his report was dismissed as PTSD. MacDonald’s account describes the complete terror of first encountering a zombie since its behavior is so foreign to anything people are familiar with or expect. Also, it shows that armies and governments around the world carelessly ignored early reports, which led to the problem eventually becoming unmanageable.
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Stanley MacDonald Character Timeline in World War Z

The timeline below shows where the character Stanley MacDonald appears in World War Z. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: Warnings
The Cost of War Theme Icon effective against the zombies. This has made Meteora popular with pilgrims and tourists. Stanley MacDonald, a Canadian veteran, has traveled here to seek peace. He first encountered the zombies while... (full context)
Fear Theme Icon
...a detonated booby trap, and there was a moving hand sticking out through the rubble. MacDonald instinctively grabbed it, and it immediately latched onto his, crushing his fingers and not letting... (full context)
The Fragility of Privilege and Modern Life Theme Icon
After sharing their discoveries back in Edmonton, MacDonald and his team were told they’d been exposed to “unknown chemical agents” or were having... (full context)