2013 | 19 | 364-376
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Jak przeżyć traumę apokalipsy i odzyskać wiarę w ludzi (w grze "The Last of Us")

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How to Survive the Trauma of Apocalypse and Regain Faith in People (the Game "The Last of Us")
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The article analyses the title text of culture, created by Naughty Dog studio. The most important topic is a personal trauma experienced by the main character, and caused by the loss of his daughter. This issue is directly related to the moral collapse that after a catastrophe affected the whole humanity. The key reference and literary inspiration for the work discussed is provided by "The road" of Cormac McCarthy, and especially by the most significant for this novel topic of morality in times after the disaster, and preservation of humanity in a post-apocalyptic world. In the presented interpretation also "The Last of Us" tells the story of redemption the sins of the “time of postapocalypse” by the hero and regaining faith in another human. The road of the main characters, as for a father and son from the American book, is principally directed toward a moral transformation: to understand that one should return to morality before the catastrophe, and establish relationships with other people based on cooperation, not brutal rivalry. The most important reason for the transformation of the main character is a relationship with a fourteen-year-girl, developing while wandering, which a final moment is to establish between them a father-daughter relationship, whereby the man can be liberated from the original trauma. An important issue raised in the text is to reflect on different levels of a player's extremely intense experience of the story being told, stemming from the overall specificity of the medium and a breakthrough construction of "The Last of Us".
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