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ready player one

Modern epic- the search for the egg

I have always enjoyed epics and I can safely say that adventure video games give me the experience of being in an epic myself. Ready player one also reads like an epic- with many characters hell bent on finding an egg, clues leading to nowhere, friends and enemies being made at each turn and most importantly a teenager becoming a hero- forever immortalised as the discoverer of the egg. Like the holy grail- the egg is something which promises many things and should be seen as a symbolic item. In this novel the egg mean more than just money- it showed Wade who is friends are and that there are more important things in life than just money or a virtual reality, it showed him that life , real life is also important.

I first noticed the allusion to the King Arthur’s legend when Wade introduced his avatar as Parcival. Parcival was the knight who found the holy grail and in this novel Wade finds the egg. This allusion to the holy grail makes sense because in the arthurian legend, it stamds for eternal life and immortality which connects well the the theme of immortality present in the novel.

 

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4 thoughts on “Modern epic- the search for the egg

  1. Life is not lived just in a virtual world and the quest Wade goes on is definitely like a Holy Grail quest. Your reasoning is spot on in saying that this was an epic novel. It reminds me a little bit of the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in the fact that they both have a symbol of immortality to chase after. Halliday’s Easter Egg does resemble the Holy Grail because if you find either of them you have obtained immortality. The Grail in Indiana Jones gives eternal life but i’s power was confined to the temple it resided in, it had a price. The power of the Egg in the book is only present in OASIS but the money that comes along with it reaches into the real world. I don’t know if that works or not but I do like your correlation to King Arthur’s Holy Grail, that works very well.

    Posted by wjcasey | June 23, 2013, 1:40 pm
    • Yes I was going to mention Indiana Jones and the last crusade. I think all epic poems, literature and other media have this quality of the hero seeking immortality in one way or another. This novel was new in the sense that it is a modern epic but it uses all the old techniques of the an old epic poem!

      Posted by aditipre | June 24, 2013, 10:33 am
  2. In the Arthurian legend however, as soon as anyone sees the Holy Grail and the search for it begins, Camelot falls. The beautiful land of justice, honor, and wonderful quests ends in a culmination of perceived betrayal and the blameless King pointing fingers at Queen Guinevere. So in a sense the Egg is like the Holy Grail – the ultimate perfect thing which all humanity is striving for. However, because the Grail is perfection it is inconceivable and unattainable. The Egg on the other hand can be acquired, in fact that is the entire point of the game. The Egg serves to ‘save’ the planet in the sense that it keeps people engaged in OASIS rather than in the real world.

    Wait….is this saving the planet? Perhaps the Egg is more alike to the Holy Grail than originally thought. By protecting OASIS from greedy hands, Wade allows the perpetuation of a virtual world which seems to be furthering the destruction of the real world. OASIS masquerades as a Camelot, but whereas Camelot falls because of the Grail, Earth falls because of the Egg (or at least continues to fall).

    Posted by emmajani | June 23, 2013, 2:42 pm
  3. This novel was Epic! I was also trying to find the words to relate it to the experience of game play. I must say, you did it right. The reading relates to many of the same thrills of playing a videogame. That’s interesting that you picked up on an immortality theme. It’s defiantly there in the form of Haliday. And the extra life is part of that too. And also the resurrection of his friends. But I gathered more of a mortality theme. With the murders and the near death moments. Haliday’s character vanishes in the end. Wade does gain invincibility in the game, but, like a cheat, it destroys the parts of the game that make it worth playing. In the end he decides he wants to live in real space. Of course, mortality and immortality are opposites, so if ones a theme then so is the other. I just thought I should let the other side have a volley as well.

    Posted by chasecon | June 28, 2013, 8:57 pm

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