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Definition: a universal or widespread destruction or disaster.
The apocalypse commonly known as "The End of the World." The word originates from the Greek word for "revelation"or "unveiling."
The idea of an apocalypse is primarily linked to religious predictions. The writings originate from Middle Eastern mythology and symbolism.
It is said that God will intervene during an evil age and force upon oppressors suffering that he sees fit at the time. This type of story is seen in the battle of Armageddon, a well-known bible story in which the Messiah returns to earth and defeats the Antichrist (Satan) during the end times.

Associated Stories:
Shaun of the Dead
I Am Legend
Zombie Apocalypse
Independence Day
Mary Shelley's The Last Man
Return of the Dead
The Day After Tomorrow
Falling Skies
Richard Jefferies' After London
Cowboys and Aliens
Planet of the Apes
H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds
Paul Brians' Nuclear Holocausts: Atomic War in Fiction
The majority of Stephen King novels
Nostradamus' predictions
Blast From The Past

How It Functions Within a Story:
The apocalypse is most commonly seen as the main theme of a story or plot line. Passages are difficult to define in the midst of literature and film because the apocalypse is the idea not a specific event. For example, in I Am Legend, the whole movie is about the end of the world, and it is hard to pick out a specific passage that highlights this theme.

  • End of the World
  • Extraterrestrial Takeovers
  • Devastating Natural Disasters
  • Religious Predictions

The Apocalypse is a great example of how humans fear the end of the world, and how religion has had a great influence on how we react to certain events in our everyday lives. For example, during Y2K, many people stocked up on necessities for survival in case tragedy struck. It didn't.

Other references in popular culture: