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The Brass Butterfly concerns how new science and technology has an impact on humanity. Discuss how Golding presents these issues and concerns.

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The Brass Butterfly concerns how new science and technology has an impact on humanity. Discuss how Golding presents these issues and concerns. The title itself is an oxymoronic phrase. Brass is a tough alloy of copper and zinc whereas a butterfly is delicate, ephemeral, and changeable. This oxymoronic combination symbolises the oxymoronic relationship between science and technology, and art and religion. Phanocles is like brass, based around science, whereas Mamillius is the butterfly, poetic and changeable, as we see towards the end when he changes his beliefs to be with Euphrosyne As well as this, there are symbiotic relationships between Mamillius and Euphrosyne, and Phanocles and the Emperor. Although they each have different beliefs, they need each other to be happy. ...read more.

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When the bomb explodes, it happens off-stage so the audience doesn't see it, meaning that they can't have their own interpretation of what happened. When you try to determine who is right and who is wrong, you get conflicts, e.g. between Mamillius and Phanocles, and between science and religion. There are people in the world who believe that the earth was made as a result of the big bang, and there are others who believe God created it. Conflicts occur when these people insist that their interpretation is correct. This is also how a lot of wars are started. Everyone lives in a different world and your words create the world you live in. Golding shows that by understanding other people's language, you can see the world they live in. ...read more.

Conclusion

On page 55 Phanocles says, "We build on the expectation of man's goodness and the foundations collapse under us." His inventions were supposed to be used for good which is what he expected, but Postumus used the brass butterfly for evil. Throughout the play, Golding shows how the different characters have different views on technology. Phanocles is an inventor and tries to invent new technology to help humanity; however, although the emperor is pragmatic, he does not like the change. On page 74 the emperor says "But I like the old world! What has yours to offer?" This is what technology does to the world, it changes it and some people don't like change like Caesar. Technology also means that jobs will be lost, which is what the emperor and Phanocles discuss on pages 75-76. These views were expressed strongly by the Luddites in 1811. ...read more.

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