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Consider Why Visions of the Future are Common in Literature. Make Specific Reference to

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Consider Why Visions of the Future are Common in Literature. Make Specific Reference to "The Chrysalids" and at Least One Other Text. In this essay I will try to explain why visions of the future are so common in literature. To do this I will make reference to "The Chrysalids" by John Wyndham, "Brother In the Land" by Robert Swindell, "Z for Zachariah" by Robert C. O'Brien and also a television series called "Futurama", created by Matt Groening. This essay consists of three main parts: an introduction, an explanation on why visions of the future are abundant and a conclusion. There are various reasons why visions of the future are commonly found in literature and other media, I will emphasize in what I believe are the four most important. People are often dogmatic when it comes to their way of living or their beliefs and will not accept any form of criticism whatsoever. Not only will people not accept opinions on a particular matter, but it is also a risky and not socially accepted thing to do. For this reason writers cannot just write criticism and publish it. ...read more.


Very certainly we shall struggle against the inevitable just as these remnants of the Old People do" (Page 195). We can also see that this is a commonly shared opinion as it is also seen in "Examination Day" as we see that the government does not accept having a high intelligence quotient, showing its disagreement towards evolution. We often hear older people saying who much have things changed in the last years and their disagreement towards it saying how things did not use to be such and such way in their time. Another reason why visions of the future are common is because of what they want to show. We have already seen that writers place their stories in the future to write criticism without fear from prosecution but they often base their novels or stories in the future to show, according to their point of view, how humanity will be at that time if we continue as we are, in other words, to show the possible apocalyptic consequences of our present actions. This aspect is also related to the time in which the stories were written. For example: novels which were written during the course, or after the cold war (around the 1960s) ...read more.


We can see that John Wyndham uses this resource when he writes about how the eerie flying machine comes from the sky and lets out a sort of cobweb that kills everyone: "the white machine rested in the middle of the clearing. The device on top of it had ceased to revolve, and now that it was observable, seemed to be a sort of conical spiral... built up from some almost transparent material" (page 191). There are a plethora of novels, movies and television series whose theme is about the future and humanity's possible outcome in it. In synthesis we can say that visions of the future are abundant due to their varying purposes: criticism, forewarning or simply to express one's fears of what is to come but also because of what the author wants to write about and what are the limits he is willing to break. We can also conclude that even though visions of the future are common in literature, they are also common in other types of format such as television series and movies. In my own personal opinion I believe all four purposes are equally important yet I tend more to believe that we see so much science fiction because we are intrigued by it, though our fear towards it leads us to believe only in the apocalyptic resolutions of it. ...read more.

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