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Look to the future and beware. How and to what effect have writers depicted the future? Discuss with reference to 2-3 works that you have studied.Wislawa Szymborska and Henrick Ibsen

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Look to the future and beware. How and to what effect have writers depicted the future? Discuss with reference to 2-3 works that you have studied. The future has always been an area of interest for humans. We have tried to devise different ways of predicting it since our ever so curious brains want to know everything that will happen in the forthcoming time. The ironical part about this "prediction" is that we somewhere down the line know that this is impossible because the power which is making our world run can't be figured out so easily and future being one of its deepest and darkest secrets is definitely not something this power will let out to us. Moreover, it is not only the common man who falls for this 'foretelling' trap. Many eminent writers have also been a part of this, Wislawa Szymborska and Henrick Ibsen being one of them. They have talked about future in their works but not always in the positive way because future portrayed as pleasant and delightful becomes uninteresting and unbelievable because the human psyche takes time to believe the inevitable - the fact that the future doesn't have to be problematic and challenging, it can be full of bliss and ecstasy. ...read more.


So, as we can see, Wislawa talked about hatred and thus cautioned us that hatred isn't something that will leave us, so we better be sharp and keep ourselves miles away from its influence in the future. Apart from "hatred", Wislawa also wrote about the 'pet emotion' of the human race: "true love". She wrote about this pedestaled feeling but with almost the same stance as she had taken while writing "hatred" , to make the reader go against it and be aware of its so called attack. In "true love", Szymborska has tried to pass on one simple message that love is selfish and so are the lovers. These people don't care about anything since they live in a bubble of their own which is filled with happiness enough to intoxicate a human heart. But, the message in the poem is clear; true love isn't "necessary", it isn't "practical" and it is definitely not "normal". This is said because true love "comes along so rarely" that if people start depeding on finding the true love of their life, they will become worthless due to the depression and misery of not being able to find that love. ...read more.


So, she decided to move out of thehouse, the marriage and the life because she understood that it was all just a fa�ade. Thus, by showing this, henrick in that time tried to show that this is the present and the future. Women are maltreated and there will be a day when they will walk out of their marriages; when thwy will realize their sacrifices are not worth the cause and that will be the doomsday of our society because women have the power to make a household, make a life. Therefore, he tried to point out to the future with his play and told the world to be cautious and this could only be done by making everyone acknowledge the fact that women are also humans, not "dolls" and they deserve to be treated as equals too. Thus, in the end I would say, writers have definitely pointed out to the the future and tried to warn us of the problems that could be there in the forthcoming time. All we have to do is decide our point of view; whether we believe in what they're saying or not, whether their future prediction" is prudent or not. ...read more.

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