Title: 2001 2001 the novel was written by Arthur C. Clark and made into a film in 1968 by Stanley Kubrick. 2001 is the first in a series of novels about the future of humankind. It begins with the dawn of time, and ends with a human who is given disembodied existence. An alien force greater then ourselves has be guiding us, first by teaching our ancestors how to hunt and introducing survival of the fittest, and then after we have discovered the advanced technology to excavate the moon they lead us to Jupiter where we take the next step in evolution. This story and film were both very innovative for their time. Kubrick uses the visual rhetoric in each scene to create a dramatic pause. The long steady shots, of space and silence create tension. This tension is a recreation of the anxiety felt in the 1960's

Title: 1984 1984 written by George Orwell in 1948 is a story about the social and political environment of the not so far off future. It is a place where history is rewritten to suit the needs of the ruling class, and its citizens must always look over their shoulders because they never know who may be watching. The activities and thoughts of man are controlled. And our three united countries, Eurasia, Eastasia, and Ocieana are forever fighting; according to the Ministry of War. Orwell uses the rhetoric of example to make a point in this novel. 1984, is the extreme of what is currently happening in 1948, but since the real citizens are only witnessing insignificant examples of government control, they do not see the harm. Orwell's exageration is a warning to where the current policies might lead the nation.

Title: Brave New World A Brave New Word written by Aldus Huxley tells the story of futuristic advances in technology. With the scientific power of cloning it is possible to breed an inferior race of workers and servants. When creating these test-tube babies one simply adds alcohol and we have bred slaves, with inferior intelligence. Then with childhood negative reinforcement it is easy to instill the conditioning for obedience, Meanwhile the rest of us enjoy our ideal society and let the inferior do all the dirty work. In this novel, Huxley exstrapolates each condition giving us an absurdity. Yet these are real examples under the guise of exageration. When viewed in Brave New World the reader understands the injustice of the society, but are blind to the same behavior in their own. Huxley uses the persuasion of exageration to make his point.

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