Extreme Science Development in Huxley’s Brave New World and Patterson’s When The Wind Blows

bravenewworld_covfinHow science progressed! About two centuries ago, a mere telephone call was almost something marked ‘impossible’. Yet here, in the twenty first century, we are wasting our telephone bill by calling our friends every five minutes. Better yet, there’s Whatssup! Chatting online for free. Who knows what could be in store for all of us in the future? Time Machines are basically what everybody thinks. But what about the glass aeroplanes that are said to be planned to arrive in 2020? Or the trip to Mars that everyone is talking about? It may not come true in a few years, but the chances of it happening isn’t slim. Anything’s possible.

The Brave New World is written in 1931, exactly the time where great inventions started to develop and new models came up. But the imagination in this book is priceless. This story is very utopian, but could possibly the future point of view from the author. This is a world where humans are no longer oviparous. Babies are born through test tubes. Not only that, but human babies were raised artificially with all the newest technology one could think of.

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Fairy Tales From Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman

brother grimm“Swiftness is a great virtue in the fairy tales. All we need is the word ‘Once’ and we’re off!”

I’ve always like fairy tales, probably because of watching the  TV series Once Upon a Time, and falling in love by how twisted the plots become. And in a second, this book landed in my hands. I’ve reread the stories many many times, and it always ends with a happy ending.

Philip Pullman, who had joined all these fairy tails together was born on 19 October 1946. His most famous books were the His Dark Materials series, a trilogy that I had read some time ago, and his fictional book about Jesus called Jesus, The Good Man Jesus and Scoundrel Christ.

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1984 by George Orwell

1984For the author, George Orwell, the year 1984 seemed so far away. But in the present, the year 1984 has already come and gone. The setting of the story was so distorted, with the whole country under the control of a strong leader named ‘Big Brother.’ ‘Big Brother’ was worshiped like crazy. His photos were everywhere across Oceania and people chanted his name. Winston Smith, who was the main protagonist, was a dilligent and hard worker, a member of the middle class. But secretly, he hated the party, questioning who ‘Big Brother’ really was. He wrote down his thoughts in a journal.

His thoughts grew more and more disturbed as he thought of the way Big Brother could manipulate people minds. Like the last week, the television announced that chocolate rations were decreased from 30 grams to 20 grams, but the next day, everyone was cheering as Big Brother had increased the chocolate rations. Oceania was suddenly at war with another country, while it used to be alliance. It was announced that they always were under war. People amazingly believed it. This term was called double think in the story.

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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

count-of-monte-cristoThere are two parts in this story. The first part before and when Edmond is in jail, and the part when Edmond becomes a Count. This is my warning to you: do not pick this book up and start it if you have something important that you can’t skip it or you need to do in the next day or three. The reason why is you won’t be able to put the book down, or if you do, you’ll move zombielike through your everyday tasks while your mind stays with the adventures of Edmund Dantes.

Edmond Dantes is a young and very successful merchant sailor. As the ship lands, Dantes is the first to inform the ship’s owner, Morrel, that their Captain has died and told Dantes to deliver two packets: One to Marshall Bertrand, and the other to an unknown man in Paris. Morrel hints that Dantes may be the next captain. This conversation is overheard by Danglars, a man also working for the same ship, and very jealous of Dantes’s success. While he watches Edmond invite everyone he knows for his wedding with Mercedes, Danglars teams up with Caderousse and Fernard, somebody who is in love with Mercedes. They send a letter, and pretty soon, on the day of the wedding, a few minutes before Edmond and Mercedes are declared as husband and wife, Edmond, as innocent as he is, is arrested.

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As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

as i lay dyingAddie Bundren  is being expected to die in the beginning of the story. As I Lay Dying is about Addie’s death and her family’s journey to bury her in Jefferson, just like her wish. Every family member, Anse, Addie’s husband; Cash, the oldest child; Darl, the second; Jewel, the third; Dewey Dell, the only girl and the fourth; and Vardaman, the youngest child are preparing for her death. Cash is building her coffin right in front of her bed-room window.

On some days before Addie’s sad death, Darl and Jewel leave the farm to make a delivery to Vernon Tull and Cora, his wife. Shortly after they left, Addie dies. Cash, with some help, finally completes the coffin before dawn. They live in a farm in 1930, which maybe suggests why Addie’s death is quick. The modern medication may result in a different story-line. It is also mentioned that everybody try to make her recover, even people from the neighboring farms, Vernon Tull and his wife, Cora. Both of them agree to come to Jefferson to bury Addie.

Vardaman is troubled by Addie being nailed down in the coffin. After all, I found out that he is still a boy, under ten years old. He nails some holes in the coffin which two of them go through Addie’s face. I understand Vardaman is sad that his mother shuts down in the coffin, but because of his actions, his mother’s peaceful death is quite disturbed. By reading this chapter, I want to understand more on death. What happens if you die? Will you rebirth if your life is bad? Or do you go to heaven/hell? Nobody knows about the mystery of death even though every religion is trying to answer it.

The first night to Jefferson is not a success at all. Addie’s coffin is almost drowned. Their set of mules are drowned and Jewel needs to sell his horse. Anse uses up all the money because he needs to buy fake teeth. Cash spends his money to buy equipment. They sacrifice everything to Addie’s wish to be buried in Jefferson.

Dewey Dell, the girl that is about seventeen, gets pregnant with neighbor’s farmer. Long time ago, people who are pregnant without marriage is considered bad luck. Now they are not, even though pregnancy should be planned carefully. Baby ought be born in a good and loving married couple. And it is all that matters. Dewey Dell, along the journey to Jefferson, is trying her best to buy medicine to stop the pregnancy, but she fails three times.

The whole journey is a sad journey. Though finally Addie is buried, Anse, her husband comes up with another woman, the new Mrs. Bundren. I think that is disrespectful. Right after they bury Addie, the first thing he does is to rob his kids to buy his false teeth, then flirts with a lady who lents him a shovel. In my opinion, Anse is the worst character in the story.

William Faulkner is one of the most important writers in American literature. He recieved the 1949 Nobel Prize in literature. Two of his works, A Fable and The Reivers won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Pulitzer Prize is awarded for distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life. According to Modern Library List, As I Lay Dying is one of the 100 best English Language Novel of the 20th century. I am glad I am able to read the book.