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Throughout the whole of this short story The Machine Stops we are shown the possibility of a world dominated by machines In a similar way to The Terminator or The Matrix it tells of how humans lose control and are pushed out of the life they created Two of the characters Vashti a lecturer and her son Kuno show the ways in which this new race of people is taken over by the Machine They and the others around them are part of a huge underground society that is built like a giant honeycomb The people living in this world have been bred to suit their changing lifestyle Anything that seems like a useful quality in todays world like bravery strength imagination curiosity is frowned upon and those genes are avoided for breeding The new humans are weak pale images of their ancestors and each generation is increasingly brainwashed by the ruling machine Kuno is the rebel of this story He alone challenges the way that his life is set out Even though he is weak he does not lack courage or curiosity He makes it his goal to go outside the honeycomb to step upon the surface of the Earth This is a shock for his mother above all for she is an idealistic member of the Machines community However Kuno strives to achieve his goal yet when he finally reaches the harsh outer air a mending apparatus drags him back It is revealed by him that he had a glimpse of other beings that must surely dwell on the surface of the planet When he speaks of this he manages to plant a tiny seed of doubt in Vashtis mind about what they have been taught and she briefly sees the brainwashing that has been taking place Soon she is fully aware that the being Kuno witnessed outside was the same race as herself and was still managing to survive Kunos adventure is
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