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Life as a Paradox in Morrison and Butler Morrison and Butler have created in the Oankali and in the citizens of Haven societies which hold a paradoxical reverence for life They present two imagined utopian societies micro chasms of todays society whose conflicts bring out the undeniable nature of man showing us that it is not only human nature but is just nature Intrinsic to everything alive even the Oankali In these societies attempts at preserving one life however they ultimately destroy another Both these works carry a literary and cultural importance This significance comes from their function as a sort of looking glass a fairly unbiased glimpse into todays world There is much to learn from these miniature societies about ourselves and society as a whole if we are willing In Paradise we come to know about the young town of Haven Once the citizens of Ruby Oklahoma Havens founders were pioneers on exodus in the late 1800s to establish their own promised land their paradise This group of founding fathers sought a place all their own where even freed slaves could live without the intolerance and hate of whites own their own homes and businesses flourish and prosper without regulation Havens history begins as a paradise--a Golden Age of prosperity leisure innovation and independence--but quickly shows its true dystopic colors witness to its transformation into the very society the towns creation rebelled against The old folks trying to make life better for their children welcomed technology such as washers and dryers irons and vacuums into their homes As a result unimaginable amounts of time saved in housework were devoted to leisure and the people as a result found their children getting lazy The old folks wish to go back to the good ol days while the youth feel the town is stuck in the past Haven is missing the social revolution taking place all over the world and while the youth are
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