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Despite surface differences in Jeanettes Wintersons Disappearance and Welcome To The Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut both authors have created stories with pointed commentary at the worlds progression into the future Both stories are set in a futuristic society that has abandoned human needs sex and sleep in order to benefit what the mass thinks of as the greater good Through the plot sequences and characters used both authors have established a common theme with a simple but multi-faceted message Human nature will and must prevail This theme is demonstrated through the demise of both main characters the style in which sleep and sex are described throughout the stories and the way in which the author has attempted to create disdain for the characters oppressors the governmentsocietyVonneguts story spans the untimely kidnapping of a women named Nancy McLuhan a civil servant working for the Ethical Suicide Service In the society Nancyis a part of there is severe overpopulation and people are encouraged not to reproduce It was made compulsory for each person to take ethical birth control pills drugs which didnt interfere with ones ability to reproduce rather just numbed all feeling from the waist down rendering sex unpleasurable Nancy strongly supports this ideal and had contempt for those who did not abide by the law In the storys closing however Nancy is slowly but surely moving towards an epiphany of sorts that allows her to realise the relevance of human sexualityWintersons story take the opposite route for its bed torn demise In the world created by Winterson people are deprived of sleep and beds themselves are slowly becoming obsolete and illegal The story is told from the viewpoint of the main character -who remains unnamed I will continue to refer to the character as a male but in retrospect have realised there is no direct mention of a gender- Winterson also happens to be a lesbian so the references to
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