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The question for this essay is Which of the three novels we have read best describes America right now Another way of phrasing this is Which author best foresaw the direction that western society was headingExplanationYour purpose is to state and defend your opinion as to which of the three novels Fahrenheit 451 Brave New World or 1984 America right now most closely resembles Obviously none of these novels completely resembles America but there are elements in all three novels that do For instance Bradbury saw the obsession with electronic entertainment and the decline of reading Huxley foresaw the sex and drugs culture and Orwell foresaw politically correct language So do not try to argue that the entire story resembles America instead focus on an issue in the storyAn easy way to approach the essay is to compare and contrast aspects of current American society with aspects of the novel This means you must cite specific information both from the novel and from current societyYou must also rebut the opposing viewpoints That is if you believe America most closely resembles the world as depicted in 1984 you must explain why it does not resemble Brave New World and Fahrenheit 451When people talk about how science fiction writers predict the present its because theyve gone through a large corpus of work and picked out certain things We cant just predict there isnt enough story material in straight prediction We make up futures It doesnt matter whether we really think theyll come to pass or not But we ask ourselves only if this will be interesting to deal with if this will make a nice story and then if some of them due come true wellsure it makes him feel very good Isaac Asimov in an interview in 1975 Present time is related to the past as well as the future We can understand what the future might look like by focusing on the past and
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