Soft Machine - Daniel Pearson Ms. Shackelford Journal Entry...

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Daniel Pearson Ms. Shackelford Journal Entry Meaning Hidden in The Soft Machine Easily one of the most vulgar popular literary works, The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs brings considerable controversy to the science fiction community. Some regard the book as completely repulsive claiming it lacks structure and a plot, substituting them with borderline pornographic accounts; others deem the novel as innovative and experimental in style, while addressing key societal issues. In our class, for example, almost nobody admitted to enjoying the book when asked. This dichotomy between people who liked the novel and those who disliked it exists because the vulgarity distracted some people from the overall purpose of the novel – criticizing the societal obsession with control. The Soft Machine depicts a world of complete control, including control of thought, the past, and sex. Control of thought yields the choppy, incomplete, and fragmented presentation of ideas in the novel since they cannot develop into full, coherent thoughts.
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2008 for the course ENGL 191 taught by Professor Shackelford,laura during the Fall '04 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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