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Unformatted text preview: Robots Rule! In the early 1900’s Czechoslovakian writer Karel Capek was struck by an idea for a new play. He rushed to his brother excited about his idea yet still cloudy on a few details. Capek’s new play was to involve artificial workers but he did not have a name for them. His brother, Josef Capek, a distinguished painter and writer, pondered his brother’s dilemma for a moment and said, “Call them Robots” coming from the Czech word “robota” which means labor. Thus, in 1920, the word Robot is first introduced to the mainstream in the play “R.U.R.” an acronym for Rossum’s Universal Robots. Capek focuses on the speedy, dangerous advancement of technology in society and the overall dehumanization that follows. Also, R.U.R. says something of mankind’s own repetitive moves and actions and how we ourselves can be somewhat of a Robot. We wake up at certain times, make sure we are at appointments and obey laws without question. The scientists even act like Robots when they first meet Helena, instantly falling in love, planning to stand in line in an attempt to woo her into marriage. Out of this love, Dr. Gall robotically caves in to Helena’s pleas to make the Robots more human. When asked about the reason for 1 female Robots, Domin, Rossum’s Universal Robot’s manager responds, “There’s a certain demand for [female...
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- Spring '08
- Karel Capek, R.U.R., Karel apek, Domin