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Haubold 1 Max Haubold English 123 12/8/2009 Final Paper The Fall of Society: Hope is Our Only Hope The Unknown. This is possibly one of the most captivating and thought provoking subjects a human mind can dwell upon. “What-if” scenarios and possible outcomes of the society we live in are intriguing in any capacity, especially those that include chaos and destruction. Here, we wonder what would come of us, and how such a world would affect our inner being. Dystopic novels such as "The Road" and "Children of Men" exemplify that despite chaos and destruction; humankind will always have an innate need for hope, and will not simply dissolve into animalistic behavior. In a world governed by dictatorship, in which children are no longer born and horrifying atrocities are a fact of everyday life, PD James' “The Children of Men” presents a starkly dark stage for a hopeless world. Here, the ominous burden of infertility is clearly a contribution to the psychological destruction of mankind- I can clearly remember the confident words of one biologist spoken when it had finally become apparent that nowhere in the whole world was there a pregnant woman: “It may take us some time to discover the cause of this apparent infertility.” We have had twenty-five years and we no longer even expect to succeed. Like a lecherous stud suddenly stricken with impotence, we are humiliated at the very heart of our faith in ourselves. (James 6) This overshadowing depreciation of society is added unto by more chaos. In the generation with such a burden as to be the last of our species, tension has started to wither the mercy and logic of
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Haubold 2 those in charge. Illegal immigrants are treated harshly and exported, while criminals are ostracized and revert to savagery. This is the epitome of chaos and destruction, while the value of human wellness has fallen to the wayside. The island is a living hell. Those who went there human are nearly all dead and the rest are devils. There's starvation. I know they have seeds, grain, machinery, but these are mostly town offenders not used to growing things, not used to working with their hands. All the stored food has been eaten now, gardens and fields stripped. Now, when people die, some get eaten too. I swear it. It has happened. The island is run by a gang of the strongest convicts. They enjoy cruelty and on Man they can beat and torture and torment and there's no one to stop them and no one to see. Those who are gentle, who care, who ought not to be there, don't last long. (James 63) The culmination of these atrocities, in addition to others such as organized suicide and government surveillance, create a world full of despair and devoid of promise. “The Road”, by Cormac McCarthy, does much of the same, though in a different way.
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