short paper 4 - Brooke Galietto March 28, 2011 English 355...

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Brooke Galietto March 28, 2011 English 355 – Short Paper #4 The Irony of Modernity Ruth L. Ozeki critiques the ironic nature of modernity in her novel, My Year of Meats. One major symptom of modernity is the movement towards improving, extending, and simplifying human life through the use of technology, increased efficiency, and scientific or logical reasoning. However, certain people become victims of modernity and lose their ability to see clearly; I believe the author tries to uncover this idea throughout the novel. In My Year of Meats , Ozeki provides blatant and sometimes comical examples of individuals who fail to see the irony in their actions. Victims of modernity, which we all are to an extent, fail to realize that sometimes their progress is not always forward moving. Ozeki explores this theory when Oda has an allergic reaction to antibiotics. Antibiotics and medicine in general are quintessential examples of technology that humans put infinite trust in. We are all guilty of naturally
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