“We are all connected to each other in a circle that never ends” and in a special way, this quote, adapted from Walt Disney’s motion picture, Pocahontas, stands true. Whether it’s our mothers, our fathers, our sisters, our brothers or even our next-door neighbors, we are all linked to each other in close or distant relationships that are from time to time threatened by major factors concerning each of our different moral fibres and principles.
The purpose of this essay is to evaluate and discuss the major threats to two different relationships in two separate stories.
E.M Forster’s “ The Machine Stops” no doubt embodies the dismal consequences of technology as the human race develops and highlights a mother and son’s toil to overcome their two different perspectives.
The weightiest, perhaps, most prominent threat to Vashti and Kuno’s relationship is the contraption that keeps both alive; the machine. In an epoch of innovative expertise, all and sundry have come to hinge on to the machine for the most basic of daily tasks. This reality breeds a populace whereby mere existence relies on the proper functioning of the machine. Moreover, since the machine does run flawlessly, the populace has come to praise it with the same value as people praise God; up to the extent of writing a manual titled “ The Book”, the use of capital letters emphasizing the importance of the manual in alliance with the Bible, and in which all solutions to any technical problems to do with the management of the machine are written.
Due to this major factor, a number of other smaller yet significant factors are brought about. The first being the dismissal of direct contact between people to the point where physical contact is considered a sin in “ she behaved barbarically… people never touched one another”. The operation of the machine is such that every citizen is assigned to his or her own humble abode within the underground living quarters. Along with that, each habitat in the...