(2016 premidterm assignment)

Model Student Midterm answers 2016 (Index)

Essay 1: Compare, contrast, and evaluate Narratives of the Future

LITR 4368
Literature of the Future  

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Nikki Jones

20 Feb. 2016

The Three Narratives: Hand-in-Hand

          In futuristic literature there are many genres and subgenres to be found, so much so that one could potentially get lost in them all. Three of the major genres of futuristic literature are apocalyptic fiction, evolutionary fiction, and alternative (future) fiction. These three genres may sound like they are completely separate concepts, and they very well can be written as such, but more often than not readers will find that the concepts for these genres overlap and mesh together within their stories. Examples of these storylines are some that we have seen in web highlight presentations so far or have read in the class books, especially in Parable of the Sower and Stone Lives.

          Victoria Webb best described this idea when she said in her past essay, “Perhaps religion and science fiction are not as opposing as many would traditionally believe.” In stories that readers could potentially see as strictly apocalyptic literature, like Parable, other readers will recognize the growth aspects that come with ideas of evolution. We see this the most in Lauren’s character. She is always growing, evolving, and adapting to the steady changes that happen in her life. When her town is burned and destroyed Lauren is forced to change her way of living and even thinking and evolve, like we see in the theory of Social Darwinism. Lauren truly begins to understand the world she is involuntarily pushed into and relies on intellectual and natural instinct and comes to understand the concept of survival of the fittest. Lauren proves that she is aware and that she even accepts this concept by having her own religion, Earthseed, revolve around the ideal that “God is Change” (Butler 1).