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Devolution And Survival In The Remember And The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

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As the world turns around and around, our knowledge increases. Everyday that passes by is one lost to the overflow of information in our unending world. Soon, all that we will have left will be an innumerous amount of useless information. We might be understanding how our world works, but does it cost us? As we focus on the way our world works, we lose contact with the things that matter the most. We start focusing on how to survive in our world that we forget to live it. In literary works, The Rememberer and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, both authors demonstrate the consequences of losing focus on what truly matters in life. Each main character follows a simply devolution, where they ...view middle of the document...

Because Ben is upset that the world is paying more attention to unimportant aspects of life, it will lead him to commit suicide. The world’s constant over thinking has lead to humans feeling no emotion and acting more like the animals they are considered to be evolved from.
In The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Benjamin’s father discards him at birth. Benjamin is born looking like an old man, but he acts his age. As his life continues on, Benjamin acts the same way Ben does in The Rememberer. He gets in trouble when caught out of bed and playing with a little girl. Benjamin may look like an old man, but he has the maturity of a 10-year-old boy. Even though Benjamin keeps growing younger he still needs help taking care of himself, just like an old man, infant, or pet would need. Finally, when he becomes a baby again, Benjamin loses his memory and contact with the world leading him to not recognize Daisy as she takes care of him. When Benjamin is growing closer towards his toddler years, he starts acting more like an animal: Beating upon the table, incapable of speech, and unable to walk upright. While this may be due to him getting younger it also shows how he is devolving into an animal.
Ben’s society is devolving and losing focus. The Internet, appearances, age, gender, and other less important things are all ways that society is distorting the definition of love and making civilization less human. There are certain qualifications that people must pass in order to be accepted as normal in today’s world. People place the same qualifications on their loved ones, but no one seems to care about personality or morals anymore. There are so many distractions in the world today for humans to realize that they have redefined the meaning of love. In Bender Gender: Un-Writing the Female Form, Cynthia Barounis points out how Bender has an obsessive focus on the human form. In The Rememberer, Annie places her hands on her own head to see if it is growing, indicating that she to might be devolving. In The Rememberer, Ben realizes that his and Annie’s over thinking is leading to their self-destruction and not allowing them to feel the true meaning of love. Ben warns Annie by saying, “Annie, don’t you see? We’re all getting too smart, our brains are just getting bigger and bigger, and the world dries up and dies when there’s too much thought and not enough heart,” (Bender 3). Ben constantly warns her; “We think far too much,” (Bender 4). Annie and Ben are unable to love each other due to the fact that they are constantly over thinking. Ben understands how the world is losing focus and he attempts to stop the world’s devolution.
Benjamin’s society is also devolving. Everyone Benjamin meets is afraid of old age and dying. Each person is living a false life where they are acting more like animals rather then humans. Until each person meets Benjamin, they have not lived a full life. Elizabeth Abbott gave up on her dream and made nothing more of herself. During...

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