Inferno: A Bleak Depiction Of The Future

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Inferno, a chillingly grim picture of a potential future, is a wonderful piece of satire. The novel depicts a bleak world in the very near future of a human race on the brink of extinction. Through most of the novel, writer Dan Brown methodically tricks readers into believing the wrong things until the tense climax and the sudden realization of wrong hypotheses. Furthermore, the dismal predictions he projects of our fragile world seem hell-bent on becoming true. With scintillating wit, he takes on the persona of his characters in intermittent battles between each other full of lies and distrust and takes on the main theme of overpopulation.
Many people do not think overpopulation is much of an issue; instead, they care more about things like global warming and poverty. These are, however, in the words of main villain and finally hero Bertrand Zobrist, basically “...These are merely symptoms of the real problem—overpopulation.” In the book, Brown recognized the effect of the Catholic Church’s views on contraception towards those who are poor. Admittedly, the Catholic Church has many followers amongst the rich, educated, and intelligent, but they still do some things wrong. Their inflexibility towards contraception is portrayed by Brown when he creates the scene where Dr. Sinskey, figurehead of the CDC is communicating with Zobrist: “Recently we spent millions of dollars sending doctors into Africa to deliver free condoms and educate people about birth control”, fumes Sinskey. Zobrist, on the other hand, shoots back the fact that the Catholic Church had sent an even larger army of missionaries to tell the uneducated and impoverished Africans that they would go to hell if they decided to use the condoms. This creates a new problem, namely landfills filling up with said unused contraceptive devices (McDonagh, 24-25). This can be connected to the issue of overpopulation easily: those who do not prevent the birth of babies will create them, and those babies will make the same poor choices as their uneducated parents, leading to a chain reaction of overpopulation.
Furthermore, Sierra Club board member Ben Zuckerman believes this is true not only for second- or third-world countries. His article tells of his homeland, California, one of the world’s top 25 biodiversity hotspots, being “relentlessly paved over -- wild lands, farmlands, wetlands, you name it.” He believes that over-immigration from other countries is also destroying our planet. The countries breeding like rabbits, unwittingly and innocently creating our doom, are trying to immigrate to our “technologically advanced” countries. Why, people may ask, is this bad? This is because in their original countries, as bad as it seems, they did not have the same healthcare, infrastructure, robotically operated factories, and most of all gas-guzzling, carbon-dioxide-producing transportation vehicles which lead to global warming, leading to less of a global impact. In the modernized countries of North...

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