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"The Machine Stops" By E.M. Forster: Comment On The Differences Between Vashti And Kuno In Their Attitudes Of Life Inside The Machine

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"The Machine Stops" is set in the far future, when mankind has come to depend on a worldwide Machine for food and housing, communications and medical care. In return, humanity has abandoned the earth's surface for a life of isolation and immobility. Each person occupies a subterranean hexagonal cell where all bodily needs are met and where faith in the Machine is the chief spiritual prop. People rarely leave their rooms or meet face-to-face; instead they interact through a global web that is part of the Machine. Each cell contains a glowing blue "optic plate" and telephone apparatus, which carry image and sound among individuals and groups.The machine stops is short story about how the earth's atmosphere was contaminated so much that humans had to survive in a machine which was made beneath the earth's crust. Over time the machine starts to control the humans, yet throughout the story most of the humans do not perceive this and they believe the machine does what is best for them. The story is based around two characters that have completely diverse attitudes towards the machine; these characters are called Vashti and Kuno. Vashti is just like everyone else in the machine; eats, sleeps bathes and lectures all from one room. Slowly throughout the story she starts worshipping the machine secretly, whenever Kuno says something bad about the machine Vashti always calls it blasphemy, blasphemy is when someone disrespects god or something sacred. Kuno on the other hand is unique, he stands out of the crowd and unlike the people in the machine he doesn't have any confidence in the machine. He is a very determined individual, throughout the story he reminds his mother that "man made the machine" he tries to tell her that the machine is going to stop, however she dismisses him every time and her faith in the machine remains unyieldingWe are first introduced to Vashti, she is described as a "swaddled lump of a women, five feet high, with a face white as a fungus", this is a very strong and disturbing representation of a women, it tells us that this women doesn't move much and due to this inactiveness she has just become a bulge of flesh. While listening to music she's interrupted by her son Kuno, however all through their conversation Vashti seems to be irritated and in a urgency to do something more significant, "Be quick, Kuno", and"Kuno how slow are you". On the other hand as the reader we know she doesn't have anything that is tremendously vital to do, other than attend a lecture which she has almost certainly heard numerous times previously. This shows she doesn't really have strong feelings for her son Kuno, however Kuno loves his mother and he knows she doesn't really care for him due to the effect the machine has on her.For the first time in the story we see the feelings of both characters towards the machine."I want to see you not through the machine. I want to speak to you not through the wearisome machine." As you can clearly see these are Kuno's...

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