Wednesday, September 22, 2010
For my paper, I would like to focus on the interactions between aliens and humans in three of our short stories: "The Island," "Spar," and "Utriusque Cosmi." Specifically, I want to focus on the problems with interaction between the species. In all three cases, there seem to be gross levels of misunderstanding or confusion on the part of the human characters who try to apply human thoughts, feelings, and ideas to non-human life. I want to explore this human egocentrism both as a plot device and a flaw in humanity's collective thinking. I know this topic may be a bit broad, but I am going to stay focused on how it applies to these three stories. I will also be able to narrow my focus as my reading/writing/research continues if I need to. Any ideas are welcome!