Does this cyclical notion of history controvert the static nature of natural limits?

  

Learning Goal: I’m working on a english project and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.Your essay (written on one of the topics below) should be doubled spaced, (4 pages) in length and must include a Works Cited page. You are expected to research your topic (you must include at least two critical references) and incorporate citations into your essay in order to support your argument. You are expected to use MLA format and to incorporate your quotes in a fashion that is grammatically congruent.1) Both Thomas King’s “Rendezvous” and H. G. Wells’ “Empire of the Ants” postulate the importance of animals in human society. What do the two texts have in common in terms of their premises?2)- H. G. Wells’ “The Star,” Fritz Leiber’s “A Pail of Air,” and Frank L. Pollack’s “Finis” are all stories which postulate a natural limit on human existence. Wells and Leiber’s prognostications are much more positive, however. Is their positive attitude justified? Without burdening your essay with predictions about near earth objects, discuss the likelihood of the type of scenario and the human reaction that the three writers present.3)- H. G. Wells argues in The Time Machine that in many ways humans are the agents of their own demise. Can Wells’ perspective be supported by some of our other texts, such as Rebecca Hosking’s Farm for the Future, Jeanette Winterson’s The Stone Gods, or Thomas King’s “Rendezvous”, or do those other authors suggest that Wells is mistaken about the root of human caused environmental degradation?4)- Jeanette Winterson’s The Stone Gods makes at least one central argument about humanity’s use of resources. Does she merely preach doom, or does she present realistic alternatives?5)- What is the purpose of repetition in Jeanette Winterson’s The Stone Gods? Why do the characters Spike and Billy Crusoe reoccur across time and space and what is Winterson trying to say about the cyclical nature of time and human endeavour? Does this cyclical notion of history controvert the static nature of natural limits?6)- Why is Easter Island a central feature in Jeanette Winterson’s The Stone Gods? What is the island emblematic of in her argument? You may wish to consult sections of Jared Diamond’s Collapse or Ronald Wright’s A Short History of Progress (beware, however, for these texts do not replace the critical references you require for your paper).7) Both Jeanette Winterson’s The Stone Gods and Paolo Bacigalupi’s “The Gambler” are quite cynical in their presentation of media and its complicity in environmental destruction. Evaluate the arguments they make about the media’s tendency to drive human desire and ignorance in terms of the implications the media has in those texts.8)- All three of the Wells texts we are reading for this course, H. G. Wells’ “Empire of the Ants,” “The Star,” and The Time Machine, posit external forces which operate as limits on humanity’s destructive potential. Is that ultimately a positive interpretation of our future, or is Wells merely citing verifiable realities?9)- What central proposals do most of our texts have in common? Pick at least three texts we have studied in our course and identify their similar arguments. What are these authors saying that is similar and what implications do these statements have if we read their texts as warnings? Beware that this topic is not answered by a list of comparisons; it is meant to be an argument.Requirements: 4 pages   |   .doc file

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