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The stories of I, Robot - and Asimov's robot stories in general - tend to circle around two central themes: Humanity's control and understanding of the technology it has created. Non-human life, and the capacity of life which simulates humanity to feel and be human. These two themes are in tension with each other, which is part of what makes them such a ...


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Norse myth associates the east with evil... From the Voluspa, 1999 Larrington translation: From the east falls, from poison valleys a river of knives and swords, Cutting it is called (stanza 36) In the east sat an old woman in Iron-wood and nurtured there offspring of Fenrir; a certain one of them in monstrous form will be the snatcher of the moon (...


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Hamlet wants revenge for his father's murder. If he kills Claudius at the moment he's praying, Hamlet thinks, Claudius's soul will be pure and he'll be forgiven, and can therefore get into Heaven. King Hamlet died without a final confession/absolution/sacrament etc. and so his soul is wandering in Limbo. (I think that's the correct theological interpretation,...


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The stories in 'I, Robot' all put Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics to the test, trying to find a flaw that undermines the laws. The Three Laws are first mentioned in 'Runaround'. they are: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such ...


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this poem depicts the innocent nature of a child who just does not want to understand that her siblings have passed away of natural causes and continuously reiterating her determined claim that they are still seven children. That's a nice description of how the speaker (not Wordsworth) perceives the child. Like the speaker, you describe her response as ...


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The title Gift of the Magi, is a biblical allusion from Matthew 2:1 reading: “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem” (KJV). The Greek word for ‘wise men’ is Μάγοι (magoi) (plural form of μάγος (magos)) meaning a Magian, i.e. Oriental scientist; by implication, a ...


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According to the Metzler Lexikon literartischer Symbole ("Metzler Lexicon of Literary Symbols"), edited by Günter Butzer and Joachim Jacob (Stuttgart: J. B. Metzler, 2012), the east has been a symbol for three things: salvation, barbarism and the uncivilised, threat. Three real-world phenomena contributed to these meanings: the association of the east ...


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I would say that it is very hard to nail down the precise first work or thinker to reference Existentialist ideas. The Encyclopedia Britannica makes references to 16th and 17th century thinkers including Pascal and De Montaigne as precursors to Existentialism, making references to their application of the Socratic method. The problem of what humans are in ...


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In Ancient Greece the East (Anatolia, the "Orient") was stereotyped as a place of richness, wealth, immorality, power, luxury - the opposite of a more austere and humble life, but more virtuous, that the non-Anatolian (western) Greeks would live. Anatolia had rich states (Lydia) and its wealth came also to the Greek cities nearby. The oldest reference I know ...


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I think the theme of I, Robot is that robots are more than simple monsters that will eventually destroy humanity, but can be sophisticated creatures even if their behaviour is governed by very simple rules: the Three Laws of Robotics. According to Wikipedia, Asimov found previous depictions of robots to be very one-dimensional: In The Rest of the Robots, ...


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