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Is there a central theme in I, Robot?

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 ...
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Why do Ayn Rand's novels present specific, real things in a context designed to make them appear frivolous or ridiculous?

WRT the "grapefruit incident", Cuffy Meigs ordered the Comet taken off the schedule for two days in order to have it pick up some grapefruit: "And he's cancelled a coal train in order ...
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Is there a central theme in I, Robot?

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 ...
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How do Hamlet's thoughts and doubts about the afterlife affect him?

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. ...
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Is there a central theme in I, Robot?

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 ...
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Theme of William Wordsworth's poem "We Are Seven"?

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 ...
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Macbeth is a play about power, what quote demonstrates this?

Macbeth is not primarily about power; if the play has one overarching theme, it would be the reversal of natural order, which begins in the human realm (the murders perpetrated by Macbeth, especially ...
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Examining the parallels between R.K. Narayan's "Selvi" and "The Guide" - Why was it done? What did it achieve?

"Selvi" (1982) is generally accepted to be a fictional retelling of the marriage of M S Subbulakshmi and her husband T Sadasivan. The control Mohan has over every aspect of Selvi's ...
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What is the first work of literature to reference existentialism?

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 ...
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Which element of an amputated virgin breast healing a snakebite is a "Celtic theme"?

The footnote in the citation goes to the sub-heading Breton within the entry for Ballads and Narrative Songs in Celtic Culture: A Historical Encyclopedia, ed. John T. Koch (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, ...
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