The Fan They Had.

Topics: School, Teacher, Reading Pages: 2 (695 words) Published: February 5, 2013
Analysis of the extract from “The fun they had”
The story under the title "The Fun They Had" was written by a highly prolific American writer, one of the three grand masters of science fiction - Isaac Asimov. The key in this text is lyrical. The theme is probably "the influence of technology on the process of teaching." In this story the author uses colloquial speech and jargonized words, such as “gee, I guess, I betcha“ here, to show us that these children are rather ordinary, and looks similar as the children of our age. The events of the story take place in future in 2157 year. The story starts with two children, Margie and Tommy by name, finding a “real” book. It seems very unusual for them to have such book because they have only screen books. The children read about a type of a school which people had centuries ago where only men were teachers. They have never thought that a simple man could teach. Though then they understand it to be better and much cheerful to study in old types of schools where all children sit together and do the same tasks. But it is high time for the children to study and Margie goes to a classroom where a machine teacher is waiting for her. The story ends with Margie adding the fractions and thinking about “those funny schools”. The main characters of the story are eleven years old Margie and Tommy, who is thirteen years old. The author doesn’t describe them directly, but it doesn’t do us any hard to understand what kind of people they are. Isaac Asimov shows us the character’s personalities through the actions, dialogues and thoughts. I see Tommy as a very serious boy who is fond of reading. In my view point Tommy is a curious boy because he has managed to find a very old book in the attic. He behaves with his young sister little bit arrogantly. He considers him to be much cleverer and know more than she does. That is why he laughs at her wrong suggestions. As for Margie, I sympathize with her. She seems to be a clever girl no...
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