Analytical Essay: The Last Question
Since the influence of Christianity there have been writings based around the religion. Recently, the rise of modern technology has opened the door to more themes and possibilities in literature. The coming of the new era gave inspiration to many writers such as Isaac Aasimov to intertextualise between religion and technology. The short story ‘The Last Question’ is a clear example of this, as it contains and combines the two themes. This is evident due to the futuristic setting and Biblical references throughout. The fall of humanity, in the story, ultimately caused by entropy, is somewhat similar to the Apocalypse in the Bible. Another major point, much like in the Christian faith is that humans are the centre of the universe. Finally the most prominent comparison in the story is the God-like figure known as the AC, whereby the entity adopts the role of God in its technological form. Entropy entails the life span of energy. ‘In simple terms entropy is when energy slowly dies out. The end-times, also known as the ‘Apocalypse,’ is an event where God and his angels battle against Satan and his devils. Eventually the universe collapses and all of humanity dies. In ‘The Last Question’ the end of humanity was caused by entropy, not by God. This due to humanity relying on the star’s energy, so as it died out so did the humans. In the short story humans were the centre of the universe. This is because the only thing Aasimov refers to besides humans is the AC. This is also very similar to the Bible since the only known beings ever mentioned was humanity. The main difference however, is that the Bibles talks about all the creatures and life of Earth whereas ‘The Last Question’ only speaks of humans and technology. Furthermore the Bible’s main focus is on Earth whereas Aasimov focuses not just on the Earth, but on the entire universe. The Ac is portrayed as a powerful and all-knowing entity. Unlike God, the AC is not able to perform...
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