People have always wanted to fly and see the world from above. The aviation was always an important and interesting topic in the society. The first invention for flying were the kites. Around 200 BC is the earliest known record of kite flying. A general from China flew with his kite over enemy territory. After kites the people discovered the balloons in the 17th and 18th century. Since 1903 plains with motor exist. But what happened to all the inventors or were they even the first inventors? These are the exciting questions that many readers asked themselves after reading the short story “The Flying Machine” by Ray Bradbury from the year 1953. In the story we are confronted with a responsible emperor on the one hand and an inventor on the other hand, who invents an invention with cons and pros. The emperor has to make decisions for his empire and the inventor has to live with the consequences. What is the emperor's attitude towards science in general and what is his attitude towards the inventor and his invention in the story?
The story by Ray Bradbury takes place in China near the Great Wall of China in the year 400 AD. The main character in “The Flying Machine” is the emperor Yuan. The emperor is an old man, who likes to drink tea and enjoy the weather (cf. ll. 5-6). He is a thoughtful man and he reflects carefully before he makes decisions. Yuan is a responsible man, because he respects his people. He wants to protect them from “an evil face and an evil heart”(l. 118) He is afraid that someday an enemy could come and try to attack his empire and the Great Wall of China, because he thinks that someone could destroy the wall with for example the flying dragon (ll 121-122). That is the point, why he is a bit afraid of the new invention. His will is to defend his empire and the people who live in it. The inventor could invent more machines and so the enemies could be inspired, if they see a flying machine and they could misuse