Foreshadowing Evil to Win

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Foreshadowing Evil to Win In core, the definition of a utopia is extremely subjective. What would seem like a utopia to one may seem completely ambiguous to someone from a different (or even the same) culture. In consequence even though a utopia and dystopia are polar opposites by definition; the fine line that divides the two truly deserves its title. In Childhood’s End, Clarke explores the nature of the fine line by instigating the arrival of the superfluous Overlords, an advanced impeccable alien race who cleanses the world of inequality and creates a utopia of peace and stability which is evidently shown throughout the novel that they will be vanished. In the wake of reconstruction, Earth “by the standards of all earlier ages, it was Utopia. Ignorance, disease, poverty, and fear had virtually ceased to exist” (Clarke 64). Inequality is the greatest source of unrest and is the cause for all the aforementioned maladies of society. The suppression of inequality naturally brings content and harmony to society and its denizens and as a result “crime had practically vanished. It had become both unnecessary and impossible. When no one lacks anything, there is no point in stealing” (Clarke 65). With no fear to life or property, mankind thrives in a world of security and trust, defined only by the relative term “utopia.”
Every action has an opposite, but equal, reaction. The consequence to ensured stability and equivalence is suppressed creativity and expression of spirit. Jan has successfully stowed away aboard an overlord supply ship and is on his way back to the Overlord’s home world. When he returns he will most likely lead humanity to overthrowing their rulers. If all of the humans unite against their rulers and fight them, or just refuse to recognize them, the overlords will be forced to take some kind of physical action. They have yet to do this, which…...

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