A Cage of Butterflies Essay

681 WordsNov 24, 20083 Pages
Science Fiction is a genre that can be difficult to define. Many stories may conform to the idea of ‘what if’. As a functional genre it presents the reader with alternative possibilities using current issues in society. A Cage of Butterflies by Brian Caswell is about a group of highly intelligent children known as the ‘Think Tank’, who are put into an institute (the farm), because of their physical deformities. They encounter the presence of a group of young paranormal children (the babies) with whom they can communicate with telepathically. The Think Tank strives to rescue the Babies and encounter many hidden secrets within the farm and the evil plans of Larsen (head scientist) for fame and fortune. Caswell explores the ides of human…show more content…
A Cage of Butterflies allows the reader to contemplate the ‘what if’ theory based on the advancement of technology and how far certain individuals are willing to proceed to alter humanity. “A cat-scan computer generated x-ray pictures of the human brain, exposing the secrets that lay hidden within the skull.” (Ch8, pg38) A concern towards the author involves the invasion of privacy through the use of advanced technology. He demonstrates his attentiveness on this issue, as the scientists use means of technology to manifest a person’s confidentiality. “This guy wants to dissect you. To pull you apart and see what makes you tick.” (Ch27, pg 134) We as humanity are taking it beyond our moral limits in order to advance that of science and technology. Some are capable of pushing certain boundaries to better humanity and as a consequence we are unable to find all intellect of human worth. Corruption and fame has been a matter of much consideration in the public eye for many years now. Caswell implies to the reader what kind of world it would be when humanity allows itself to become obsessed with fame even to the point where corruption overrides human values. “Money talks, or hadn’t you heard?” (Ch26, pg130) Brady’s aspiration for money is so great that he overrules that of human values for personal gain. This reveals to the reader how Caswell saw society; unaware of the lengths some would go to for fame. “With the sort of
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