Comparing and Contrasting 2001: a Space Odyssey and “the Sentinel”

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Comparing and Contrasting 2001: A Space Odyssey and “The Sentinel”
Tracy Goldman
HUMN425: Science Fiction
Georgia State University Comparing and Contrasting 2001: A Space Odyssey and “The Sentinel”
2001: A Space Odyssey is a film based on Arthur Clarke's short story, "The Sentinel." The purpose of this paper is to explain the similarities and differences between “The Sentinel” and 2001: A Space Odyssey. There are many similarities and differences between “The Sentinel” and 2001: A Space Odyssey. The obvious similarity is the crystal pyramid in the story and the monolith in the film. According to Dictionary.com a sentinel is described as a) a person or thing that watches or stands as if watching and, b) a character used to indicate
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The narrator in "The Sentinel” identified earth as "our cradle," saying that they (creators of the crystal pyramid) wished to help our infant civilization. Whereas in 2001, the consistency of the food served in space is much like that of an infant’s considering they have to eat by sipping from a straw. The lack of gravity in space makes it that humankind has to learn how to walk again as a baby that is now beginning to toddle. This demonstrates humankind is evolving from infancy on Earth into toddlers of Space. This leads me to an important similarity found in the story as well as in the film and that is humankinds dependency on technology. “The Sentinel” depicts the narrators and his crews’ strenuous use and need of technology while on the Moon in variously. Caterpillar pressurized tractors are need to travel on the moon. On page 748, the narrators says “Inside our suits it was comfortably cool, for the refrigeration units were fighting the fierce sun and carrying away the body heat of our exertions”. This shows that without the suits and technology, mankind would not stand a chance on the Moon or in space for that matter. This can be seen in 2001 when the apes discover that the bones from the pigs can be used as a tool to crush the other bones which leads to the use of the bone as a weapon to kill the pigs. This shows the nature of technology or tools in this matter can lead to humans to succeed when faced with dire circumstances,