Dan Brown's Inferno: A Bleak Depiction of the Future

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Dan Brown’s Inferno, a chillingly grim picture of a potential future, is a wonderful piece of satire. His views on overpopulation take a surgically-precise stand on what statistics predict to be true. In fact, his novel has no thematic connection to Dante’s classic work of the same name; although allusion is made to it, the real topic is overpopulation. The novel depicts a bleak world in the very near future of a human race on the brink of extinction. Furthermore, the dismal predictions he projects of our fragile world seem hell-bent on becoming true. With scintillating wit, he takes on the persona of his characters in intermittent battles between each other full of lies and distrust. He provides startling arguments as Zobrist when…show more content…
In the modernized countries of North America, on the other hand, their carbon footprints would rise sky-high to the same as we use, their life-spans would increase considerably, and they would no longer have to do as much work to support their families. If thought about carefully, one thing may derive to another. After thinking about it, this may seem horrible. The ethical ramifications of this are enormous. It makes us seem conceited, lazy, and opposed to our own established values of helping other people. It also makes us seem selfish; for example “How come we can have and do these things, but those poor unprivileged people begging for a penny, who we think below us, cannot?” People may call those like Zuckerman racist for these reasons, but he argues against it. He rightly claims that it is no longer the fault of the high fertility of American women alone: it is also caused by the massive over-immigration ravaging our planet. This does not justify it, but offers some form of explanation for his other statements. Even worse, according to U.N statistics, the next forty years will not only witness the immense growth curve displayed in Inferno, it will also watch the world’s population growth come from more people over the age of 60 so much that more than half of the population growth will be derived from those said people. Only 6% of people conventionally believed to be “at their

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