Inferno: A Bleak Depiction of the Future

591 WordsJan 26, 20182 Pages
Inferno, a chillingly grim picture of a potential future, is a wonderful piece of satire. The novel depicts a bleak world in the very near future of a human race on the brink of extinction. Through most of the novel, writer Dan Brown methodically tricks readers into believing the wrong things until the tense climax and the sudden realization of wrong hypotheses. 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 and takes on the main theme of overpopulation. Many people do not think overpopulation is much of an issue; instead, they care more about things like global warming and poverty. These are, however, in the words of main villain and finally hero Bertrand Zobrist, basically “...These are merely symptoms of the real problem—overpopulation.” In the book, Brown recognized the effect of the Catholic Church’s views on contraception towards those who are poor. Admittedly, the Catholic Church has many followers amongst the rich, educated, and intelligent, but they still do some things wrong. Their inflexibility towards contraception is portrayed by Brown when he creates the scene where Dr. Sinskey, figurehead of the CDC is communicating with Zobrist: “Recently we spent millions of dollars sending doctors into Africa to deliver free condoms and educate people about birth control”, fumes

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