The Last Question Isaac Asimov Analysis

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“Not forever… It will all stop someday, but not for billions of years. Many billions. Even the stars run down, you know. Entropy must increase.” “The Last Question,” a short story written by Isaac Asimov, is comprised of a series of small “chapters” which chronologically catalog the gradual collapse of the human race over several trillion years. Each of these “chapters” has a similar feel to them; each is written in a very succinct manner. In his short story, Isaac Asimov divides his composition into small “chapters” and uses succinct grammatical structure as well as character dialogue to represent the incredibly simple and finite thing that is human life. In most modern literature, plot is divided in someway between beginning, middle,…show more content…
This technique may also be representative of the simplicity of human life, “Man, mentally, was one… Man said, ‘The Universe is dying’”. The sentence clauses here referenced, are like many found throughout the story. The succinctness of them are relative to human life, and while this comparison is very literal in this example, many more are less so, “Matter and energy had ended and with it space and time”, the comparison can still be understood, but is less apparent. In this sentence of only a few words, humanity and the rest of the world has disappeared. The story begins with two men having a chat over a few drinks, “Just give us a trillion years and everything will be dark. Entropy has to increase to maximum, that’s all.” The interactions between characters are used to show a much deeper concept than it might appear given their mundanity. This concept is another theme of “The Last Question”, that humans will continue to ask the same questions, and do the same actions, even as things change and time passes. This just adds on to the overall idea of the simplicity of human life, because in its entirety it consists mainly of patterns. Another example of Asimov using character dialogue to convey this theme can be found in the third chapter, “Once this Galaxy is filled, we’ll have filled another in ten years. Another
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