They Are Made Out of Meat

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They’re Made Out of Meat (analysis) They’re Made Out of Meat is a short story by Terry Bisson. It consists entirely of dialogue between two characters. The beginning of this dialogue seems to be rather strange and incomprehensible; the characters are speaking about meat and it is difficult to understand what this “meat” means in this particular context. But gradually the reader begins to tune in, and soon he finds out that they use the word “meat” to imply human beings. And these two creatures themselves are aliens, sentient beings that are capable of travelling faster than light and their mission is to meet with human beings, to welcome them and to set contacts with them. The fact that they use such words as Orfolei, Weddilei, C…show more content…
Then…to explore the universe, contact other sentients, swap ideas and information. The usual."). Besides people are viewed as inferior creatures ("…but what do you think is on the radio? Meat sounds. You know how when you slap or flap meat it makes a noise? They talk by flapping their meat at each other."; "It seems harsh, but there is a limit. Do we really want to make contact with meat?"). So, taking into accounts all these points, the aliens decide not to fulfill their initial mission. They come to a conclusion that it is better to ignore “meat”, erase all the records and mark this sector unoccupied. The thing is that they are sure that they know a lot about humans, but in fact they do not know anything. They consider themselves to be much more superior, they feel themselves to be the centre of gravity. But actually, they are biased and hostile towards human beings just because humans are different. The whole story rolls around the concept of meat. First of all the repetition of this word sets the rhythm. Besides the meat is personified and it makes the story funny and humorous. (“…thinking meat, conscious meat, loving meat, dreaming meat…”). The fact that these creatures are talking like humans also provides humorous effect. ("Omigod. Singing meat. This is altogether too much!”). At first it may even seem that they are scientists or researchers, who are discussing a recent experiment or
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