The Machine Stops (E.M Forster, 1909)


This is set in the future. It is a very descriptive story about people living in a machine under the earth in a very highly technological manner. The earth above is poisoned and humans have been banned by ‘the machine’ to go above ground.

This story revolves around a mother (Vashanti) and her son (Kuno) who live in the northern and southern hemispheres. Kuno wants his mother to travel in the airship to him so he can discuss how he will be killed by ‘the machine’ because he travelled to the earths surface without permission. She travels to him and her journey is described. She warns her son not to go against ‘the machine’. He on the other hand, is disillusioned by ‘the machine.’ She travels back home where ‘the machine’ has started to self destruct killing those who live within it.

We had to do a character development. I chose Kuno. I did wonder why after I got started as there was not much description about him. I read the story a few times trying to pinpoint details about how he would look but even then this was quite a difficult task especially as I don’t have the best drawing skills and imagination.


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