Text Analysis of
THE FUN THEY HAD
by Isaac Asimov Student: Ceban Mihai EN31
Science is a cemetery of dead ideas
Miguel de Unamuno
The story that I want to present and to comment on is entitled “The Fun They Had” by Isaac Asimov. He was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. Asimov was one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90 000 letters and postcards. Asimov’s most famous work is the “Foundation series”. He also wrote mysteries and fantasy, as well as much non-fiction. One of the most common ...view middle of the document...
The book describes the school from centuries earlier, where there was a real man as a teacher and a special building. Margie is very curious but her mother calls her because it is time of school. The school for Tom and Margie is at home.”
We see that the author’s primary purpose is to entertain the reader, because at that period it was a challenge to the whole world to write such things. Even in our days it is difficult to imagine such a teacher, a mechanical one, although it can be. The way the author opens his narration, the first sentence says nothing about the genre of the work. It seems that the story is written long time ago, when diaries were used. But things are going unexpectedly into another channel. In this way the author notes that all events of the story take place in the future. So the main theme can be seen from the beginning. For example the theme of: technology, love for school, future children and school, etc. thus to set an example of future technologies and their damage to human being, the themes of the future life and technologies of teaching run through the story always being up to the mark. Moreover, these themes are in contradictory with the central idea, that “machine can’t replace human being and give that love and tenderness to kids”. These questions brings us to the idea of utopism with a kind of rhetoric question: “How Tommy with Margie could read the book so easily, that was written many centuries ago?” May be it is an action that unmasks the real aptitudes of the future children. Speaking about Tom and Margie, Asimov exposes double-nature of the future kids. In one hand future-pupil hate school as Margie does and in another hand some of these children will grow up and influence the technology in a better way like Tommy, who thought that TV screens were better.
In this way I want to stress the point that however people are, they want to know and to learn things about their past, things that are strange for them. From this point of view the author selects the first main character Margie. She is directly characterized as 11 years old, she hates school, has problem with learning geography. After all, the author tries to produce an impression to the reader choosing such a young girl, a very sentimental one, for such a difficult problem that is presented in this story. In this atmosphere appears and Tommy: a young, 13 years old boy, who find this “real book”. Tommy is a young gentleman, he is very well informed about technology and he thinks he is an adult already. He can be described as a real teenager because he has his own opinion toward books, Tommy knows more than Margie. Between them there is a low external conflict that is settled up by the third person, Margie’s Mom. From the words “My mom…” we can denote that her mother is a businesswoman, she is well taught and her family is well-to-do. This makes us think that Margie lives only with her mother, that’s why she is presented like a mawkish person. At the end...