Today we talked about allegory. Allegory is a story that uses symbols to create a story with a political or social moral. In cases like the book Animal Farm, allegory allows an author to bring up a complicated idea in an easily digestible (or even hidden) manner.
We watched two film clips that illustrated how the animosity between humans and mutants in X-Men can be allegorical to racism/segregation and gay rights:
Finally, for homework read the article on Post-Humanism. (I don’t have a copy for online right now.) Stop at the “Maximum Headroom” subhead. In the comments below explain:
- Is this a fair allegorical comparison? Do post-humans suffer the same kind of alienation that mutants (or even African Americans, gays, immigrants or any other minority group of people) do?
- What is your stance on this real life “homo superior”? Do you think humans should look to post-humanism as the future of our species? Or is post-humanism something to be wary of?