In ancient Greek and Shakespearean tragedies, soothsayers were wise men who foretold the future, but often left somewhat cryptic clues as to what that future would be. Any outsiders, even Athena in disguise, would be considered a threat to their livelihood and would need to either be brought into the fold or eliminated. Even though he promises in this passage that no harm will ever befall Telemachus, neither the reader nor Telemachus believes him or his fellow suitors.
Plot summary[ edit ] An ancient and unseen alien race uses a device with the appearance of a large crystalline monolith to investigate worlds across the galaxy and, if possible, to encourage the development of intelligent life.
The book shows one such monolith appearing in ancient Africa, 3 million years B. The ape-men use their tools to kill animals and eat meat, ending their starvation. They then use the tools to kill a leopard preying on them; the next day, the main ape character, Moon-Watcher, uses a club to kill the leader of a rival tribe.
The book suggests that the monolith was instrumental in awakening intelligence. In ADDr. Excavation has revealed a large black slab, precisely fashioned to a ratio of 1: Visiting TMA-1, Floyd and others arrive just as sunlight falls upon it for the first time since it was uncovered; it emits a piercing radio transmission which the scientists determine is directed at one of the moons of Saturn, Japetus Iapetus.
David Bowman and Dr.
Frank Poole are the only conscious humans aboard; their three colleagues are in suspended animationto be awakened near Saturn. The HALan artificially intelligent computer, addressed as "Hal", maintains the ship.
While Poole is receiving a birthday message from his family on Earth, Hal tells Bowman that the AE communication unit of the ship is going to malfunction.
Poole takes one of the extra-vehicular pods and swaps the AE unit; but when Bowman conducts tests on the removed AE unit, he determines that there was never anything wrong with it. Poole and Bowman become suspicious at Hal's refusal to admit that his diagnosis was mistaken; Hal then claims that the replacement AE unit will fail.
In communicating with Earth, Poole and Bowman are directed to disconnect Hal for analysis. These instructions are interrupted as the signal is broken, and Hal informs them that the AE unit has malfunctioned.
As Poole is removing the unit he is killed when his pod accelerates into him, crushing him.
Bowman, uncertain of Hal's role therein, decides to wake the other three astronauts, and therefore quarrels with Hal, with Hal refusing to obey his orders. Bowman threatens to disconnect him if his orders are not obeyed, and Hal relents. As Bowman begins to awaken his colleagues, he hears Hal open both airlocks into space, releasing the ship's internal atmosphere.
From a sealed emergency shelterBowman gains a spacesuit and re-enters the ship, where he shuts down Hal's consciousness, leaving intact only his autonomic functions, and manually re-establishes contact with Earth.
He then learns that his mission is to explore Iapetus in the hope of contacting the society that buried the monolith on the Moon.Previous post Character Analysis of Shylock in "The Merchant of Venice" by William Shakespeare Next post Poem Analysis of "Pit Pony" by William Greenway. What is the purpose of this page?
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