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They're Made Out of Meat

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Transcript of They're Made Out of Meat

by Terry Bisson
Character 1: First alien, antagonist.
Character 2: Second alien, antagonist.
-The setting is somewhere in this universe presumably in space on a ship.

-The Aliens are debating about a sentient life form (MEAT) on a strange (to them) planet.
-The story is made up entirely of dialogue between two "aliens" who are discussing the life form they are "studying."
The aliens do not believe that the "meat" is intelligent simply because of the way they look.
-In the end, the aliens decide to ignore the "meat" species and move on to another life form because it would be sad to be "all alone in the universe." .
-The point of view is subjective.
Third Person
Limited (Subjective)
(Think Fly on the Wall)
Author Background
Put simply, Don't be afraid of what you don't understand. Don't judge others.
Author Terry Bisson

Born 1942
Went to Grinnell college and Louisville U
Worked as mechanic and editor
Wrote many books, won awards
Now living in Oakland with 3rd wife
Point of view
- Human vs. Alien

All Dialogue. This is not a traditional narrative.

In the end, this is a non-traditional narrative, and by that I mean that it is not your usual story because it does not have a recognizable protagonist nor does it have an easily identifiable antagonist and the story is about a concept rather than a series of actions. The human concept is being challenge by an alien concept and those are are our oppositional forces.
In the end, the story points to the hypocritical nature of the aliens and highlights the tendency of humans to judge others. When we judge others based on superficial differences we overlook the similarities. So, although these aliens may not be recognizable to us, they sound like us.
Literary Devices:
Alliteration - "

The most obvious literary device is dialogue.
- A human or humanized being performing an action or act or who acts and influences the events. Every character has at least one character trait, (jealousy, pride, envy, anger, revenge, etc) that movtivates them to move the plot forward.

Characterization - in literature refers the step-by-step process wherein an author introduces and then describes a character. The character can be described directly by the author or indirectly through the actions, thoughts, and speech of the character.
The theme of any literary work is the base that acts as a foundation for the entire literary piece. The theme links all aspects of the literary work with one another and is basically the main subject. The theme can be an enduring pattern or motif throughout the literary work, occurring in a complex, long winding manner or it can be short and succinct and provide a certain insight into the story.
Example: The main theme in the play Romeo and Juliet was love with smaller themes of sacrifice, tragedy, struggle, hardship, devotion and so on.
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