Story Analysis: An Alien's Cruelty
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Evidence 1: “The alien’s cruelty is refined, yet irrational. If it intended all along to starve me, why not simply withhold food? But instead of that it gave me plenty of food, all the green buds I could possibly want, Only they were not fresh.They had been picked; they were dead; the elements that makes them digestible to us was gone and one might as eat gravel” (pg 144).
Issue 1:There is the notion of cruelty that is suspected that aliens would inflict on humans. Through understanding of the story and that the “alien” is a human the story hints at the fact humans are cruel to animals. Through the quote below it is implying that the “alien” gave them food they couldn’t eat causing the prisoner to become very ill.
Evidence 2: “ It was