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"Canticle For Leibowitz" By Arthur M. Miller Jr

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Walter Miller, in the novel A Canticle For Leibowitz, mocks the way we are as humans, particularly in those ways that lead to regressive thinking. The novel pokes fun at the attention to impractical details, such as to the spent copying the Leibowitz blueprints. Miller also mocks humans by describing the inordinate amount of attention and energy given to a spiritual being such as Leibowitz, as today's society worships God. Finally, the most absurd way Miller mocks today's society occurs when he describes how they do not give something very important the considered attention that it deserves. These are three examples how Walter Miller mocks and shows today's society their faults.Miller mocks ...view middle of the document...

It is the same in today's society with the belief of God. No proof that God physically exists is evident today. Most people still believe in God spiritually on the other hand. In comparison to the book's society, Leibowitz is their God. When Brother Francis accidently stumbles upon possible genuine evidence of the existence of Leibowitz, they ignore it. The Monks concentrate on the most illogical things. The only thing that they believe is important is a mysterious pilgrim spotted in the desert. The Monks believe that the pilgrim is Leibowitz himself. The Monks are looking past concrete evidence wondering if it is Leibowitz who is seen desert. It seems that the monks do not concentrate on what is really important. They concentrate on the most absurd things. If we discover a fallout shelter in the desert that housed Jesus, we would not brush it off like the monks did. We would protect, and display it in a museum for years to come. The monks did not protect these documents when they sent Brother Francis to New Rome with sacred documents. The Monks, and sadly, Brother Francis has to suffer to this misfortune.Finally Miller mocks the monks regressive way of thinking when they send Brother Francis to New Rome with the Leibowitz designs. The monks did not think ahead in sending Francis to New Rome without protection. The fact that they failed to provide protection for Brother Francis is absurd. Francis is transporting the most important documents ever found half way across...

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