Compare And Contrast Unwind And The Island
Compare and Contrast “Unwind” and “the Island”
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Unwind and The Island
Unwind is a book written by Neal Schusterman, and The Island is a film produced and directed by Michael Bay.
Both the book and the film possess a dystopian theme. Dystopia is conceived to be an unfavorable place for living, imaginary and usually associated with the future1. Unwind is set in a period that follows the Heartland War. A Bill of life has been passed that bans abortion by substituting it with ‘unwinding’, a procedure of taking all organs of a person and stitching on to other persons’ bodies, depending on the hosts’needs. Unwinding is done to the unwanted children, kept intact to avoid abortion, usually during their teenage, and with the consent of their parents who finally come to decide that they do not need them2. Children continue to live in parts on their hosts’ bodies. The Island is about replacing human organs with those of the clones developed for this purpose only. These clones are used for meeting the botched wants of the wealthy people. The film depicts the struggle of a person to understand, adjust within, and finally escape from his surroundings because he cannot find anything that sounds reasonable to him. Both the book and the film reflect the dark sides of human life. These pieces of art provoke the audience to think of the manipulation of human rights, and maltreatment carried out against the weak and the poor. Both depict efforts of the protagonists involved to search for a new safe place.
Unwind is a piece of literary work, and the Island is a mainstream film produced using the best possible technologies. Unwind exhibits characters that are forcefully subjected to “unwinding”, whereas The Island displays characters, the clones, who seem to donate their body parts with complete willingness. Unwind provides an alternative to abortion by enabling the confused parents to decide during long periods of their children’s upbringing whether they want to keep them or dispose of them3. The Island displays a cruel society where certain inhabitants are allowed to grow up for the sake of other people who are rich and selfish.
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