The Fun They Had

The Fun They Had

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  • It's an old book!
  • The Fun They Had  By Isaac Asimov
  •     This story takes place in Margie’s house on May 17, 2155. Margie and Tommy, the two main characters, live in a time where all books are replaced by “telebooks”. The story starts with Tommy finding an actual book.                
  • Technology vs. Society
  •     Margie is an eleven-year-old girl who is curious about the past and how schools used to be.She hates school, and especially hates her mechanical teacher.
  •     Tommy is Margie’solder brother. He is thirteen years old and is very intelligent. He is a bookworm, and has a collection of books in his device called “tele books.”
  • The conflict is the gap between the technological world in the future, and the social world we live in now. In Margie’s world, technology completely took over the society. Margie explains that human teachers are replaced by mechanical teachers, and environments such as schools do not exist. Instead, the classroom takes place in their house, where all the lessons are taught on a big computer screen.
  • The rising action is when Margie explains how she is doing worse and worse in school, after taking tests her mechanical teacher shows on its screen. She describes how this computer/Teacher keeps breaking down, and how she wishes for her parents to take it away forever. This is when Margie’s curiousness about the schools in the past start to grow.
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