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From: Alex David Groce <Alex_Groce@gs246.sp.cs.cmu.edu>
Subject: (urth) 5HC
Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2000 02:44:45 

One thing that has always struck me about 5HC is this: I think one of
Wolfe's central ideas in the work is that a man is more than the sum
of his genes and his environment, more than merely nurture or nature.
Most writers, I think, would make this point by showing a clone raised
like the others before him and breaking free of the strangling
pattern, finding a way to set the ship in motion again.  Wolfe,
somehow, I think, manages to do it in an utterly bleak way--Number
Five is no automaton, and his inheritance is not impossible to reject.
This seems to me to be a great example of how _perilous_ the gift of
choice is in Wolfe's work.  It is infinitely desirable, and those
things that lack it clamor for it and demand it, but it's misuse is

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32
Alex David Groce (agroce+@cs.cmu.edu)
Ph.D. Student, Carnegie Mellon University - Computer Science Department
8112 Wean Hall (412)-268-3066

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