Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy Essay

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Looking Backward

     The book Looking Backward was written by Edward Bellamy and published in the year 1888. Bellamy started off his career as a journalist but then married and decided to devote his efforts to writing fiction novels. Looking Backward was published and Bellamy was famous. The book stirred around the country and had people imagining a world like the one Bellamy created in his book. The idea of a utopia as the one he describes is unbelievable. His book is what people, of even now in the twenty first century, wish the world could possible be like. However, Bellamy’s world of reasoning and judging of people based on the inner beliefs was not what people of then or now do. Bellamy’s book showed a
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The people within Bellamy’s utopia could not believe or understand the conditions of how society was run back than. There were four classes: Rich, Poor, Educated, and Ignorant. In the 1800’s, Julian tells the readers that this was the only way that people knew how to run a society. The next few chapters begin to tell the story of how Julian West ended up in the twentieth century. The story describes how Julian falls asleep for a hundred and thirteen years. When Mr. West awakens to a doctor who recovered his body and planned on waiting as long as it took until he awoke. Mr. West is surprised by how the society has turned out and the kindness he received from a complete stranger. This stranger and doctor is the other main character Dr. Leete. Julian begins to discuss the vast improvements among the half a century he has been asleep. Here Bellamy begins to describe the utopia world that he has created. Julian is amazed to hear how the society is equally prosperous and is worried and the society values common good among the society than who has the most power.
     Within the next few chapters Dr. Leete and Julian stay up to talk and answer questions that he may have. In these chapters Bellamy is using a comparison of the Julian’s old world to the utopia that he has just entered and what Bellamy is creating as reader’s continue with the story. Bellamy continues to explain further details of this utopia. For one

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