2 B R O 2 B
2 B R 0 2 B is a satiric short story that imagines life (and death) in a future world where aging has been “cured” and population control is mandated and administered by the government. (From feedbooks.com)
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2 B R O 2 B
The title of this story is pronounced "2 B R naught 2 B," it references the famous phrase "to be, or not to be" from William Shakespeare's play, Hamlet.
Please read Hamlet's soliloquy on suicide before you continue reading this text. You will find it linked below. (This annotation contains a link)
In the highlighted sentence, the phrase "barring accidents" means
In 2013, the population of the United States was around 315 million people.
Please pause for a moment and list at least THREE remarkable differences between the world Vonnegut has created in this text and reality.
As you read, you will find out why this is an important detail in the story.
What do you find out about the girl in purple from this song?
It is clear this painting is a metaphor for life. Within this metaphor, pulling weeds is akin to
Why is the phone number people call when they don't want to live anymore is "to be or not to be"? Explain your answer.
List THREE adjectives that describe the character of the painter.
The name "Zeus" is a reference to Greek mythology. A reference to another work of literature is called
Follow the link below to a page on the Shakespeare Resource Center site and read the analysis which discusses the meaning of Hamlet's soliloquy. As you are reading, consider the connections between the soliloquy and Vonnegut's short story. (This annotation contains a link)
What is Mr. Wehling's tone in this conversation?
Hitz uses a simile comparing the people on Earth to drupelets on a blackberry. This simile creates powerful imagery to help the reader imagine how tightly people would be pressed together in a future without population control. (This annotation contains an image)
Please explain the thematic similarities between Hamlet's soliloquy and this story.
Please read the following article on satire, and then explain what satire is in your own words below. http://literarydevices.net/satire/