0000032422 00000 n “What if the experience of knowing the future changed a person?” Louise ponders. She is experiencing time out of order, because her efforts to understand an alien language have irreversibly rewired her brain. 0000018020 00000 n 0000068537 00000 n trailer Hidden under Arrival’s more palatable themes about overcoming cultural differences and uniting as one species is Chiang’s more direct message about learning how to appreciate life’s moments, to live outside the bounds of time. The credit for this narrative trick goes to author Ted Chiang, who plotted Arrival back in 2002 as a first-person short story called Story of Your Life. endstream endobj 21 0 obj <> endobj 22 0 obj <>/MediaBox[0 0 595 842]/Parent 17 0 R/Resources 23 0 R/Rotate 0/Type/Page>> endobj 23 0 obj <> endobj 24 0 obj <> endobj 25 0 obj <>stream Short Stories for High School Students. If he had been more analytical, he might have calculated the approximate time of their arrival; but he still used the lifetime habit of judging nightfall by the sky, and on cloudy days that method didn’t work. In Arrival’s deterministic universe, free will exists in the form of following through on a choice you already know you’ll make. When Louise tells Ian their daughter will die, he’s naturally upset. %PDF-1.4 Chiang limits the scope of Story of Your Life to a reflection on personal choice. It turns her perception of time into a two-way river that Chiang illustrates through brief intermissions that visit Hannah’s childhood and adolescence in future tense, as if Louise is forecasting the beats of her daughter’s life.
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