Study of the Short Story “The Machine Stops” as a Dystopia

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Ayşegül Beyaz


The Machine Stops is a science fiction story that reflects the idea of dystopian fantasy because of the catastrophy of technology, society and nature in the underground state. The relationship between Vashti and Kuno is one of the most outstanding part of the story in terms of lack of face to face communication , emotion and their perspectives through the Machine. The details as honeycomb, air-ship, video calling, worship, isolation, homelessness and artificiality reflect that Forster creates a dystopian world.  Briefly, the Machine affects wickedly technology, society and Nature itself. The ruin of them creates a dystopian fiction in Forster’s The Machine Stops. According to Carpolatetti, The Machine Stops is the first example of twentieth-century dystopian literature and the prototypical mechanical beehive story that brings together most of the relevant motifs later developed by twentieth-century dystopian authors.


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Beyaz, A. (2019). Study of the Short Story “The Machine Stops” as a Dystopia. Journal of English Language and Literature Club, 1(2), 9-13. Retrieved from


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