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With The Eyes Shut 1898   By: (1850-1898)

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Edward Bellamy’s With The Eyes Shut 1898 is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that takes readers on a journey of self-discovery and social critique. Set in a dystopian future, the story unravels through the eyes of the protagonist, revealing a world where conformity and passivity reign supreme.

Through his vivid descriptions and imaginative prose, Bellamy paints a bleak picture of a society that has willingly chosen to live with their eyes closed. The novel explores the consequences of individuals surrendering their critical thinking in exchange for a sense of false security. Bellamy skillfully crafts a narrative that compels readers to question the state of their own reality and reflect on the dangers of complacency.

The character development in With The Eyes Shut 1898 is one of its standout qualities. The protagonist, whose name is deliberately omitted, undergoes a profound transformation from passivity to awakening. As the protagonist navigates this oppressive society, their journey becomes a metaphor for personal growth and the pursuit of individuality.

Bellamy’s critique of the social and political structures of his time is subtly woven throughout the novel. He exposes the dangers of blind adherence to societal norms, raising important questions about the power dynamics that perpetuate inequality. This critical lens allows readers to draw parallels to contemporary issues, making the novel simultaneously timeless and relevant.

The pacing of the narrative is carefully managed, with each chapter building upon the last, gradually unraveling the secrets and intricacies of this eerily familiar yet distancing society. Bellamy masterfully balances plot and introspection, engaging readers in both the protagonist's emotional journey and the broader societal issues at play.

While the novel delves into complex themes and philosophical musings, Bellamy’s prose remains accessible and engaging. Through his eloquent writing style, he effortlessly transports readers into a world where reality is distorted, leaving them eager to uncover the truth alongside the protagonist.

In conclusion, With The Eyes Shut 1898 is a remarkable work of literature that challenges readers' perceptions of society and self. Edward Bellamy’s skillful storytelling and astute social commentary make this dystopian novel a must-read for those seeking a thought-provoking and intellectually stimulating narrative. It serves as a stark reminder of the dangers of complacency and the importance of questioning the status quo.

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By Edward Bellamy


Railroad rides are naturally tiresome to persons who cannot read on the cars, and, being one of those unfortunates, I resigned myself, on taking my seat in the train, to several hours of tedium, alleviated only by such cat naps as I might achieve. Partly on account of my infirmity, though more on account of a taste for rural quiet and retirement, my railroad journeys are few and far between. Strange as the statement may seem in days like these, it had actually been five years since I had been on an express train of a trunk line. Now, as every one knows, the improvements in the conveniences of the best equipped trains have in that period been very great, and for a considerable time I found myself amply entertained in taking note first of one ingenious device and then of another, and wondering what would come next. At the end of the first hour, however, I was pleased to find that I was growing comfortably drowsy, and proceeded to compose myself for a nap, which I hoped might last to my destination.

Presently I was touched on the shoulder, and a train boy asked me if I would not like something to read. I replied, rather petulantly, that I could not read on the cars, and only wanted to be let alone.

"Beg pardon, sir," the train boy replied, "but I 'll give you a book you can read with your eyes shut... Continue reading book >>

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