1. Literature is a form of expression that will likely never be phased out. As long as the written word exists, literature will exist. The expression through words is the most basic of artistic forms. Whether or not the written word be electronic, on paper, or somehow transmitted directly into our brain, we will always used words to express ourselves.
2. We have gone over the problems of capitalism and how the novel addresses these inadequacies. I believe that the problems involved in capitalism are similar to the conflict between the freedom of the individual and the needs of the collective. Capitalism encourages large corporations to get larger, this exponential increase in the size of corporations ultimately led to the death of planet Earth in this novel. The Earth is a shell of its former self, with little to no wildlife and climate change running rampant. The collective is less needy because of the large corporations. The corporations are able to sustain the collective while remove the individual’s freedoms. The individual is no longer able to view nature as it once was and is unable to change what the corporations are doing to their world. Rather than working on restoring the freedoms of the individual they expand further. By colonizing other planets, the problem is only getting worse. Individuals’ freedoms are preyed upon as the corporations, and government, grow exponentially. The collective is ultimately taken care of, the human race still lives comfortably. The individual, however, continues to lose their freedoms. Rather than worrying about the individual the governments worried about the entire collective. Banishing entire groups of people was one of the few examples of favoring the collective over the freedoms of the individual.
3. I think it was used as a sort of understandable happy ending. After a novel of such wild and out of the box adventures, much of which was hard to comprehend, a simple ending is quite satisfying. It grounded me, reminding me that the story started with Earth, and the human race.