The Kilgore Trout Stories by: jocelyn Rivas

The big board: " … It was about an Earthling man and woman who were kidnapped by extra-terrestrials. They were put on display in a zoo on a planet called Zircon-212....

These fictitious people in the zoo had a big board supposedly showing stock market quotations and commodity prices along one wall of their habitat, and a news ticker, and a telephone that was supposedly connected to a brokerage on Earth. The creatures on Zircon-212 told their captives that they had invested a million dollars for them back on Earth, and that it was up to the captives to manage it so that they would be fabulously wealthy when they were returned to Earth. The telephone and the big board and the ticker were all fakes, of course. They were simply stimulants to make the Earthlings perform vividly for the crowds at the zoo–to make them jump up and down and cheer, or gloat, or sulk, or tear their hair, to be scared shit-less or to feel as contented as babies in their mothers’ arms. The Earthlings did very well on paper. That was part of the rigging, of course. And religion got mixed up in it, too. The news ticker reminded them that the President of the United States had declared National Prayer Week, and that everybody should pray. The Earthlings had had a bad week on the market before that. They had lost a small fortune in olive oil futures. So they gave praying a whirl. It worked. Olive oil went up " (chapter 9, page 201 - 202).

My commentary: What trout is trying to say is the difference a person can make. Like saying that everyone is difference and unique in their own way and the difference the way a man and women are but yet somewhat similar. The way he said ¨they were kidnapped and put on display...¨ it was referring to a way of interest and being amazed. Like they were put on display to show the difference in the way they look. Also it has a twist to it when it says ¨ display in a zoo...¨ which there when it says zoo, they are referring them as animals, meaningless, and the way animals are actually treated in zoos. With the meaning behind the the big broad to bring more attention to the big idea. the interest they have in earth and what they are like.

The Gutless Wonder: " It was about a robot who had bad breath, who became popular after his halitosis was cured. But what made the story remarkable, since it was written in 1932, was that it predicted the widespread use of burning jellied gasoline on human beings...

It was dropped on them from airplanes. Robots did the dropping. They had no conscience, and no circuits which would allow them to imagine what was happening to the people on the ground. Trout’s leading robot looked like a human being, and could talk and dance and so on, and go out with girls. And nobody held it against him that he dropped jellied gasoline on people. But they found his halitosis unforgivable. And then he cleared that up, and he was welcomed to the human race " (Chapter 8, Page 167- 168).

My commentary: I think this really relates to humanity and the way are with others. The way a person can betray another person without having guilt or having to feel bad on the other person. Like robots they are fake and don´t have feeling of any kind, a person can sometimes feel like that and do things they don´t mean it to happen. Just as humanity is there is forgiveness and open arms. There´s always that change where people have in their hearts to forgive and have good hearts. But in other cases it´s not just forgiveness and open arms but could have anger. Life as a robot is simple, being human is a lot more then simple, that´s what i think this means. Things are more then simple.

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