The Iron Heel Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe the essential conflict of the Iron Heel.

The Iron Heel takes certain circumstances of the time, anchored in the tension between socialism and capitalism.

2. What is the two-tiered future described in the Iron Heel?

The Iron Heel posits a two-tiered future with a more immediate future of socialist revolution, and a centuries-distant, near-Utopian future in which that revolution has finally succeeded.

3. What does the contemporary author H. Bruce Franklin describe about London?

Contemporary authority H. Bruce Franklin writes about the origins and intentions of The Iron Heel and its author, socialist writer Jack London. He talks about the remarkable accuracy of London's futuristic vision and defines the forces, grounded in capitalism, against which London struggled as an individual and against which the revolutionaries struggle in his book. He also describes the personal and creative circumstances in London's life that gave rise to his creation of the book.

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