The Star Essay

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In the following excerpt, Ferrera suggests that "The Star" derives its themes from the William Wordsworth poem "Ode: Intimations." She concludes her analysis with an interpretation of the story as a challenge to the morality of viewing God and the universe as human-centered.

Much of Arthur C. Clarke's fiction is oriented towards rapid and simplistic plot development in the way that most pulp fiction is, frequently to the detriment of any other literary values; yet his fiction deserves more critical attention than its faults warrant. Noting this, Michael Thron has argued that we should judge the value of Clarke's fiction, not by literary standards, but by the value of the ideas it contains, and many of the other critics in Joseph Olander's collection of essays seem to agree implicitly with this judgment, mixing esthetics with scientific and philosophic appeal as criteria in applied criticism. But T. S. Eliot...

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