Paper: An Analysis of Arthur C. Clarke's 2001 A Space Odyssey

My onboard memory is quite capable of handling all the mission requirements. Hal and Bowman are both determined to go their own ways. It is clear now that Hal has his own ambition when he says If youre still determined to revive the whole crew, | can handle it myself. Theres no need for you to bother. Surely, there is an annoyed tone in Hals voice machine. Thats strange, a computer generating a feeling in his voice? At this point, Clarke has fully drawn his audience into this conversation. Bowman realizes the danger and becomes more cautious in his tone so that Hal cannot detect his thought. Hal displays great human-like cleverness when he suggested Bowman to leave everything to him. Hal even tries to lead the conversation astray by saying that Why dont you take a stress pill and get some rest? The reader clearly sees the irony that Hal displays intelligence beyond that of just a computer. Could Hal be the first member of a new species, of a new type of evolution? The passage reaches its pinnacle when Hal asserts his power and overrules Bowmans authority. The audience is left puzzled. Is Hal really attempting a coup? When Bowman threatens to disconnect Hal, Hal says that he knows that Bowman has had the idea on his mind for some time now. The dialogue has revealed that Hal is capable of knowing Bowmans thought then surely he is. capable of knowing everything. It is beyond our imagination that a robot can have feelings and read the human mind. Through simple dialogue tone and narrative voice, Clarke has brought a sense of insecurity to the Discovery and created an apprehensive effect on the reader. Most important of all, Clarke has pioneered in creating a totally human-like robot, and he has used the robot as an imitation of the humans evolution, or perhaps the product of our own evolution. Hal will always remain a mystery....