Homework Help

How does Kreton, from Gore Vidal's play Visit to a Small Planet, know how to speak in...

user profile pic

yaping | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 3, 2013 at 6:28 PM via web

dislike 1 like

How does Kreton, from Gore Vidal's play Visit to a Small Planet, know how to speak in English?

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 3, 2013 at 9:01 PM (Answer #1)

dislike 0 like

Gore Vidal's Visit to a Small Planet depicts an alien, Kreton, who has landed on earth in order to witness a war. Disappointed that there is no current war he can witness, Kreton intends to begin a war between the United States and Russia.

Kreton, as an alien, possesses very extraordinary powers. He is immortal, and his people have evolved to never need to procreate (given their immortality). Kreton can also read minds, levitate things, and create force fields. With his ability to read minds, Kreton has learned how to speak many different languages.

Sources:

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes