What are the themes of Genesis by Beckett?

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Genesis is a real treat!  This story of a dystopia in the future has a lot to teach us about our world.

Hindsight is twenty-twenty

The people want to return to a time when everything was better.  Societies tend to remember the past with rose-colored glasses, meaning that they remember things better than they really were.

Thought can be dangerous

The society is carefully orchestrated in the image of Plato’s Republic, because Plato suggested that the most intelligent philosophers should make decisions in the best interest of everyone.  As with most dystopias, it turns out that trying to create a perfect world has its pitfalls.

Things are rarely what they seem

At the end of the story, it is revealed that the characters are not human, and the examination is not for entrance into the Academy.  Instead, the entire process has been designed to identify androids that are showing signs of humanity.  Anaximander is terminated.  This is a reminder that we see the world based on experience, and we see what we expect instead of what actually is there.