The two novels, which were read, demonstrated exemplary details of the ISU topics from which we were supposed to choose. The Hunt for Red October, by Tom Clancey, and Fatal Terrain, by Dale Brown were the two books being read and analyzed. These two novels are very similar in theme. Even though all of the given themes can be linked to, and have stunning similarities to one another, the themes which most protrude in these works, are success, and ambition.
The ambition aspects in both of the books bear stunning resemblance to one another. In both cases, the kind of ambition illustrated among the characters is shown in a hands-on way. In both novels, new technology is invented, and new ways of succeeding are patented for use to have an edge over the competition. Because of the character’s ambitious drive, they will achieve success. In Hunt for Red October, ambition plays a very large and important part of the plot of the novel. Basically, the entire plot of the novel revolves around the new technology invented in order to gain an edge over the competition.
The new technology invented was a ‘Silent propulsion system… .’ (Clancey, 58) which ‘… Virtually eliminate cavitation sounds’ (Clancey, 59).
The system was invented and developed by a soviet submarine captain named Marco Ramius. He fabricated the system for use in his plan to defect to America, from Russia (to bring your sub from Russia to America so the Americans could use the technology).
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The propulsion system was used to eliminate the sound of the submarine’s thrusters and engines, so as to not be detected by other radars. This way, no one would figure out his plans to defect. As a result of Ramius’ ambitious drive and hard work, he made a change in technology, which would help him achieve his goals in the novel, and always be one step ahead of the competition. In Fatal Terrain, There was also the aspect of new technology being invented, in order to stay one step ahead of the game. The plot, this time, does not completely revolve around the new technology being manufactured, but it plays a large part in the beginning of the book, and carries right through to the end. In the novel, two men, named Patrick Mcclanahan, and Jon Masters are both adequately involved in warfare and the Army and Navy.
Together, they have created a new plane. It is a variation on another plane, but is much bigger, stronger, has new and improved technology in it, and is now generally the most effective and powerful plane in the world. So, similar to Hunt for Red October, the theme of ambition by men who have a need to create new things to make a difference, and be the best at what they do is more than evident. In the case of both novels, this also leads to success, which is what the main characters were hoping for in creating these new ‘toys’. In both these novels, as a result of ambition, and achieving those goals, there is success proceeding the invention of the new technologies.
As with anybody, who has the ambitious drive to go to such great lengths to win an edge over competition, they hope to have some success. In Hunt for Red October, the captain of the ship, Marco Ramius, created his invention for the sole purpose in succeeding in a plan. This plan was to bring his ship to the US undetected, and that is what he accomplished, with the help of the new technology in the ship, which he invented. In Fatal Terrain, the same type of situation was cast upon the novel. A man with a new invention used it to his advantage when it would be of most use, and when he needed to use it. He used it to do with it what he designed it for, and he succeeded as a result of that.
So you see, these novels are not just about one of the themes for the unit of study, but there are more tied into them, depending on how deep you look. The themes examined here were first, ambition, and then success. As it is in most cases, this is the common order of the two themes. First you must have the ambition to do something, and if achieved, success will fallow. After it is all over, you can attribute your success to your ambition and vise versa. Works Cited Brown, Dale.
... production in biotechnology can make us come to new advanced technology that creates fuel with plants. In the past, there were studies ... would we be doing as the human species? Our technology now can create medicine that can boost our immune system and enable ... example, global warming which will create random storms that destroys property. Let us not take technology lightly because it can help us ...
Fatal Terrain New York: Berkeley Books, 1998 Clancey, Tom. The Hunt For Red October New York: Fleming Publishing, 1988.