The short story “Time capsule found on the dead planet” by Margaret Atwood does not follow a traditional narrative structure. The text is separated into five sections which makes it easier for readers to follow the “ages” that have defined humanity.

The information found in the time capsule is told in chronological order and mirrors the relationship between humanity and the natural world. In the first age, for example, humanity and the natural world are in harmony: “A million birds flew over us then, a million fish swam in our seas (…) We smelled the earth and rolled in it; its juices ran down our chins.” As time goes by, humanity’s relationship with the natural world changes. 

In the fourth age, for example, the landscape is barren and toxic...

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