Living on My Own What government is so cruel that their people lose the right state of mind? Well, in Anthem by Ayn Rand, the government is terrible and unstable, which causes Equality to lose his freedom and individuality. Anthem the main characters live in a dystopian society. This a society where the government laws and code are unfair. The laws are unnecessary because for a small crime, there are big consequences.
V said, " People shouldn 't be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people. " V for Vendetta and Anthem are both very intriguing stories full of symbolism. V for Vendetta mainly deals with a group of people filled with disbelief towards their media and eventually adopt the idea of taking down the government. Anthem is about a man, Equality 7-2521 escaping his government.
I am firmly opposed to the manipulation of one’s subjects for the better of the ruler. Machiavelli’s concept for a prince’s soldiers is a malicious brainwash. A feared ruler will only induce despise from his people. I regard Machiavelli’s justification for a prince containing aspects of evil to be a unethical form of governing a society. His depiction of a feared ruler disregards the prosperity of his people and does not account for their pursuit of happiness.
¨Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty, and dies with chaos.¨ (Will Durant) In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, the quality of society's morals depends upon the moral nature of its leader: Someone inclined to chaos and who rules with fear does not create a sustainable system. The boys are all stranded on the island with no adults, they try to make a sustainable and non fearless government system, the government system falls, and made Jack turn ‘evil’ and go his unsustainable government system way. When Jack starts to lose his innocence, he put some clay on his face to show that he was starting to turn to the chaos or the party side of things.
These events created a distrust between Americans and their government and “caused him(Vonnegut) to question many of the power structures in the United States: the government, corporations, the military, and bureaucracies in general” (Mowery 1). He effectively criticizes the US government by turning “black-logic extensions of today’s absurdities into an imagined society of tomorrow at once gives us something to laugh at and much to fear” (King 426). Kurt Vonnegut satirizes the principles of complete government control throughout his short stories, “Welcome to the Monkey House”, “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow”, and “Harrison Bergeron.” In the short story, “Welcome to the Monkey House”, Vonnegut criticizes the US and future world government for oppressing the people with laws based on morality. These laws came into effect after the world experienced a population explosion of seventeen billion, mostly caused by the unchecked science community.
An Oppressive Government George Orwell talks about the dangers that can occur with an oppressive totalitarian government. He documents life under a controlling government party referenced to The Party and Big brother. He discusses the lack of privacy of the citizens and the result and consequences of committing crimes. During the time period of the late 40’s the government used telescreens in order to surveillance the people at all times. “ On coins, stamps, on the covers of books… everywhere.
“It is a sin to write this,” begins Anthem, and the digression of the society around him slowly falls. The argument asks if I reason about the Equality’s sins being evil or marvelous. The outtake of his decision decides his fate on the community around him, lifeless slaves being controlled by the government. So, I believe his sins are for the greater good. It shows that he is not a enslaved monkey in a science lab, but the arrogant monkey who refuses to do the tests.
The warnings totalitarian gov’t in the novels, the Handmaids tale, and 1984, both authors introduce the audience with the total speculation of the citizens. In which they are forced to live in a dystopian society with a totalitarian based government. To preserve a totalitarian society such as a lead, and Oceania the higher authorities must enforce secret police’s, regulate, harsh punishment, and limit language, thought and sexuality. The society of Oceania in 1984 is ruled by the omnipresent authority figure Big Brother who can be characterized as a totalitarian dictator. His main focus is to keep his citizens in check by making sure they abide and consent to his rulings
In his dystopian novel 1984, George Orwell presents the dismal quality of life under a totalitarian government to illustrate the lack of control individuals have over their existence. Individuality is controlled and influenced by society as a whole. The pervasive influence of societal expectations blurs the line between personal desire and expected aspirations perpetuated by cultural norms. This places a strain on Winston’s relationship with his wife Katharine, as he struggles with her contradictory attitude towards sex. He recalls how “as soon as he touched her she seemed to wince and stiffen,” and describes her as “a jointed wooden image”(Orwell 66).
A dystopian society is a dehumanizing and as unpleasant place that is the opposite of perfect. In 1984 Oceania is considered to be a dystopia with a totalitarian government running the country. The main character, Winston Smith, is one who is not too happy with his living condition in the society and hates everything the government represents. However a revolt is near to impossible to complete and has never happened before. Anyone who has tried is not a person in the society anymore.
Throughout the course of the move, 1984, by George Orwell, the concept of an ominous and omniscient protector conflicted Winston Smith, the protagonist. He gazed at Big Brother’s “mustachioed great face” with fear that exemplified the party's workings. In this world of dismay, Winston is seemingly unique in his disgust. With all this considered, the following depicts Winston’s psyche and development in the novel.