Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury captivated our minds by showing us how important literature is. Literature stretches our minds and provokes thought within us. In Fahrenheit 451, Professor Faber mentions three things that apply to books but also to our lives. These three things being quality, leisure, and the right to carry out actions from what we learn. While these things are related to books, they should be in our life as well.
Although the people of a Brave New World are all happy, and they are not free. It is an interesting way of viewing happiness. They never feel sorrow because whenever they feel anxious they take a drug called Soma. It 's an actual drug they take but might be symbolic of the comfort of religion or love. It is a kind of substitute.
When an individual uses soma, they become overwhelmed in happiness and all of the negativity disappears from their life. Some characters depend on soma, while others abstain from it because they want to be able to own their mind and feel what real happiness is. The characters who maintain their own control have the ability to threaten the stable society, because not everyone will be exactly how the government wants them to be. Huxley used soma to satirize people who allow stimulants to create happiness by avoiding their problems, because true happiness can only be obtained through control over a person’s own mind. In order to retain a thriving society, the citizens must sacrifice control over their emotions and individual thoughts so
Poetic devices are important in literature because they help to convey a message, add spontaneity to a poem, and give the reader a strong visual. Some poems are lengthy, and some poems can be very short, however when analyzed, they all express a deeper message. For example, when examining the poem, "The Changeling," by Judith Ortiz Cofer, the reader can easily spot the important message which the author is trying to reveal to the reader through the use of poetic devices. When closely reading this poem, the language and the terminology applied by Cofer enhances the readers ability to make connections between the theme of this poem and how it can be applied to real world scenarios. The poetic devices incorporated into the poem, "The Changeling," reflect on how young children interpret gender roles in their own way.
In Brave New World, Aldous Huxley uses soma to serve the purpose of presenting the theme of the pursuit of happiness through drugs. The purpose that soma serves in the novel is that it is a drug that is described and illustrated as the “perfect drug” with no negative effects. The characters in the novel start using it as an escape for unhappiness or dissatisfaction and the happiness that is reached with the drug eventually becomes a trap and it has an addiction effect which leads to people constantly using the drug to reach happiness. Huxley illustrates soma as the “perfect drug” in Brave New World. Soma is a drug that everyone uses in the novel.
For example, the word ‘euphoric’ and ‘pleasant’ give the idea of happiness as a result of soma. Soma is a drug that controls one’s emotions, keeping out bad thoughts. Therefore, soma is basically forced happiness. This relates to the theme in the
Question 3: Analysis & Application: What is the MAIN theme of each story? Prove the importance of these themes with examples from the novels. Where do you see these themes occurring in self, society, OR history? Onto the themes, let’s do this. The definition of a theme is: “the subject of a talk, a piece of writing, a person's thoughts, or an exhibition; a topic”.
According to the article “The Madness of Materialism,” by Taylor who says that people today believe that the key to happiness is money or buying things for yourself. The people that say money is the key to happiness is wrong because you can use the money on yourself but it doesn’t make you feel better. People who don’t have a lot of money are happier than the people with
In the novel, Brave New World, soma is a drug meant to escape emotions like pain, sadness, and depression. The drug represents the overall well-being of people, so they are always happy and content. In modern society, alcohol functions as soma-like, distorting your reality and making you forget your problems. Another parallel to soma is the societal pressure to drink from advertisements to social pressure. Similarly, the government of Brave New World pushes the usage of soma intensely and the people feel this pressure to consume this drug.
While their society looks vastly different on the surface from our society but once you look deeper into the story, the different societies have many similarities. First of all, the society in Fahrenheit 451 tries to eliminate all feelings and opinions. They enforce the laws by giving harsh consequences which makes everyone think twice before breaking a law. For example, on page 96 and 97 when Montag was reading a poem to Mildred and her
I do believe that human life is important, but I think that we are just specks in this whole universe. We are just more evolved organisms composed of chemicals. Postman also said in his speech how Visigoths believe they are the centre of the universe. This may sound like I am contradicting my last point because I said that humankind is not that big compared to the universe. But what I took from Postman’s “centre of the universe” comment is that Visigoths think for themselves before anything or anyone else.
With the ever growing, rapid progression of technology, the world has experienced a surge of new, bright and gratifying information right at their fingertips. With this surge of accessible information comes a major pitfall, so wisely predicted by Neil Postman in the forward of Amusing Ourselves to Death. This downfall is the reality of the world’s useless information overload. While the increase of rapidly acquired knowledge may seem like a good idea on the surface, the danger lies in the gluttonous overconsumption of unimportant facts that continue to dull our senses and eliminate our true understanding of our surrounding environment. Our view of the world is highly influenced by things and people who surround us.
Authors use figurative language to engage their readers and make their story more convincing or interesting. Authors also use it to help add mood fluency and imagery to their books. For example, in Ender’s game the author uses figurative language a lot to help the reader understand and help picture what 's going on in the scenes. The author uses metaphors, and hyperboles to create vivid images. The author use these literary devices to enhance the novel.