“Government 's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives”. The short story Harrison Bergeron is written by Kurt Vonnegut. It is the year 2081; because of the new Amendments to the constitution everyone is now equal. One day, Harrison Bergeron is taken away from his parents’ home, George and Hazel. They are both unaware of what is happening because George is required to wear a radio in his ear that makes it so he cannot comprehend what is happening around him, the reason he must wear this is because he is smart.
In the first chapter Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your AMerican History Textbook Got Wrong, James Loewen explores the common process of heroification within America’s history. The flaws of many individuals, specifically Woodrow Wilson and Helen Keller in this chapter, are usually overlooked when recounting their achievements. Loewen points outs that when heroes are recognized for certain things it only covers a short person of the person’s life. The media and schools filter out the bad to leave room for inspiration and good.
This is first shown when Hazel states she believes she would make a good Handicapper General, George responds to her by saying she’d be “Good as anybody else,” due to the fact that nobody can be better than anybody at anything. This is especially prejudicial against politicians because they will not be able to have progressive ideas. If everyone who runs for office must wear handicaps that forces them to be the same as everybody else in the nation it forces a state of stagnation of ideas for the country. Another example of the culmination of positive change is presented during a conversation between Hazel and George. George compares competition to the dark ages by saying “If I tried to get away with it, then other people'd get away with it—and pretty soon we’d be right back to the dark ages again, with everybody competing against everybody else.
I thought he was a very nice gentleman. Soft-spoken. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.” (Chapter 2 page 102). Smith knows that his actions are inhumane and respects the Clutters, but even if he shows sympathy, there won’t be any escape to what he has done.
The word “I” establishes one’s distinctiveness. A society that encourages and enforces the binding of men together, therefore forming a collective unit is Ayn Rand’s idea behind her novella Anthem, a story set in a dictator-like dystopian world. The government in Anthem enforces “the great WE”, which reveals the selflessness of the citizens living in that society (19). Simply using the plural pronouns “we”, “they”, and “our” shows the unity of the people, that individuality is a crime, and that the goal of their labor is for the good of everyone else. Once a person turns 15 years of age, their lives are well planned out for them until their deaths.
For young boy of his age no growing up with any real worries is ideal and to have the exposure of death is traumatic. This death has opened up his eyes into reality and showed him the true side of life. Antonio has seen the good and evil of the world like Ultima. She is portrayed as the savior of the town, because there is no evil that can match up to the goodness in her. “For us Ultima personified goodness, and any risk in defense of goodness was right.
Their failure to grasp the wishes of the people and feel it's pulse, cornered them behind the shelter of a perverse ideology, that seldom makes sense. Years of unnecessary self-victimization and vested personal interests made them immune to cherish Liberalism, Progressivism, or Secularism, at its core. This intellectual vacuum jeopardizes the sociopolitical dynamics, we ought to preserve in our state’s affairs. This threatens the very future of the who nation as political science tells us corrosions on the Left, more often than not, transcends the extremists far Right; a result none of us wish upon
In this essay William Lutz would be considered someone who fakes history for the government like in the Ministry of truth, to please the government. Although this essay states there was blood on their shirts during that time, individuals continue to say, “I was wrong” and “No one died in Tiananmen Square”. No one denies this and they protect the government in results of fear. They are being forced to lie and say the army did not hurt anyone nor killed anyone. The government in China wants people to “Love the Party, love the socialist motherland”, similar to Nineteen Eighty - Four because “The two aims of the party are to conquer the whole surface of the earth and to extinguish once and for all the possibility of independent thought”
Since the movie is based on Truman; an individual who is unaware that his life is being filmed. Even though his surroundings are very influential to him, he still remains to be himself. He lives in a reality of utopian urbanized city, and he is surrounded by societal expectations; to be like everyone else. A typical surbanaite. However, he does not abide by societal expectations demanded by the made up reality and he is true to himself.
Animal testing throughout history has not only provided vaccines for millions of people but has also increased the longevity of human life. “An increase of thirty years has been added to the lifespans of Americans due to the creation of vaccines” (Vaccines.gov). “Since the 1920s, the life expectancy of humans in the United States has increased from sixty-five to eighty-five in the 2000s” (Living Longer). These statistics are irrefutable as animal testing has played a vital role in extending human life. Animal experiments have not only impacted the history of human beings but are currently still providing many advancements in medicine.
The United States of America has, and will always be the dream as long as the population stands for ones beliefs. Education has been a popular subject for a while, yet, where is the action? In President Obamas State of the Union Address, he used rhetorical devices to convey his intentions to advance the education system such as logos, utopia, and pathos. President Obama used logical appeal to reference current events along with statistics. He claims the “[l]atino dropout rate has been cut in half over the past 10 years,” and this shows how much the graduation rate has increased in a specific time (Obama).
A respected author John Green questions, "Why is being a nerd bad? Saying I notice you 're a nerd is like saying, ‘Hey I knows that you 'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you 'd rather be thoughtful of them be vapid, that you believe that there things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan and why is that?” Many people who are passionate about their studies question the same thing. Leonid Fridman wrote a passage “America Needs its Nerds” in order to raise concern that our society does not value intelligence. Fridman uses compare and contrast to get his point across to the readers.
Leonid Fridman’s passage “America Needs Its Nerds” examines how intelligent people are disgraced for being interested in academics. Fridman argues that “nerds and geeks must stop being ashamed of who they are” through effective comparisons and a repetition of ideas to inform the citizens of America about the importance of smart minds. Furthermore, Fridman reiterates the concept of nerds being viewed differently compared to others in the first half of the passage. The author implied that society favored people who focused less on academic activities and more on being social or active.
To better convince the generation of today that many perceive to be arrogant, pompous, and perhaps ignorant, that their beloved country may not be as great as what it once was is a difficult task. Recognizing that a large amount of emotional appeal would do nothing to enhance their purpose, the authors included a plethora of statistics with limited room for interpretation to leave their audience with little to deny. The utilization of numbers is found in every major section of the piece. One may not believe that the US is faltering in education unless appropriate facts are presented in a strategic manner. Following is an excerpt: “The Program for International Assessment (PISA) exam is given to almost half a million 15- year old students in 64 countries and economies every three years.
In Diana Ravitch’s ‘(2010) article Why I Changed My Mind, she discussed how abiding by an educational system using accountability and choice has failed tremendously in America. In addition, Ravitch explained how the federally ordained policies are continuously contributing to the system’s decline as well. She believes the legislators are so focused on testing and teacher evaluation that they are ignoring the root of educational problems faced in the United States. With such strong emphasis on testing and test results, educators have changed their teaching strategies in an attempt to satisfy this broken structure. There is strong attention to preparing students to pass standardized tests while simultaneously denying teachers the time to focus