“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength” (Orwell 17). The chilling dystopia presented in 1984 exemplifies the malicious nature of totalitarian governments in their pursuit of power and the various methods implemented to achieve control over the population. Using psychological manipulation and fear through war, falsehoods, and torture, Big Brother retains absolute control over one’s thoughts and actions, and thus strips the individual of humanity.
Teachers could have students read books that discuss the same thing as Fahrenheit 451 but doesn't use all the bad language and talk. Kassia Micek wrote an article called “Parent Criticizes book ‘Fahrenheit 451’. In the article parents state that this book talks about things students should not be encouraged to discuss in school. Alton Verm, a parent of a child reading the book made comments on the book like “its filled with all kinds of filth and how the words used in the book do not need to be brought out in class.” Verm asks the question, “how can the school punish students for using bad language, yet require them to read a book with bad language and morals in it?”
There is no doubt that things have changed since 1929 to now. Some things have gotten better, somethings have gotten worse and somethings have stayed the same such as how we view people by their race, gender or class. In the book (To Kill a Mockingbird) by Harper Lee, it displays how life was for two white children named Jem and Scout during the Great Depression, and all their experiences with racism and discrimination. In the book, Atticus, the children’s father is ordered to defend a colored man named Tom Robinson who was accused of rape which causes controversy throughout Maycomb. Some people disagree that Atticus should be defending a colored man, but some people such as Miss.Maudie are glad that Atticus is defending Tom Robinson because
Respect is a hand, calling out, waving, waiting to be picked on to express its views on a topic. People look up to it, and admire its nobility and intelligence. The book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is set during the time of the Great Depression and the Jim Crow laws, when black people and white people did not have the same rights as each other. The book is told in the point of view of Scout, a young girl whose father is a lawyer for a trial for Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson is a black man who was accused of raping a young white girl, Mayella Ewell.
In Chapter 15 of To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout’s compassionate actions eliminate the tensions of the lynching mob. Scout, being a rather youthful individual, did not quite comprehend the gravity of the situation in which she was getting herself into. In Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”, Scout states, ‘“I go to school with Walter,” I began again. “He’s your boy, ain’t he? Ain’t he, sir?”’.
Justice For All: Accuracies and Inaccuracies of Harper Lee’s Portrayal of the Justice System in To Kill A Mockingbird Racism, bribery, and predjudice: all very bad things that are sadly present in our judiciary system. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is regarded as one of the most important pieces of American literature. In the second part of the book, from chapter twelve through the end, Tom Robinson’s trial is one of the main events. In chapter twelve, the children visit Calpurnia’s church, which prompts a discussion on how Calpurnia learned to read. Aunt Alexandra and Dill both return to Maycomb unexpectedly.
Described by the Roman Suetonius as a complete monster, the despot did things such as wantonly have people killed and made people treat him as if he were on the level of power of the gods (437-439). Caligula was made a ruler fairly young, and ended up being completely unable to handle such power. His story is repeated in many historical examples of small minded men gaining access to ultimate military might and wreaking havoc. Many mentally ill but charismatic and seemingly good-willed men have affected society negatively by gaining power and using it for their own ends, with their sickness causing them to be unable to see the significance of the human cost. The individuals that have Hubris Syndrome can ultimately exhibit “ disastrous leadership and cause damage on a large scale,” (Owen and Davidson 1) and be eternally vilified, all because of a mental
Language is laden with presumptions of the culture and for a man in a position of power like John to ridicule and dismiss it is extremely oppressive and exploitative just as his remarks about the futility of education are, ‘what is that but rape; I swear to God’ Carol asserts. The power dynamic is exhibited through verbal and non verbal cues in the course of the film. The inability to ‘understand’ and the deliberate defining of certain terms accounts for the shift in power balance. John defines prejudice as, ‘An unreasoned belief. We are all subject to it.
To ban the book entirely was one solution to end this controversy. Last year, public schools in Virginia began a process of reviewing the book in order to decide whether it should be kept in classrooms and school libraries. This course of action started when a mother of a biracial high school student “filed a complaint with the administration, saying that her son had struggled to read a page in "Huck Finn" that was filled with racial slurs” (Beck). According to the mother, "This is great literature. But there (are so many) racial slurs in there and offensive wording that you can 't get past that" (Beck).
This in total shows how the people under the government 's control can unconsciously turn into puppets of hate for the rulers to use. People under the rule of totalitarian regimes are subject to becoming submissive to the government to the point that the government has extreme power over the all of the people (Zwerdling 75). This is true when Winston even finds himself joining in on the hate that the reader knows he does not condone. Therefore, further emphasizing in a reliable yet over dramatic view of totalitarianism’s negative attributes. In addition to the two minutes of hate, the people 's unknown hatred for both Eurasia and Eastasia further emphasizes the gripping control totalitarianism has on the people.
Both presenting themselves as an intelligent individual in the art of schooling, meanwhile they show naiveness of a child in observations of human behavior. Scout, in To Kill A Mockingbird, became well aware of cruel insults from her community about their dislike of her father’s actions. Her and her brother became accustomed and grudgingly tolerable to such insults and began to realize that the white folks could not accept the Negroes into everyday life. Maya, in I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, grew up in a black community, thus not being surrounded by racism all the time. On the other hand, her brother experienced how cold-blooded the white community is toward the black.
“To Kill a Mockingbird “is a coming of age novel. Discuss this statement, with reference to at least two characters. In the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” there is evidence of a coming of age story or lesson. Scout learns not to judge people and try and understand where they are coming from and to view a situation from their point of view. In the beginning of the book in chapter 3 Scout is shouted on her first day of school for knowing how to read, and for trying to help Miss Caroline by explaining who Walter Cunning is and that she has shamed him.
Going into elementary school, I was introduced to this dreadful thing called Accelerated Reading, or better known as “AR.” In kindergarten this was basically just a way to make sure that us small kids were actually reading and understanding the material, I don’t think it was a grade, just a sort of checkpoint, or guidance for the teachers. At this point, the program wasn’t so bad, but as I grew up, the beast that was hidden inside it became more, and more apparent to me. It turned into a competition between students to earn points. The higher difficulty of the book you read, and the higher you scored on the AR tests, the more points you got. You had to get a certain amount of points to get a good grade in the class.
Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird and Skeeter from The Help, both face discrimination from different point of views and act differently; the way they react shows their moral beliefs in a strong way. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Scout Finch reacts toward discrimination with confusion because she’s so young. At the beginning of the book, when Scout goes to first grade on the first day of school, she already knows how to read. Mrs.Caroline,her teacher, is taken
For example, Scout’s teacher Miss Gates speaks to the children in class about Hitler and the struggles that the jewish people were going through, and how “Over here we don’t believe in persecuting anybody. Persecution comes from people who are prejudiced.”(Lee,329). However, Scout overheard Miss Gates say horrible things about the black community at the Tom Robinson trial. Scout wonders how Miss Gates can be sympathetic about the persecution of the jewish people and then turn around and persecute African-Americans. When Aunt Alexandra comes to live with the finch family, she brings Jem and Scout right into the middle of all the hypocrisy.