Through the main character, Prometheus, readers experience the suffocating nature of a society that enforces “total equality.” Ayn Rand’s novel Anthem explains, relates and propagates the negative effects of collectivism on man’s individuality. Rulers justify their collectivist society by appealing to the desire for equality. Exploiting the craving for fairness, power-hungry leaders are able to convince the community that a unified society is in their best interest.
“It is a sin to write this,” (Rand 17) Equality 7-2521 says as he writes fearfully about his society’s real sins. Harrison Bergeron and Anthem are about collectivist societies, whose intentions were to make a perfect world, but in the process was turned into pure destruction. Although, Harrison Bergeron and Anthem are both pieces of dystopian literature, they differ in their portrayal of the ideas of families and technology. In Harrison Bergeron, their society has families, relationships, and their technology has advanced.
Lynnson Ceneston Nov.28.2015 Something or someone with great power often controls humanity’s place in the universe, which does not allow individuality. In the short stories “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. and “The Pedestrian” by Ray Bradbury both authors depict the excessiveness of government control and how equality regulations are strictly implied and punished if not respected. Harrison Bergeron, in the short story "Harrison Bergeron”, was an extreme example of a social deviant. In his society, it is believed that not one person should be better than anyone else.
Today, the debate that perplexes society is whether collectivism provides answer for simplicity amongst a civilization. True collectivists believe in altruism, and these altruists believe the only way to bring a society together is by destroying individualism. Democracies believe that individualists remain the only way to keep society 's bonds intact. The stories “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut and Anthem by Ayn Rand draws the line between the so-called perfect utopia versus an imperfect dystopia. One can see there are many similarities between “Harrison Bergeron” and Anthem.
A government cannot set a table of beliefs and roll with it if the community does not agree, they will be overthrown. Many people today would love for the world to be as equal as possible, but too much equality can cause complete destruction to a
The Perfect Place The society Lowry depicts in The Giver is a utopian society; a perfect world as envisioned by its creators. It has removed fear, pain, famine, illness, conflict, and hatred, all things that most of people would like to eliminate in today’s society. In this utopian community, major problems are rare, only minor problems such as scraping your knee would happen. Even when this would happen there would be medications sent to them.
In all of its definitions and whims, success can never be forced, or the value of the achievement is lost. When forced, success can actually go in the reverse direction of the original intent, and human error proves itself a huge flaw in forced success. In Ayn Rand’s Anthem, the society is overall collectivist, made to extinguish any and all individualism by banning the word “I”. Instead, only “we” may be used to discuss self. Those in the society’s leadership positions believe they have succeeded.
Anthem is much like other dystopian
Along with him being an egoist, comes an expected bad connotation, but he does in fact break away from the chains his collectivist society puts on him and Equality- later known as Prometheus- finds himself and his individuality. Equality 7-2521 is in fact an egoist, but rather in a good way, he uses his egoism to set him apart from his fellow brothers, which ultimately leads him to better himself and find the sweet freedom he’s been missing out on.
In the novel, Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley provides several examples of the truths individuals refuse in order to live in ignorance and bliss. Society thrives on its stability.(BS) The Controllers revoke any option of truth because it creates discomfort and discomfort encourage unhappiness. Huxley writes Mustapha Mond as the perfect example of the control of truth to ensure happiness. Mond explains how stability plays a major part in the pursuit of happiness.
The world beneath the perfect society that is portrayed as an illusion, is something that a character cannot realize until they choose and then confront what they have lost in the end or new beginning. This has been evolved through the comparison of Victor Keller’s novel ‘Taronga’ and Neil Burgers film ‘Divergent’. ‘Taronga’ has a society of fear that lives beneath the idea of finding hope within Taronga and living without fear behind the gates that lock in the ‘good memories’. People on the outside perceive this as something that is worthy until the gates are open to freedom and the only free will that is left is the values of the protagonist. The ‘Last Days’ is depicted as the end of a perfect society that was once simple; this is related through the dystopian fiction being portrayed as a microcosm.
Living as a “normal” citizen of his time, and the growing feelings of uneasiness this brought allowed him to realize the wrongs of his society’s ways and begin to seek life anew. Throughout his search, Montag also comes to know the importance of self-understanding, an essential element to a truly fulfilled life. Although it is common practice for individuals to go through life under the false conviction that “ignorance is bliss,” Ray Bradbury reveals that this notion is far from reality. Without an understanding of the world and one’s personal role in it, one can only go through life living out a pre-packaged lie, a plastic mold of expectation that cannot bring personal fulfillment or
Fahrenheit 451, a book created by the mind of Ray Bradbury, was made to show the challenges of the Utopian lifestyle, but it is also a fantastic example of the Hero’s Journey. "We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal. Each man the image of every other; then all are happy, for there are no mountains to make them cower, to judge themselves against.” -Bradbury
Almost everything in the nation of Oceania is a deception and form of mental slavary. To start with the slogans of the party War is peace, slavery is freedom, and ignorance is strength are all contradictory statements that lead to deception. War is peace, is not a form of peace in the twisted words of the party it means more along the lines of a way of containment than a way of peace. The only peace that this initiative brings is the absence of revolution. Slavery is freedom is a slogan that in the real world makes next to no sense.