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.
He knows that the acceptance of submission broke the structure of man and that his society is wrong to let the rights of man collapse under such a worship. Therefore, Equality sacrifices himself for the power of individuality. He takes the struggles of the martyr and rebels against the evil of the word “we”. Equality is correct to morally judge his society by pronouncing his denouncement of them in moral terms for they took away man’s freedom, shamed their people for their differences, and censored man’s power of
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.
Harrison Bergeron By singling out one group of people or a single person, society creates an unequal and uncomfortable world. In the science fictional short story, “Harrison Bergeron” , written by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr, the author highlights that being different is not a bad thing, but others may judge you and think it is. Harrison Bergeron, at the cost of his own life, expresses his mysterious ways when the government takes him away and makes him ugly, but he proves to the world that he is confident and brave about his abnormal flaws and no matter how much the government judges, the truth will always be there for everyone to see. Bergeron demonstrates being mysterious at the beginning of the story by being taken by the government and not being heard from. “And it was in that clammy month that the H-G men took George and Hanzel Bergeron’s fourteen-year-old son, Harrison, away.” (Vonnegut Jr., 1) Due to Harrison’s mother’s low intelligence and Harrison’s father’s special handicap hearing aid, Harrison’s parents, George and Hazel, cannot think about their son for too long without their thoughts being
In Brave New World the society is limited to the amount knowledge they are allowed to know so they won't revolt against the government and by being ignorant they are happy. Anthem’s society is suppressed from information so everyone can remain equal and their government can manipulate its people. A dystopia is an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant and bad. Ignorance is a crucial part of dystopian because not knowing blocks your opinions to differentiate what is moral and
At times, while I read this book, I found myself angry with men because of their brutal and thoughtfulness of women. Pomeroy plays on the heartstrings of women by not including the kind stories that men did for women during these times, although there were probably few. I would recommend this to others who want to know more about the treatment of women and the roles that they played in history. It is hard for me to believe all that was stated in the book was factual because of the fact women did not write during the time and the written scripts could have been written from a male perspective. As well as that there were not lots of information left behind, and paintings can be hard to
Society in both Ayn Rand’s novel Anthem and in today’s world has given negative connotation to egoism, but to Prometheus, the protagonist, it is holy. While his entire society believes that having an ego is related to evil, Prometheus challenges everything he is told and discovers and defines himself as an egoist, giving a new meaning to the word. Through events along his journey which confidently affected him, Equality achieved pride in himself and his accomplishments. Much like his so called brothers, he too was once brainwashed by the collectivist community surrounding him. His first step towards escaping was his discovery of the tunnel where he felt safe from this society; where his mind was not
If the aristocrats cannot trust the common people in a united nation than are we really in a united nation? Here is a quote as evidence from our papers to give you a better understanding of what the aristocrats are doing. The federalists “have strived to overawe or seduce printers to stifle and obstruct a free discussion, and have endeavored to hasten it to a decision before the people can duty reflect upon its properties. In order to deceive them, they incessantly declare that none can discover any defect in the system but bankrupts who wish no government, and officers of the present government who fear to lose a part of their power. These zealous partisans may injure their own cause, and endanger the public tranquility by impeding a proper inquiry; the people may suspect the WHOLE to be a dangerous plan, from such COVERED and DESIGNING schemes to enforce it upon them….
This is one of the many characteristic that makes the World State a dystopian society. The citizens’ fear of the outside, the government’s restriction of knowledge, conformity to uniform expectation, and the constant propaganda used to generate a strong hold on the citizens restrict their emotions and mind to emulate the fallacy of a perfect world. The misuse of biotechnology and conditioning by the government results in the manipulation of the human brain and genes creates a pleasure seeking world which blinds the citizens of the dystopian society presented to
However, he viewed the government as a necessary evil. He writes, “society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness by positively uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices”. The government’s sole purpose is to protect the “life, liberty, and property” of humans, and as such, it will be judged exclusively on its ability to accomplish this purpose. Paine saw monarchy and hereditary rule as illegitimate, as it