Due to this, they will lose passion to create, and will only consume and follow what the World State commands. Moreover, the World State never teach history during the conditions because it offers them an alternative. Because they are not aware of the notions of right and freedom, they do not rise for revolution. “‘You all remember,’ said the Controller, in his strong deep voice, ‘you all remember, I suppose, that beautiful and inspired saying of Our Ford's: History is bunk. History,’ he repeated slowly, ‘is bunk.’” (BNW Ch3).
Personal Freedom vs Intellectual Holocaust In Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Montag’s desire for personal freedom constantly conflicts with the ongoing intellectual holocaust. During this era, society discourages the opportunity to think independently because they live under the impression that “not everyone [is] born free and equal, as the constitution says, but made equal” (Bradbury 146) Many technological advancements evolve to occupy everyone and society enforces many rules to ensure that everyone lives equally. However, Montag meets Clarisse, who exposes him to her extroverted lifestyle and encouraged him to question his lifestyle. He soon realizes that he is not happy and the desire for a new life advances him to seek both personal and intellectual freedom. As a result of the desire for uniformity, society removes the majority of the freedom that characters can have.
Utopian worlds always backfire because people crave their own individuality.In Lois Lowry’s novel, The Giver, the leaders of the community control the citizens by keeping them ignorant and avoiding uniqueness. The Elders of the community try to keep the people from making decisions because they believe that it will make people's’ lives easier. At the age of 12 The Elders assign all the citizens jobs and a young boy, named Jonas, is given the honor of being selected the new receiver. During The Giver the Utopian world that the people live in fails because people naturally crave individuality. Throughout the novel, The Giver, The Elders of the community try to create a perfect world where people aren’t exposed to the negative parts of life.
In Brave New World, people can only escape reality and get happiness by consuming Soma. Like what Lenina says, “A gramme in time saves nine” (Huxley 77), people in Brave New World depend only on soma to ensure their “freedom” and “happiness.” This is but an illusion of freedom, since Soma controls people’s feelings, making them only to feel happy. On the other hand, in Never Let Me Go, the government gives the donors opportunity to delay their donation by becoming carers. In this case, they get the freedom to choose when they want to donate, but not the right to the ultimate choice: whether they want to donate or not. As a result, eople in both cases do not have the actual freedom.
After Holden found James Castle’s body when he committed suicide, Mr. Antolini warned Holden not to die nobly for an unworthy cause, but Holden might think otherwise. For instance, “ Holden emphasizes that the guy is week and little, he has no chance of physically standing up to the bullies. Rather than be ‘phony’ by taking back the insult, he jumps. To Holden this might sound a lot more like a noble cause...” (Shmoop). Holden might disagree with his teacher because he believes that James Castle is the one brave enough to end it
This shows that he couldn’t accept the fact that he was unsuccessful in living up to his scientifically predetermined potential. He felt invaluable and as a result this caused him to attempt to commit suicide. John attempts to stop World State by throwing out Soma. In Brave New World, soma was used by people to prevent people from facing social problems. Therefore, the
Drugs are the only source of happiness and pleasure. Sex is no longer associated with emotional feelings and intimate connections. Conformity breaks all individual thought and creative ideology, and unchecked consumerism kills desire and competition among peers. All of these things are pushed far beyond the limits of ordinary indulgences in order to keep society oblivious and under control. Today’s society is already becoming a society void of thoughts and emotions as predicted
Furthermore, the story “Looking for Rain God” written by Bessie Head reflects the belief in traditional practices, resulting in merciless death of two children. Based on these two stories, mankind followed their tradition practices and sacrificed other’s life to retrieve God’s blessing. This emphasizes that younger generation should not believe in traditional practices as some practices are illogical, irrational and will undermine social order as well as harmonious family relationships. Benefits of some of traditional practices over this world are lacking sense or sound, lucid reason as these benefits do not proven by any of the scientist in this world. People observes these old traditions, which have no sanction and were made just for the benefit of a section of society.
Creon has disrupted the feeling of trust by misplacing fear in the hearts of the sentry because he wanted his edict to be all-powerful. Furthermore, in addition to turning compatriots onto allies, power also creates an unquenchable lust for itself and drives the owner mad with paranoia, trying to protect their power. When he was threatened by the daughter of the previous ruler to be dethroned, he immediately strives to install a new law, he knew she could not abide so that he would be left without competition. The fabricated mandate by Creon was, “...Polyneices… is to have no burial…”( scene I lines 43-44). When he made
Instead of allowing people to realize their potential, the government forces them to sit back and meet an average or minimal expectation. If someone is smarter than the average person, the government constantly interrupts their thought process instead of allowing them to think straight and possibly help society. If someone and more beautiful than the average person, the government forces them to wear an ugly mask to hide their features. If someone is stronger than the average person, the government makes them wear extreme amounts of weights, or at least enough to bring them down to the average. The second piece of evidence the story provides is the fact that it says nothing about the Handicapper General or any of her agents wearing handicaps.
Clearly, taking Henrietta 's cells without permission from the family is a success for science, but it also causes psychological and mental anguish for her family. Day, Henrietta 's husband, simply agreed to whatever the doctor said to him and never had the education to understand the "doctor talk." He simply trusts that a doctor will do the right thing and knows best. He is never given the opportunity to provide informed consent regarding his wife and her body. "Debate about the implementation of informed consent is constricted and polarized, centering on the right of individuals to be fully informed and to freely choose versus and autocratic, paternalistic practice that negates individual choice" (Corrigan 768).
People don’t want perfection, they want to be content with life. But ignoring the real troubles does not mean that society is content, it means society is oblivious. By society not taking action towards the problems in the world, that is no better than the people in the book Fahrenheit 451. Ray Bradbury wrote a cautionary tale putting his prediction of the future into the book Fahrenheit 451. His prediction was that people would become so absorbed to their “barber shop families” and “seashell radios” (Bradbury) that they have no concept of world problems.
Throughout much of modern history the primary goal of mankind has been that of constant progress. The progress that has been made so far, in the last century for example, is staggering and applies to both scientific and societal matters. One of the questions raised by Aldous Huxley’s work Brave New World is whether this kind of progress is leading to a desirable future. The would-be utopian society depicted by the novel is technically perfect when it comes to the major issues our society must face: there are no conflicts or diseases, everyone has the basic necessities, and all citizens are happy. However the Brave New World would be considered by most to be a dystopia because of how different it is from our own society.
Free will and fate are very closely tied together in The Matrix, fate being the basis for those stuck in the Matrix and free will existing for those who think outside of the Matrix and can escape. For Neo he possesses free will, his prewritten destiny ended when Thomas Anderson did. Neo has his own free will. Neo had the choice of cooperating with the agents, which he declined to do so as he had his own free will and the Matrix couldn 't even force him to help. He had the choice of the blue or red pill, which all the people escaping from the Matrix had, proving that they all had free will because they made their own decision as what they could handle.