One of the major themes clearly evident in the novel is the fear to accept and tolerate deviations (Wyndham, 1955). The superiors in the Waknuk society despise campaign for conformity in the sense that they discriminate and condemn mutation as they see it as an abomination towards the society’s rights and regulations. The people in authority assume that having more powers over other citizens automatically makes them right. The persons born with deviations are castigated and
After a long conversation with Mustapha Mond, John even forces himself to throw up in order to purge himself of civilization, explaining that “It poisoned me.” John does not see himself as a part of society like Lenina does; in fact, because he has always been treated and considered as an outsider, John is the very embodiment of individualism and natural instinct. John is all the more dangerous because of his refusal to accept the World State’s society and conform to their societal
DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS The role of victor is subverting the mythical norms in Frankenstein. Usually the creator is considered superior and perfect in his qualities however, in this novelette, the creator himself is flawed he fails to own his own creation. On the complete contrast, Mary Shelley portrays the Creature to be an isolated figure that spends his life desiring a companion and friendship. The Creature is so rejected by society, so abandoned by Victor and the people he come across, that he becomes filled with hatred towards everyone, particularly for the one who placed him into this terrible state in the first place – Victor. The first abandonment occurred right after the “birth” of the Creature.
This mistake removed the thoughts and actions of individuals, which is what allows a society to flourish. While the city in Ayn Rand’s novella uses a complex system of laws and government controls in hope of suppressing ego, they ultimately fail due to the fact that there will always be someone whose ego cannot be suppressed, which is why the society that Equality 7-2521’s has envisioned creating would include none of these rules. Anthem’s community removes individuality and in its place instates a sense of togetherness and collectivism in an attempt to eradicate ego. First, the assault on the individualistic nature of mankind is overwhelming evident in the moss-strewn marble engraving above the Palace of the World Council: "We are one in all and all in one. There are no men but only the great WE, One, indivisible and forever" (19).
These governments instill conformity through the use of force, consequently causing society to lose its individuality. Vonnegut and Bradbury’s warning against the dangers of conformity and equality from their stories is that these substantives lead to the loss of individuality, making the government too powerful. Conformity and total equality in both stories show one of the drawbacks to dystopian societies—citizens can’t live their lives freely and individually. Without individual thoughts and opinions, humans are not their unique selves. In Harrison Bergeron, George was daydreaming on the couch when, “He began to think glimmeringly about his abnormal son who was now in jail, about Harrison, but a twenty-one-gun salute in his
There are many uncivilized leaders and it is hard to choose just one, but barbarism is the opposite of a civil monarchy. In literature, there are many examples of inhuman leaders, including Frank R. Stockton's barbaric king in "The Lady, or the Tiger?". The king is half barbaric and created a legal system that is dishonest and is used for the satisfaction of the viewers. Due to the absence of a government's influence the king’s inhumanity is extremely evident. The king is uncivilized because of his arbitrary and barbaric justice system and his lack of government in his kingdom.
Society is too stubborn to see his call for support and the helplessness of him. The creature, good or evil, represents the conscience Victor created. Back in the 1800’s, when Frankenstein was written, men could do everything but create a life, unlike women, in which, that is all they can do. Victor wanted to be able to do everything which made him turned monstrous with his knowledge. The creation represents Victor’s
There are heterosexual people who still refer others as punk, homo, faggot, and freak because they were different. In the film, Marlon Riggs stated, “The blacks hated me, because they assumed my class status made me uppity, assumed my silence as superiority.” Even if you are part of a category, it doesn’t always mean that you would be treated the same. There are people who are shy, confused, afraid and alone. Marlon Riggs felt cornered by identities that he never wanted to claim. He ran to escape from the world that discriminate others, trapped inside where he felt safe.
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.
This is similar to Emerson's abstract idea of rejecting all government and determining actions based on only his ideas. Thoreau continues on the idea Emerson proposed of individuals rejecting society and its negative influences on the individual and the human mind. Thoreau highlights that many people believe that we have control over government, but instead it has control over us, "We do not ride on the railroad; it rides upon us" (201). Thoreau would go so far to suggest that, "The mass of men serve the State thus, not as men mainly, but as machines, with their bodies" (164). This shows the severity that almost all men have been subject to assuming a false sense of conformity due to the control of government over our everyday lives.