Sameness allows for the cultivation of insecurity and fear in lieu of the success of others. Rather than viewing differences gifts among individuals, those who desire sameness fear not being identical with others. Sameness is uniformity; it is the printing of one piece of art, rather than several unique original pieces. A cautionary tale regarding sameness can be found in Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron.” In “Harrison Bergeron,” Vonnegut crafts a dystopian future America that has concerned itself with sameness. Everyone was forced to be equal, or rather, identical in uniform and totalitarian manner.
The nature of conformity and individualism in Fahrenheit 451 is different compared to each other. Conformity is how everyone is in the novel while individualism is only shown outside of society. The true nature of conformity is that everyone is created equally while individualism shows what a real person is. In the novel, Montag was a character that was affected by conformity and individualism since he was once conformed in society, but then soon became an individual himself. Conformity and Individualism are polar opposites and that everyone should be unique in their own way.
Through the portrayal of the Tralfamadorian principles regarding the predestined nature of all events in time and Billy’s naive belief in these notions, Vonnegut shows that humankind can improve the future through purposeful actions in the present. He also emphasizes the dangers of complacency through Billy’s gullible and apathetic character. Vonnegut shares his contempt of complacency with Albert Einstein, as well as the view that the exertion of free will can bring greater peace to the
As seen throughout recorded history, conformity has contributed greatly to the inequality and unfair treatment of our fellow human beings and the world all around. If not for conformity, our world could have been a lot different. Perhaps a world of peace, where all species of the planet can live amongst each other in harmony with nature. Perhaps a world where human individualism is not just the "norm", but the moral way of life that contributes positively, not just for all humans, but for all of nature and earth. 2081's United States, does not represent the true meaning of equality.
The writers who write science fiction try to create awareness and at the same time give an alarm to the society. Kurt Vonnegut tries his level best in imprinting the evils of scientific development and warns what is to be done to improve the life of mankind better. The advancement of technology and scientific inventionshas tried to modulate man as civilized but he has become a civilized barbarian. Dehumanization means the refusal of human tendency. Dehumanization is expressed in two forms.
Many characters in the novel express the view of their own experience against machines. Kurt Vonnegut likes to kindle humanity among the members in the society as he strongly believes thatthere is no free will for humans. Here he compares human beings in the society with lack of freewill to the machines which are controlled
The writers who write science fiction try to create awareness and at the same time give an alarm to the society. Kurt Vonnegut tries his level best in imprinting the evils of scientific development and warns what is to be done to improve the life of mankind better. The advancement of technology and scientific inventions has tried to modulate man as civilized but he has become a civilized barbarian. Dehumanization means the refusal of human tendency. Dehumanization is expressed in two forms.
As humans there is one attribute that gives us the opportunity to be extraordinary, that one thing is competition. In Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron” Vonnegut forges an atrocious society where competition is no longer an aspect of the everyday which eliminates ambition and excellence from the average citizen, and forces normalcy and equality upon them. This dystopian society strips each and every citizen of the great tool of competition that forces humans towards progress and greatness, and leaves them with nothing but mediocrity and stagnation. Vonnegut has created a world without competition, without a driving force for greatness, and without a tool to motivate ambition. However in this non-competitive culture no one seems to care that
He said, as a citizen, you should appreciate the government because they give you sufficient food, a warm house, free education and a safe place to live in. If the government mistreated you, you cannot mistreat the city in return. Because the city and the country is like your parents, even more important than your parents. In his opinion, running
In addition, who issues the devices that try to equalize people? Who decides the standards of equality? More importantly, will the officials abide by their own standards like the general public? Therefore, Vonnegut disproves true equality, which makes it an ideological standard. Within “Harrison Bergeron,” the government attempts to “eradicate individuality, excellence, and beauty, and so smart people have radios implanted in their ears to disrupt their thoughts” (Miller) and by accomplishing this, society creates distress rather than equality.