The film, Crash, emphasizes the differences of cultures and classes. It focuses on the reality that we are all individuals and that adaptation of the human condition is hopeless. That the need to compete and the desire to win are more important than the justification for human decency. The tension of social and racial tension throughout this film I believe widens the chasm of discussion. I believe this because this film can be interpreted differently by individuals.
The necessities of social norms is to behave in an acceptable behavior to fit into society. One seems to have to wear the up to date fashion in clothing, and act as others do, standing out to much brings to much attention to oneself and can be considered deviant behavior. Family background, experiences, and childhood shape everyone 's life. Many individuals deviate from acceptable norms from what they have experienced, and seen. In the Stranger, society views Meursault as a cold -hearted killer and moral “blank.”
Fahrenheit 451 brilliantly illustrates a life where censorship eliminates thought provoking activities and replaces such activities with those of instant gratification. Censorship is a controversial topic that often confuses the common person. “Censorship, the suppression of words, images, or ideas that are ‘offensive,’ happens whenever some people succeed in imposing their personal political or moral values on others” (“What is Censorship” 1). Knowing the definition of censorship allows for the ability to discern suppression from the whole truth. Why censor in the first place?
The horrifying and deviance character that is portrayed to each member of this group, strips their integrity, human nature, and moral being. This, in turn, has damaging implications for the group; such as, astonishing power in influencing people's perception, including criminal judgment, ruling, and punishment. The controlling narratives that society obtains leaves queers with a predetermined outcome that shapes how society interprets their appearance and behavior, ignoring the reality of the situation and individual. The process of labeling queers with qualities on the basis of their sexuality, is an unrealistic
The societies of Anthem and Fahrenheit 451 prove to be a major obstacle in the lives of the main characters as they try to escape the strange lifestyles in order to discover new and unique knowledge. When compared to the societies of today, one can notice the significant differences primarily the restriction of free-thinking. In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury describes a society where censorship is supported and in Anthem, Ayn Rand portrays a society where collectivism dominates and free will is opposed. In both novels, the author emphasizes the impact of rules, collectivism, and censorship that hinder free-thinking and affect the main characters both externally and internally.
A system of monstrous tyranny holds individuality captive making true happiness rare. When one is muted by society’s harsh regulations, they suffer internally and externally. In the novella Anthem, Ayn Rand creates a character named Equality who feels tremendous sorrow for the way his life is, but will eventually locate the power behind his own voice. He will use his experiences to guide his acts of defiance and overcome opposing obstacles. Dispar and the negative attitude of others pushed Equality to become determined to transform his life.
One theme in particular is happiness. Bradbury’s message in the story is that life will be unhappy in a society like Fahrenheit 451. It is important to prevent the world from becoming like it. Although Fahrenheit 451 has advanced technology, it is obvious that it is causing harm to the citizens, thus turning into a dystopian society. For example, Montag realizes that he is not happy.
Social norms can cause individuals hysteria and make them feel left out which causes them to break apart from society. Both Edgar Allen Poe and Jon Krakauer use different instances of conflict and foreshadowing to achieve a similar idea of the negative aspects of society. Society can cause individuals to think differently and cause them to make decisions whether they are good or bad. Edgar Allen Poe and Jon Krakauer illustrate internal conflict in differing ways. In his short story, “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Edgar Allen Poe uses conflict to show how Rodrick isolation from society shows his effort to be himself despite living with illnesses.
Colonialism is an important topic in the novel, Things Fall Apart that causes societies to flourish, but it also causes societies to fall. Ibo society is a society that functions best by itself with no competition from other societies. Ibo society is unstable as even small-scale colonialism can cause Ibo society to fail. However, the true reason for the failure of Ibo society is colonialism. Achebe portrays the use of colonialism as having harmful effects on Ibo culture and community.
The responder can develop a superior knowledge of dystopian societies through the comparison of Victor Kelleher’s novel ‘Taronga’ and Neil burgers Film ‘Divergent’, as both can be perceived as instable tales. This reveals the destruction of society’s values by one individual; they are compelled to confront the brutality, fear, and misuse of power that results.
“The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.” - Steven Biko. According to Oxford Dictionaries, the definition of the word oppression is “prolonged cruel or unjust treatment or control” or “the state of being subject to unjust treatment or control” and even “mental pressure or distress”. The oppressed mind can be considered to be in the hands of the oppressor if the oppressed conform to the oppressor. Today’s society could be considered oppressed by itself in a way.
Dominic Strinati thinks that false needs has contributed in suppressing the real needs of social life (55). The more people correspond with fake propaganda and aspire to live as models they watch in an ad, the more they overwhelmed with dissatisfaction and frustration. Richard J Hart says, "consumerism enslaves rather than liberates. We need to expose the lie and illusion that it liberates and leads to happiness. The apparent satisfaction leads to dissatisfaction and lack of fulfillment" (41).
Pleasantville is exactly how it sounds like, it is a town where everything is pleasant and swell. The town is a closed universe, where the streets loop back onto themselves. Also, where the only job for firemen was to rescue cats from trees. The main characters, David and Jennifer were suddenly sucked into the TV series. As the show progress with David as Bud, and Jennifer as Mary Sue, things start to change in Pleasantville.