They provided the protagonists the capability to change their minds and inspire them to go against the grain. The novel , Fahrenheit 451 and the film The Giver both have an underlying theme of curiosity and bravery. These works of art are great examples of post modernism as it pertains to a society that questions its mere existence. All belief systems and ideologies are developed for the purpose of controlling others in maintaining particular political and social systems. It challenges the flawed system instead of being trapped into a cycle of oppression and
However, Blackmore tends to go against that idea as she implies "Instead of thinking ideas as our own creations, and as working for us, we have to think of them as autonomous selfish memes, working only to get themselves copied"(Blackmore,37). For a meme to be successfully transmitted, one must generate new ideas constantly. Through Gladwell 's essay, we are clearly able to interpret that we do have the ability to generate ideas. As Gladwell implies, "It was McNeil who brought up the idea of sit-in at Woolworth 's"(Gladwell,137). It shows that we are able to generate ideas on our own.
The implications of how these two supercomputers gain power demonstrate the darker side of prioritizing cyberspace over the physical world, as well only paying attention to the aspects of cyberspace that are beneficial to individuals, such as being a hacker cowboy for Case. By pitting the two intelligent entities against each other, Gibson shows what could happen if technology is left unchecked, and in this case, not even technology can stop itself; it either has to consume or merge with other technology. It also illustrates how identity as shaped by technology will continue building upon itself and growing, whether or not this will lead to a better
In the award winning article, “Passages in Mary Shelly's Frankenstein: Towards a Feminist Figure of Humanity?” Cynthia Pon addresses masculinity and feminism in terms of conventions, ideals, and practices (Pon, 33). She focused on whether Mary Shelly's work as a writer opened the way to a feminist figure of humanity like Donna Haraway argued. The article has a pre-notion that the audience has read Frankenstein and Haraway's article. Pon has a slight bias, due to her passion as a feminist writer. It may skew her thinking and at times be subjective.
Continuing to present her depiction as a ruler, Haggard portrays Ayesha has being an imperialist, for she herself asks of Holly: “how thinkest thou that I rule this people…It is by terror” (Haggard 161). Critic Julia Reid in her essay on “‘She-who-must-be-obeyed’: Anthropology and Matriarchy in H. Rider Haggard’s She,” affirms that the “narrative’s depiction of the ‘imperial She’ undoes conventional assumptions’ about gender and power, subverting nineteenth-century understandings of women as the passive objects of colonization” (367). Reid hits upon the duality of Ayesha by speaking of the ‘imperial She’ whose veiled form runs her empire through terror and witchcraft. Within her is the power of the pillar of fire; the veiling is a metaphor for controlling her powers, and yet the threat always remains that the veil might be lifted, as Holly notes, to see the terror of her
Alejandra Metcalf Mrs. Cottom ENGL1010 03 November, 2017 The Haunting Feminist Theory By dictionary definition, feminism is the advocacy of women 's rights based on the equality of the sexes. Throughout the years, society has had three ¨phases¨ of feminism, and the definition of feminism has changed through those phases. Currently, feminism is a debateable word on whether the term is good or bad. Despite the controversy and debate over feminism, the theory of feminism in literature cannot be ignored, even by the most misogynistic of people. Charlotte Perkins Gilman 's ¨The Yellow Wallpaper¨, Roddy Dowell´s ¨The Pram¨, and Kate Chopin 's ¨The Story of an Hour,¨ can all be viewed with the application of the feminist theory.
This type of society is known as Utopia (which, according to Merrian-Webster is “an imaginary place in which the government, laws, and social conditions are perfect”). Its complete antithesis is the Dystopia, a “futuristic, imagined universe in which oppressive societal control are maintained through a totalitarian control.” Moreover, a dystopian society is usually used in literature as a moral or political warning. However, I firmly believe that a dystopia goes far than that. There are other elements that shape a dystopian society, like nationalism. Through George Orwell’s novel, 1984, I want to demonstrate how nationalism has a strong influence to incept a dystopia.
Relationality and relational theory, which is “rooted in transdisciplinary and diverse fields,” provides the underpinning for Doucet’s (2016) astute analysis (p. 3). Relational theory focuses on layers of dependence and interdependence, and on the social construction of norms and roles within relational structures. One of the foundational arguments of Doucet’s (2016) research is that binaries, which are also socially constructed, can impede meaningful social justice. Binaries include the most obvious gender binary of male/female, but also extend to more abstract binaries like subject/object. Binaries are indeed part of the established feminist discourse and relevant to Doucet’s (2016) analysis.
Transhumanism Transhumanism (abbreviated as H+ or h+) is an international and intellectual movement that aims to transform the human condition by developing and making widely available sophisticated technologies to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities.  Transhumanist thinkers study the potential benefits and dangers of emerging technologies that could overcome fundamental human limitations, as well as the ethics of using such technologies.  The most common transhumanist thesis is that human beings may eventually be able to transform themselves into different beings with abilities so greatly expanded from the natural condition as to merit the label of posthuman beings.  The contemporary meaning of the term "transhumanism" was foreshadowed by one of the first professors of futurology, FM-2030, who taught "new concepts of the human" at The New School in the 1960s, when he began to identify people who adopt
Feminist literary criticism is a direct product of the 1960s ‘women’s movement’, recognising the ‘significance of the images of women that are promulgated by literature’ (Barry, 116). Feminist critics see it as vital to challenge such portrayals – particularly in relation to aspects of ‘conditioning’ and ‘socialisation’, and what is considered an ‘acceptable version of the ‘feminine’ (Barry, 117). Gilbert and Gubar’s “A Dialogue of Self and Soul: Plain Jane’s Progress” offers a provocative critique, employing the character of Bertha Mason and her entrapment in the attic at Thornfield as an emblematic approach to the repression of omnipresent patriarchal standards of Victorian Society. Portrayed as the ‘truest and darkest double’ (360) to the novel’s protagonist, Bertha becomes a manifestation the thoughts and feelings that Jane feels she must subdue.
Instead of continuing the encouragement of progressive women 's rights, Browder showed that we reflect on the gift of authentic femininity as antithetical to radical feminism. A real page turner, this book is one of the more fantastic compilation of reflections, essays, memoirs, and historical facts about moral issues such as critical with regard to the dignity of human
Through the weaving together of these voices Brennan is able to analyze Sosua from a transnational scale and chooses to draw from the tradition of ethnography in shaping her work. As George Marcus and Michael Fischer have demonstrated ethnography must be treated as a “form of representational literature”, wherein the anthropologist must “move forward by writing in the ironic mode” (Marcus & Fischer 443). In light of this information Brennan attempts to avoid literary plotting and rhetorics of romance, tragedy, and comedy by constantly reminding the viewer that “very few women ever make it out of poverty”, only some women “break even” and that some may be “worse off after coming to Sosua” (Brennan 20, 56,
In this response paper I will discuss what it means for a something to be a “cultural work” and how Ender’s Game qualifies as one. In particular, that Ender’s Game qualifies as a cultural work for many reasons, but the two I will be specifically focusing on are how our culture values someone who rises above misfortune and the fear of the unknown. In her book, Science Fiction: A Guide for the Perplexed, Sherryl Vint defines a cultural work as “…their role in imagining a world that is in some way different from the one we take for granted and their power to create mythologies that help us grasp the experience of human life in a world dominated by scientific thinking.” What I think Vint means by this is that it cultural works such as science
A thorough interpretation of the assigned source is required prior presenting argumentation regarding the extent to which the source should be embraced. The idea that is communicated in the source is that by rejecting oppressive governments, society will improve and individuals will become an important asset to the nation. The author of the source is Ursula K. Le Guin an American author that mainly writes science fiction and fantasy stories. Most of her stories involve alternative worlds in politics, the natural world, gender, religion, ethnography and sexuality. Her story “The Dispossessed” is part of a trilogy, The Hainish Cycle which takes place in an alternative world and how different worlds and cultures come into contact, there will be
Controversial themes have long been a component of memorable film. These particular films touch on topics audiences might have typically found taboo or litigious, often dealing with ethical and social affairs. A prime example of this is the 1997 sci-fi film Gattaca. In a nutshell, Gattaca is a tale about a genetically caste era featuring modified humans and technologically reinforced discrimination. This world is no longer prejudice against class, gender, or religion but rather on DNA itself.