Civilization, and being “civilized” are topics that have been debated for centuries. In the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, Huck Finn journeys down the Mississippi River and witnesses many of society’s facets. During his adventures, Huck experiences the negative aspects of the human race and witnesses slavery, racism, and con-men. However, Huck himself is considered uncivilized to the point where the Widow Douglas can only attempt to “sivilize” Huck (13). The dichotomy between what was considered civilized at the time and what Huck believes is civilized represents the backwards, violent, and cruel nature of society as well as Huck’s progressiveness. Civilizationed, in the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, involves violence, theft,
The character that I have chosen to critique for this assignment is “Simon” played by Michael T. Kachingwe. Simon was one of the three characters in the play titled “The Whipping Man” written by Matthew Lopez and directed by C. Julian White. The production of “The Whipping Man” took place in Cal Poly Pomona University Theater. The production of “The Whipping Man” that I witnessed occurred on March 3rd 2018.
The hardest part of my daily routine, was the time when I knew I needed to start my homework, but I really just wanted to keep watching shows on netflix. The only problem was the voice in my head that was always telling me “ Don’t worry about your homework just yet.” and “ But since this last episode ended on a cliffhanger, I have to watch the next one to see what happens.” Most of the time I was able to ignore this little voice and do what I know I had to do, but somedays it was harder. I decided to continue procrastinating for another episode. After, I stared at my backpack that lay across the room, I could hear it taunting me, almost laughing. As time dwindled by, I could feel the pressure of the undone homework
In the weeks following 9/11, George Bush made a series of encapsulating speeches directed towards U.S. officials as well as the American people. In these speeches, he makes several bold assertions. In addition to declaring a “war on terrorism” he proclaims the U.S. to be an international protector of freedom. This, as well as his declaration of terrorism as a tangible threat transforms the events of 9/11 into a war on terror. The way in which he constructs these speeches sets the stage for a war that will captivate the world for the foreseeable future. The objective of these speeches was to change the world politically, economically and socially, and they succeeded. By materializing this enemy known as “terrorism”, George Bush changed the world.
Feeling guilty shows a person’s awarness of social criticism which is related to social control. In the The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , individuals feeling guilty is a major component of society. During his trip on the Mississippi river, Huck thinks he is committing a sin by opposing society and defending Jim. On the river Huck meets some men searching for runaway slaves, Huck creates a story about his dad having smallpox on the raft. The men are scared of catching smallpox and give Huck money and instruct him not to let people know that his dad’s sick when searching for help. Once the men leave, Huck admits, "I knowed very well I had done wrong, and I see it waren't no use for me to try to learn to do right” (pg69). Society’s norms make
In “Repent, Harlequin! Said the Ticktockman,” Harlan Ellison depicts the differences between an authoritarian ruler and a constructive revolutionist in a dystopian society. The Ticktockman, who controls the timeframe of all civilians who prevail in the city, is challenged by the perilous and advancing viewpoints of an insurgent named the Harlequin. This character, identified as a revolutionary, attempts to transfigure the city towards freedom, yet struggles to overthrow the leader and thus conforms to the society enforced by the Ticktockman. Through his use of repetitive diction, allusions, characterization, organization, and syntax, Harlan Ellison conveys the inevitability of conforming to a society imposed by a powerful, authoritarian regime.
A Tale of Two Cities is largely comprised of ideas from the French Revolution and the challenges faced by the people involved in it. The French Revolution involves many uprisings by the lower class because of poor conditions and inequity among the people. Charles Dickens demonstrates this injustice through the peasants of St. Antoine and gives insight of their feelings and motives towards the aristocracy. In fact, the peasants use their motives to plan evil conspiracies as revenge for the aristocrats. Revenge always results in consequences such as death and destruction involving Foulon, the Marquis, and Madame Defarge.
A Tale of Two Cities, written by Charles Dickens, surrounds the cities of Paris and London during the late 1700’s. The novel takes place during the French Revolution, a period of social and political upheaval in France and England. While peasants died in the streets from hunger, aristocrats had more money and power than they knew what to do with. A Tale of Two Cities describes, in detail, the poverty of the time period, as well as the struggle of a people able to overcome oppression. The novel is largely based off of occurrences Dickens experienced during his childhood. Throughout the novel, the audience is able to infer what the author’s personal feeling towards the revolution is. This is shown through the personification of the guillotine, a tone of uncertainty, and use of violence through oppression. Therefore, the speaker is expressing his view on the revolution, while also predicting the resurrection of France.
The hip-hop song, Lost Ones by J. Cole was released in 2011. In today’s politics, the freedom for a woman to be able to choose abortion is a pretty big factor. The right for a woman to be able to choose whether she wants to carry out a pregnancy or not is very important, especially depending on the situation. In this song, J. Cole gives two very different perspectives in this song. I believe he was attempting to appeal to young people who get involved in relations too quickly and do not think about the possible outcomes or consequences. The strategies he uses to draw in the audience are appealing to emotions, using different points of view and picking such a strong social and political topic.
The short story “Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman”, written by Harlan Ellison, explores a futuristic society that’s governed by time. He states that “We no longer let time serve us, we serve time and we are slaves of the schedule, worshippers of the sun’s passing, bound into a life predictable on restrictions because the system will not function if we don’t keep the schedule tight” (Ellison 6). In today's society, everything people do is on a time schedule, such as, going to school, work, interviews, or events. Ellison explains how it's a communist society under the control of the Ticktockman, the society continue to extrapolate around time and people don’t have freewill to do whatever they want because they pressed against time.
Throughout this novel the author used satire elements to create an emotional response from the reader. By using these elements the foolishness of society with many of its individuals is revealed by irony, humor, and the exaggeration the author has placed to impact the reader of the reality of many of the circumstances in relation to the world. Judge Thatcher took the responsibility of handling all of Finn’s six thousand dollars to assure he wouldn’t spend it all. Finn’s dad is a drunk who only wants Finn under his custody to receive his money for alcohol. When he doesn’t find the money with Finn he charges at Judge Thatcher while he is drunk and threatens him to summit the money or else face the law.“ The Judge and the widow went to law to get to the court to take me away from him and let one of them be my guardian; but it was a new judge that has just come, and he didn’t know the old man; so he said to the courts mustn't interfere and separate families if they could help it; said he’d druther not to take a child away from its father.”(Twain 22) Under the law system the new judge gave Finn’s father the custody only for being his biological father however he didn’t
People often struggle to reconcile their consciences with societal expectations. Mark Twain follows this struggle in his fictional novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn through a bildungsroman of a young boy. Twain uses this innocent facade to hide a deeper criticism of society’s ideal of what is “sivilized” in order to rip away the mask of perfection and reveal humanity’s true flaws.
There is a distinguished balance in the relationship of women and men and it is visible in coexisting and procreating beyond themselves. In making decisions that are influenced by mistakes sometimes, one person gets the short end of the stick. In Hills Like White Elephants, the feminine role is displayed by a woman named Jig, whose feelings and thoughts get pushed aside to cater to the main male character’s wants and needs. In this case the “operation,” that cannot even be called by it’s true name or else the objective to persuade would not be met and ruin their lives. Masculine and feminine attributes have been visible in literature from the beginning of language, with the response of love and forcing one’s self to put aside: “me” for “you.” Jig is well aware of herself yet wants to keep her man so much that she is willing to hurt herself physically and mentally. It is normal for the woman of any story to have to listen and decide with the permission of the man, consequently not doing what she feels is right. The undefined pressure and inclusivity of men without women is an understood thank you for life, but “what I want is what it will be.” Women of all time can compare themselves to Ernest Hemingway’s writings and the way it is written is not shy of the rules that are still played by today. With prevalent changes such as women’s rights, and abortion rights there is still barrier of equality that makes for a familiar type of religion practiced by all humans. It is
While sitting in his jail cell after being arrested for constructing a nonviolent protest in Birmingham, civil rights activist Martin Luther King Junior writes a letter to the white clergymen who had critiqued his ways of protest. Throughout his letter, King addresses all the clergymen’s comments but one in particular seems strongly emphasized. This is the thought that King and his protests are extreme. Taken by that comment, King devotes a section of his letter to defend himself from that particular statement. Through metaphors, ironic statements, and parallel structure, King is able to convey to his fellow ministers that they are wrong for believing that any of his actions are violent or negatively extreme. Also, he