That Was Then, This Is Now by S.E. Hinton tells the story of two friends, Bryon and Mark, who are so close they are like brothers. As the book progresses, Bryon and Mark start to grow apart. Eventually, Bryon turns Mark in for selling drugs. Bryon did the right thing.
1. First degree murder- In most states, first-degree murder is defined as an unlawful killing that is both willful and premeditated. Which means it was planned to commit to killing of the victim(s) without disregard for human life. First degree murder is the number one most serious crime in the United States.
Motherland: A Genetic Journey, was a very interesting and educational film that explains how knowing about one’s genetic heritage may change an individual’s identity of themselves. In this presentation, three participants were interviewed: Mark, Jaqueline, and Beulah. Each of these three individuals explored through research and DNA testing, where their families’ lineage emerged from. My thoughts on Mark were shocking.
In Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, the author exemplifies that in order for a perfect society to exist, there must be no diversity within the population. In the beginning of the book, society is seemingly perfect because the main character -- Guy Montag -- is the same as all of the other citizens. Like all of the other citizens, Montag has the same “black hair, black brows” as every other firemen and only talks about “cars or clothes or swimming pools” (Bradbury 30 and 28). Since Montag is like all of the other citizens, he lives in a society that is seemingly perfect -- where all of the citizens are happy and the most the population is concerned with is what time their favorite program is on the wall(s). Even though there is a war going on,
Ten Canoes is a movie about the lives of Aboriginal tribesmen. It was made in 2006, and was mostly an independent film project directed and written by Rolf de Heer. This film is interesting for a few reasons, mainly how it incorporates two different narratives. The movie opens with a narration from David Gulpilil, a present-day aboriginal.
The events in Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi display the impact of the Reestablishment on the society living around it. The Reestablishment impacted the society by controlling them but their fear and. Some themes in Shatter Me are bravery, selflessness, and determination. Juliette is the protagonist who had the ability to touch people and kill them, this was an internal conflict for her.
In the novel Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury shows examples of several philosophies. Bradbury writes examples of Utilitarianism, Conformism, and Leaderless Resistance. These ideas are conveyed thoroughly in the novel and have prominent examples. By understanding these philosophies, the audience can comprehend the book on a deeper level. Utilitarianism-
“The Pedestrian” by Ray Bradbury is based around a man named Leonard Mead, who views the world differently than the rest of his community. Bradbury expresses Leonard's non-conformity by providing a juxtaposition between Leonard and the rest of his community. Leonard’s community is composed of monotonous individuals who own dimly lit houses with viewing screens which they are always watching during night hours. Towards the end of the story, Bradbury describes a police car with the now captive Leonard passing several alike houses before advancing to a brightly lit house, Leonard’s. Leonard’s house is symbolism for his idiomatic lifestyle because while his community watches TV, he walks the sidewalk with no others outside during night hours.
A dystopian society is a dysfunctional society that is marketed to its citizens as a utopian society. It includes elements such as a lack/ downplay of religion or one government sanctioned religion that everyone must follow. The government either uses force and or fear to control its population. There is a suppression of freedom of speech and a suppression of intellectualism. In this society, there is a protagonist who rebels against the status quo.
Both societies were ruled by a dictator that took away their freedom. Unfortunately a society that is seeking perfection usually becomes a dystopian society. A dystopian society is a society that is dehumanizing and as unpleasant as possible. Harrison Beregeron’s world and N. Korea both shared these traits. Both societies were ruled by a dictator that took away their freedom.