One specific theme he goes into is wealth. The lack of wealth, the power of it, and most importantly the unequal distribution of wealth in our society. Vonnegut depicts a political view by showing the United States amendments and physical handicaps in his work adding new ones to get his point across. He also uses symbolism to his advantage in his work by connecting it with advancements. Theme is a part played when he’s showing how equality is forced on the citizens, making it mandatory among all.
It is based on the principle of equality of all citizens and on the power to the people, but these principles are not completely fair with respect to the citizens, and more importantly, they do not work in developed societies. Equality of all is magnificent in principle; nonetheless, it would not be fair, since it does not take into account the principle of meritocracy. Under Marx’s communism, people will not be rewarded for their merits, but everyone will have the same opportunities and enjoy the same benefits. The equality of opportunities that Marx suggests is moral since everyone should have the same opportunities to receive a good quality education, to be able to apply for a good job and receive adequate health care. However, in certain fields as labor, people should be able to succeed thanks to merit, not thanks to equality or recommendations.
Using words such as “abusing,” “violated,” and “oppressed” appeals to the audience that leaders of the free world should support them in their independence. On the other hand, with a candid, authoritative, condescending tone, Thoreau illustrates that the United States has committed to being an unjust government because of slavery and aggressive war tactics described in Civil Disobedience. He declares concise, direct states such as “...But at once a better government” declaring his authority for the immediate request for the government to improve. In Self Reliance, Emerson makes his proposition with blunt views on imitation and dependence such as, “...imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion.” With these views, he is able to convey to the audience to “work with what they’ve got” rather than be reliant on others to have uniqueness. To appeal to the audience, Emerson changes his tone to more zealous to feed on the emotion of the reader.
This notion of equality appropriates the language of America’s founders, but it nevertheless strikes at the heart of the founders’ understanding of equality, which was based on equality of rights. For the founders understood that equality of outcome is impossible and undesirable, given the different abilities with which each person is born. Global inequality is getting worse. Inequality will not disappear overtime, and on the other hand it all depends on the balance of political power in the global economy. As long as a few wealthier countries have the power to set the rules to their own advantage, inequality will continue to worsen.
Thomas Paine confirms this in his counterpoint to England giving protection to America: "That she hath engrossed us is true, and defended the continent at our expense as well as her own, is admitted; and she would have defended Turkey from the same motive, viz., for the sake of trade and dominion" (326). In other words, England protects America for the purely selfish reason of money. The English monarchy does not care about the people: America is a business investment and it will be treated as such. A similar sentiment from England 's perspective is expressed in "You 'll Be Back" when King George sings, "The price of
Payne Vogtman Mrs. Busick English 9 Honors 11 September 2015 1 The Inequalities of Mass Equality Why does everyone want to be equal? Humans in general yearn to be equal to their neighbor; this is a basic instinctual feeling. However, the majority of society never considers the reality of a world in which everyone is completely and entirely equal. Society at the time influenced Kurt Vonnegut to think about the most functional society possible. The characters in his “Harrison Bergeron” are all symbols for people or groups of people that can be identified around the 1960s.
Hughes, unlike his patriotic counterparts, comments on America’s faults; inequality and racism, a devil of a capitalistic economy, and the restriction of freedom, but provides some hope of rectifying them. The so-called “home of the brave” and “land of the free” is not all that it’s hyped to be, America, just like any other nation, has blemishes.
America glorifies the wholesome business-oriented, white identity which directly contrasts the reality of immigrants today. America’s aversion to anyone who differs from this ideal has sparked the intense nativism that denies immigrants opportunities that the American Dream is a symbol of. If the American Dream means that everyone has an equal chance in the United States, then it can no longer exist if not everyone is allowed into the United States. Unfairly limiting a single group’s opportunity for success is antithetical to what the American Dream
The character is displayed to be arrogant and his character, once revealed as an CIA agent, shows that he is there to clean up the mess Europe had made by getting more funds from the United States . The filmmakers, rather than perpetuating myths about the war, presented the truth about the war through the plot of the film. The Quiet American, attempts to illustrate a plot that shows the true roles of each involved nation, breaking away from what past films attempted to
The point is simple and obvious enough, but the American writer, responding to a sense of the fatality of society, wanted to write about society itself, the whole complex structure of relationships rather than about a single human being, a hero had no developed tradition at hand to assist him in the technical problem of organizing his fiction. Dos Passos’s attack on the power and corruption of business is essentially based on moral indignation. It is his whole presentation of American society in U.S.A. His rationale may have been economic and political. His impetus, however closely identified with the rationale, was moral and