There was once a time where the rivers were venomous, the fields were poisonous, and even the air breathed by men, women, and children alike was toxic. This is a world that Rachel Carson, the famous and honored biologist, that wrote Silent Spring, lived in and envisioned as a world that could be saved. She immediately slams down on the national arena and alarmingly claims that the environment that humans thrive in is a world seeped with death and killing, and that the use of parathion (a type of pesticide) is the agent to blame. She targets farmers who she claims poison and kill creatures that they deem as pests to their crops, including insects and even birds. In the end, she mainly targets the “authoritarian” that was given the power to take such precious life while nobody was paying attention.
The Sin That Blinds to Selfishness “Slavery is theft – theft of life, theft of work, theft of any property or produce, theft even of the children a slave might have borne.” –Kevin Bales. This quote depicts the absolute thievery of slavery that was not only was practiced in the United States, but is still practiced today all around the world. Although slavery now has a common anger emotion associated with it, this was not so one hundred years ago. Throughout the years opinions and national laws have fluctuated in extremes over the concept of slavery, its consequences and its benefits. Arguments made towards slavery, whether for or against, have always sparked dispute and often caused social divides, as one can see through studying north and south American history.
An initial reading of “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair might appear to be literary fiction, further analysis suggest that it is primarily a work of propaganda. Sinclair uses the protagonist of the story, Jurgis Rudkus to show the difficulties the family went through. In “The Jungle” immigrants were not treated right and Sinclair exposes the human flaws of people to show how the lower class society was mistreated. The family experiences this when “Ona was sexually harassed” (chapter 15) by an upper class, puppet to the capitalist society, Conner. This disgusting man took advantage of a poor immigrant girl.
Psychotic Greed Throughout history, greed has been a prevalent factor in motivating humans to commit cruel crimes. Horrific events like the Holocaust, the Cultural Revolution, and The Trail of Tears all involved leaders who prioritized power, money, and land over basic human rights. This concept is further displayed in the James M. Cain 1935 classic noir novel Double Indemnity through the actions of the main character Phyllis Nirdlinger. Phyllis values materialistic items and money which causes her to murder ruthlessly. In Double Indemnity, Cain uses characterization of Phyllis Nirdlinger to convey how greed can be a motivator for inhumane actions in even those who appear to have compassion.
I had a look at two short stories; “The lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell, in “The Lottery” Jackson seems to use a live setting but in “The Most Dangerous Game” Connell uses fictional characters. I identified that both stories share a common theme of cruelty and violence. In “The Lottery” the towns’ people participate in a ritual that results to death of an unwilling person so as to satisfy their belief that by sacrificing one of their own will guarantee a plentiful harvest. In “The Most Dangerous Game” humans are hunted as mere animal so as to serve as prey and satisfy desire for a challenge. By comparing the two incidences, the element of violence and cruelty demonstrate the self-centeredness that abounds in each story with the taking of life for
Ngugi works are characterized by criticism against European unacceptable law and injustice. Petals of Blood revolve around ruthless capitalist and deals with issues like land, history, education and exploitation. Religion in both novels is used as a tool to enslave the mind and soul of natives. Ngugi in his works like The Trial of Dedan Kimathi, Petals of Blood, Detained and Matigari has focused on the plights of the oppressed because it is the fiction that could rouse the consciousness of the masses. Ngugi works for the change in society that kind of society which promotes unequal social order.
Introduction As long as through the workings of laws and customs there exists a damnation-by-society artificially creating hells[…], books of this kind may serve some purpose. (Hugo, 2013) Les Misérables created by the famous French writer Victor Hugo is a literary masterpiece which records a dark period of history in 19th century France, when people were suffering social, political and cultural unrest. It exposed the law system at that time becoming a tool of the ruling class to crush the people which upheld the so-called justice but led to the true social darkness. Other than a masterpiece of the Romantic Movement, or a magnificent piece of literature, Les Misérables was also a sword that Victor Hugo waved to puncture the illusion of the law system to reveal how ludicrous it was. The character Javert in Les
The term ‘Black Legend ' was coined by the Spanish historian Julián Juderían and expose this term in his book, La Leyenda Negra y la Verdad Historica (The Black Legend and the Historical Truth). ‘Black Legend’ is a term used by Juderían to indicate the accusation of several non-Spanish historians, most especially Protestant historians, to Spain and to the Spaniards as being cruel and intolerant to their colonies. In the Black Legend, a simplistic dichotomy is established between the “noble savages” whose childlike innocence is no match for the “predatory and genocidal” Spaniard (The Scoop on History pr. 2). However, the most damaging aspect of the claim is the level of hyperbole used in describing the natives and the Spaniards that leads to
Trafficking is always characterized by elements of exploitation through fraud, coercion and other illegal means. Human trafficking is a difficult to understand and complicated issue. It is not confined to a particular country or region but it has spread its roots more intensely in the third world countries especially in the subcontinent. However, if we talk about its connection in Pakistan it is quite distressingly connected with our society. In terms of definition, Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.
By crime and cunnings,in the name of the social injustice due to existing Darkness and Lightness divide in India, Balram rules his entrepreneurial world. The paper has identified a number of ways how the rich has been exploiting the poor have over centuries and how the basic needs of the poor have been ignored by the politicians in power. The novel provides samples of gross malpractices in Indian Democracy and society. It is a social criticism focusing on the poverty and misery of India, and its religio-socio-political conflicts, presented through humour and irony. This paper attempts to trace the great Darkness and Lightness divide manifested through The White Tiger, having dangerous consequences, if unresolved.