Equality is what most people strive for in their lives. Like “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” humans are constantly searching for the “just right” idea. However, hopefully we understand that there are flaws in society so it can never be ‘just right’ or completely equal. Both authors of dystopian stories, such as Ayn Rand, author of the novella Anthem, and Kurt Vonnegut, author of the short story“Harrison Bergeron”, display what total equality is and its consequences in a dystopian society. These stories explain thoroughly how the idea of equality is naturally impossible and how corruption will always exist.
Of all of the aspects mentioned earlier, the best and most interesting would be the symbolic aspect, which is brilliantly showcased throughout the novel. In Lord of the Flies, the characters possess distinguishable traits that define and symbolize every boy (Li & Wu, 2009, p.119). For example, Golding portrays that men are inherently evil, and Jack helps in proving that description. Jack symbolizes savagery and, throughout the novel, is described to be angry and in need of blood (Li & Wu, 2009, p.119). Contrarily, since the novel is only male based, this urges us to think about the opposing point of view where “Lord of the Flies” only consisted of female characters.
The cyclops Polyphemus effectively sets up the entire plot of Homer’s Odyssey, unleashing Poseidon’s wrath on Odysseus and consequently emerging as one of his most formidable rivals. Despite being perceived by Odysseus as an uncivilized savage and the polar opposite of a Greek citizen, it becomes evident that although the two are opposed in terms of customs, they fundamentally resemble one another when analyzed through the lens of xenia, rendering Odysseus’ worldview xenophobic. Thus, the Polyphemus episode turns into a powerful allegory for how the West has traditionally viewed people from foreign cultures that they sought to subjugate. Odysseus regards Polyphemus as inferior because of behavior that he sees as uncivilized when compared to
Nietzsche’s exposition of The Will to Power and Superman Substantiate that a man should strive for the higher self and find the essence of existence without merging it with moral values. The protagonists of Crime and Punishment (1866) and The White Tiger (2008) represent Nietzsche’s Ubermensch. The most striking similarity between Raskolnikov and Balram is their idea of the extraordinary man, the over human. Both committed crime as a means towards becoming Superman. Both characters’ ‘sense of self’ begs comparison between them.
English Literature Ms. Jackson The tragedy of right vs. right in the play “Antigone” In the play “Antigone” by Sophocles both Creon and Antigone are equally justified in their actions, however because they place different values first (Creon with law, and Antigone with emotion), conflict is created between them, creating a tragedy of right vs. right rather than right vs. wrong. The idea that neither of the main characters are going directly against each other proves this play is a tragedy of right vs. right. Creon himself says “Anarchy- Show me a greater crime in all the earth. She, she destroys cities, rips up houses, breaks the ranks of spearmen into headlong routs.” This quote shows how Creon does not see Antigone herself as the enemy,
As Emily Sanders said in her essay, “No End in Sight: The Anti-Hero and the Futility of War in Joseph Heller’s Catch-22”, Yossarian’s character allows the author to create a satirical work to expose problems in society, especially those around humanity’s response to war. Through him, Heller satirizes the commonly held view of a hero and illustrates the futility of war. (#1) Yossarian does change throughout the novel and shows us his own type of heroic
Golding tries to explain the theme that it is human nature to discard all senses of peaceful civilization for savage beastiality. Using suggestive symbolism, creative characters, and complex conflict, William Golding manages to develop the theme throughout the novel. Primarily, by applying remarkable symbolism, the theme
Both pieces of literature present how both writers view the breakdown of morality through the breakdown of civil behaviour. Shakespeare and Golding present Jack and Macbeth as very complex characters, both presented as ‘eccentric’ and ‘heroic’ personalities. In both texts the characters are introduced in contrast to their surroundings. In Lord of the flies, the character Jack is first introduced to the reader in complete contrast to the setting. The setting is presented as ‘beautiful’ and ‘flawless’ whilst on the other hand Jack is presented as “something dark fumbling along”.
According to Thomas Jefferson, “What is true of every member of the society, individually, is true of them all collectively; since the rights of the whole can be no more than the sum of the rights of the individuals.” Society’s unfairness has been fiercely discussed. The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson and The Most Dangerous Game, by Richard Connell both demonstrated the unfairness of society. There are some similarities and differences with the plot, conflict and the theme which are the three major elements in a story. Theme is the underlying message of a story. In the text, The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson, the theme is blindly following tradition.
The portrayal of character self-discoveries and the exploration of unknown aspects of humanity within literature reveal not only the intricacies of human nature, but trigger within the audience a newfound understanding of the complexity of the human experience. Shakespeare, throughout “The Tempest” utilises the dichotomous character of Prospero to exemplify the dual nature of mankind, challenging the explicit polarisation between good and evil amongst humanity. The juxtaposition between Prospero’s cruel, commanding persona, as expressed through the vicious threats of “I’ll rack thee with old cramps, fill all thy bones with aches” as opposed to his loving protective treatment of his daughter who he fondly refers to as “cherubim” accentuates
Society itself is working in contradiction to the protagonist’s aims and aspirations. The responder can develop a superior knowledge of dystopian societies through the comparison of Victor Kelleher’s novel ‘Taronga’ and Neil burgers Film ‘Divergent’, as both can be perceived as instable tales. This reveals the destruction of society’s values by one individual; they are compelled to confront the brutality, fear, and misuse of power that results.
There are many reasons listed in the document that explain why the King is doing a terrible job and should be no part of the colonies. The reasons use a variety of literary devices and parallelism. Also in the introduction contains the philosophy upon which the declaration is based. This philosophy is that “All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights” and that the reason for instituting these governments is to ensure these rights. When the government tries to remove the rights from the people, the governed people should have the right to rebel.