The movie The Matrix has many similar themes and differences to “The Allegory of the Cave”. The Matrix is about a man named Neo, he believes that he’s a normal man with a normal life but then he is contacted by a man named Morpheus. Morpheus exposes Neo to the truth that his world, where he is just regular Tom Anderson is made up. The Matrix , was created by sentient machines that subdue the human population, while their bodies ' heat and electrical activity are used as an energy source. Neo is reluctant to accept this truth that his old world, the matrix it is called, does not really exist. This relates to the “The Allegory of the Cave”, because Neo lived in ignorance his whole life not knowing his reality was not the only one.
“If life is a process of choices... to make choice a dozen times a day is to move a dozen times a day toward self-actualization... because self-actualization is an ongoing process” (111) these are the words of Abraham Maslow an American psychologist. In the story “Sonny’s blue” narrator was born in the street of Harlem, a worst place for any children to grow up. Only a person who escaped from Harlem knows, it is a hell in earth, where little boys used to steal from stores and young people became addicted to drugs. Throughout the story, narrator was living in pain only because he was too afraid to choose anything. But Sonny, younger brother of him was very close to self- actualization. From his childhood, Sonny never fought with father, never
The nineteenth century was a breeding ground for many literary movements, including realism, romanticism and naturalism. Realism consists of literature that is consistent, predictable, and sticks to the “simple truth” of how regular people live and talk. Romanticism is literature that contains things of intellect, strangeness and remoteness and tries to make the familiar unfamiliar. Finally, naturalism is literature that has regular people in extraordinary circumstances; the hero is at the mercy of larger social and natural forces, which are cruelly indifferent; traces of social Darwinism can be found in the literature and there is generally a brutal struggle for survival. Realism can be seen in The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman,
While reading the book Farenheit-451 we discovered that Bradbury seemed to have for-shadowed certain aspects of the future. During the book the reader may notice that bradbury hits at certain topics, such as overdose and the quality of life, and conformity along with being careful when speaking to someone. Which is why Farenheit-451 has a powerful message for readers in our world today.
Addicts often rely on their habits in order to give them a sense of control over their lives, but are frequently met with the opposite. Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 is one set in a futuristic society in which books are outlawed. This single law has set off a spiral of negative effects on the citizens of the city. One of these effects includes recurrent cases of addiction and control by the government through dependencies such as drugs, technology, and sadistic tendencies, and these obsessions aren’t too far from today’s reality.
People on medications who suffer from mental illness may not feel like themselves, so many people fear of losing their selves. Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes unusual and extreme shifts in a person’s functioning, mood and behavior further conveyed through erratic mood swings. However, the symptoms delusions of grandeur, and racing thoughts get in the way. It’s very important to be understood when dealing with a mental illness, furthermore remember to work out the manic episodes. The author, Adam Haslett, addresses a daily issue battling a disorder in the story “Notes to My Biographer”. A father, suffering from manic depression, pays a visit to his son, to whom he hasn't spoken in four years. The story Notes to My Biographer,
Psychologist William Richards has been carrying research into the potential for psychedelic drugs to be used therapeutically, and his findings have promising results when treating anxiety, PTSD, and addiction. His speciality is the psychology of mysticism and religion, and the application of therapy involves preparing patients for a high dose of psilocybin, guiding them as they have a “really transformative experience,” and then helping them integrate that into their lives. Richards and his colleagues have repeated their results so reliably that they can induce specific experiences with certain doses and stimuli, and they claim to have empirically proven Jung’s theory of the collective unconscious. Because psychedelics are classified as schedule I
When looking at a scholarly journal or other form of report pertaining to controlled substances, the theme is usually pretty clear; “drugs are bad, people that do drugs are bad, and it’s only getting worse.” Moore challenges this theme by breaking the mold in his article, “The Other Opioid Crisis” by implementing several rhetorical devices to add a more human aspect to the not so black-and-white issue.
In 1967, Jerry Sandusky was hired as the assistant coach under Joe Paterno at Pennsylvania State University. Throughout his career Jerry Sandusky was, according to Crandall, Parnell, & Spillan, 2014), described as a respected football coach and the founder of a charitable organization, The Second Mile, for disadvantaged youth. “Initially founded by Sandusky in 1977 as a group foster home for troubled boys, but grew into a non-profit organization that helps young people to achieve their potential as individuals and community members” (CNN, 2017). Little did the public know, Sandusky was a child molester, however, he was not undercover to some of the people, as we call them, the big wigs. “In fact, people know about Jerry
The pursuit of happiness is defined as “the fundamental right mentioned in the Declaration of Independence to freely pursue joy and live life in a way that makes you happy.” The ability to find happiness is a right guaranteed to all citizens in the United States, yet many countries do not possess the same rights as America and instead are plagued by corruption. Procuring contentment is a difficult journey for all people, but those who do not have access to knowledge will find it to be a much more daunting task. In Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Montag’s struggle to find joy under an oppressive regime required him to challenge his knowledge in a way he never truly had before. Happiness is analyzed constantly in the real world as well, and the philosophers and scientists who study it consistently link it to knowledge, as shown in the articles by Main, Socrates and in the article about Individualism. By gaining knowledge, a person can find a true sense of happiness due to the fact that contentment is found through intellectual freedom, the capacity to view the world on a deeper level, and the ability to make empowered choices.
When looking at these stories and how they compare, we must take a look at what the author had in mind when writing. The author needs to take in consideration which character will be the protagonist and if that character will be significant in the story. Which qualities and attributes will each character have and what role will he/she play. With all this being said, this leads to the author creating the characters in a dynamic characterization. The main characters in these stories change after realizing and opening their eyes to reality.
The Yellow Wallpaper is a semi-autobiographical short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Before proceeding directly to the analysis of this short story, it is important to understand the writer herself. Gilman used her personal struggle with postpartum depression, to create a powerful fictional story, which has wide subtext for women. When the narrator admits that there is more than one captured crawling woman Gilman points out that the meaning of her story goes beyond the isolated, individual situation. The main goal of writing this story is to rescue the women from further suffering under “rest cure” and to condemn the oppression of women, which was usual for the twentieth century. The most prominent technical and stylistic feature of the
It is known that doctors should not treat their own family members. Physicians are now being taught that they should have a doctor-patient relationship so they can be professional. There are many doctors who treat their family thinking that they are protecting them, but instead they sometimes harm them more than actually helping them. Being treated by a family member can tear a family apart and can cause many problems to arise. The need of wanting to make them feel better can cause malpractices, and a doctor can lose their medical license for not treating the patient right. As a doctor, treating a family can be overwhelming. Nobody likes to see their loved ones suffer and there can be an impotence of wanting to see and make them feel better. Her diary, how she was locked away, and her hallucinations developed the theme of her freedom being restricted in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper.”
Existentialists forcefully believe that one defines their own meaning in life, and that by lack of there being an upper power one must espouse their own existence in order to contradict this essence of ‘nothing-ness’. Absurdist fiction is a genre of literature which concerns characters performing seemingly meaningless actions and experiences due to no found meaning or purpose in their lives, and this prospect of uncertainty is key in both plays Waiting for Godot as well as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Writers Samuel Beckett and Edward Albee use different perspectives on truth and illusion in order to communicate a message to their audience and to make them question the society in which they live in.