Fear is a psychological and physiological response to distressing or dangerous circumstances. Fears are often rational – the fear of death, for example, or of harm to oneself of those one cares about. Some fears are more irrational, such as phobias of certain animals or things not causing immediate danger. In any case, fear is a powerful response and causes someone to be weaker and more submissive. 1984 by George Orwell illustrates how fear, a natural human experience, can be used as a means for a person’s submission to authority, In the novel, Winston Smith, the protagonist, is a working-class citizen in a futuristic, dystopian London. He is constantly monitored by and expected to have total loyalty to a totalitarian government simply called
Sometimes people experience different feelings or different emotions throughout their lifetime. But there is one emotion of them all that people want to avoid which is called fear. Fear can cause people to act dangerously and differently, in which Orson Scott Card clearly expresses this in his science fiction novel Ender’s Game. The novel reveals how fear can influence a society by forcing people to give up their basic rights and exploit others.
(Bernall 17). Crystal’s anecdote instills fear into the audience by giving them insight of what it feels like to witness a school shooting. Crystal explains how at first, students could not even believe the reality of the shooting, claiming it to be a “joke”. However, Crystal shows how reality hit them hard as they ducked for their lives. This utilization of fear tactics benefits the audience as it teaches them to be more cautious of their lives; tragic events such as this one could happen at any given moment.
Fear in the novel is shown through the fear of the unknown in the society of Waknuk.r. The people of Waknuk fear what is unknown and what is different. They follow their religion through fear, and they fear the power that surrounds them. In the novel the Chrysalids, the theme of fear is evidently shown through the fear of the unknown in
What are the different manifestations of fear that are portrayed in The Crucible and in Lord of the Flies? In Lord of the Flies, a novel by William Golding and in The Crucible, a play by Arthur Miller, both of the authors constantly illustrate “fear.” The authors portray how humans tend to do all kinds of appalling things, how the selfish nature of humans uncovers, and how someone’s fear can
That last example of fear compelling us to agree to something we normally wouldn’t agree to is back to the show Supergirl. In this part of the story, the aliens have mind controlled everyone in the city except Supergirl, Max Lord, the smartest man in the city, and Cat Grant, the most powerful person in the city. They are of course afraid for the world and humanity. Max explains his plan, “ I was working on a weapon to use against the Kryptonians...all kryptonians….a bomb.
Bosses at work, teachers, coaches, parents, and bullies are some examples of people that use fear to control others. It is important to be aware of because parents, teachers, and coaches may do it to teach right from wrong. However, a bully will do it maliciously. Fear is used to control the characters in the book The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. Cormier uses a teacher and a group leader to show how fear is used to control other people.
Le Guin takes this a step further when she “reinterprets [the essential truths] to reflect our contemporary world” (Rochelle). The major flaw is that there are problems that remain unaddressed, simply because one fails to think about them. Le Guin uses Omelas as a warning to readers, imploring that they search for the flaws in their own society. As a result, the reader is forced to see the flaws of Omelas’ social and political structure. Shaky societal structures, such as Omelas’, are a key element in dystopian elements.
Fear is used a lot in The Crucible, like for example when goody Proctor has to say why she fired Abigail and she said that “Abigail was no use to me” and that she thought that her husband was going to leave her Fear is different for different people, what do the individual characters in the play fear, and how does that drive their action? Well I think that every character in the movie experience fear at least ones in book,
In many dystopian compositions, the characters In The Giver by Lois Lowry, Jonas, the receiver of memory chooses to return all the memories back to his communities so that they could have a life with emotions, color, and diversity. In The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street by Rod Serling, members of the street were being very paranoid because some aliens came to their community to raid them. They had played with the neighbors, which lead to false accusations on each other. Jonas and the residents of the community show paranoia because they were second guessing their peers, they were hoping that no false accusations happen on them, and also because they want to protect themselves and their loved ones so that nothing bad happens to them.
Societies are built to be a safe, welcoming and an accepting environment, but sometimes end up to be harsh, cruel and irrational places. In John Wyndham’s novel, The Chrysalids, we are introduced to a world we can never imagine being, yet we live in a world that is actually not very different. David Strorm lives in post-apocalyptic world as a telepathic who is regarded as a mutant and goes on a tough journey with his cousin Rosalind to escape from their non-accepting community. The Waknuk society is indeed very similar to our world considering that today’s society also fears things they do not know about, do not always accept differences and has major issues with dealing with sexism. By comparing Waknuk to our world, the similarities
Fear is the worst feeling to have, but fear also creates suspense because some people are not themselves when they are afraid. In the story "Refresh,Refresh" by Benjamin Percy two boys turn into a new person when their fathers leave for the army. The boys became very violent someone completely different from who they were before their dad left for the army, "before he could even speak, I brought my fist to his diaphragm, knocking the breath from, his body." (5). The boys in "Refresh, Refresh" were so afraid of what Dave was about to say that they acted out of fear and started to beat Dave up.
Humans hate feeling powerless and vulnerable. We discover this in the film “X-men” and in the book “The Chrysalids” in which humans reject the thought of mutants, or deviations and instead believe that they can remove them. This causes conflict throughout both novels. The movie the “X-Men” and the book “The Chrysalids” are both set in a post nuclear disaster, where the characters are telepathic, the authors/directors incorporate symbolism to demonstrate power and prejudice, that mirrors our own world today.
The boy crawls to a huge cauldron of soup with little caution since he has a goal to achieve, satisfying his hunger. “Fear was greater than hunger… Either out of weakness or out of fear, he remained there, undoubtedly to muster his strength” (Wiesel 59). This shows how desperate you can be when someone faces their fear to live. Hundreds of men stared at the cauldron of soup not daring to eat a drop since they knew that there would be a consequence of them being killed.
The story states that to achieve mental and physical equality among all Americans, the government in the story tortures its citizens, which makes the situation not so ideal. It states that ‘the most beautiful people must wear hideous masks….the most graceful and strong must wear weights…he most intelligent beings must listen to earsplitting noises.’ These sentences inform the reader about how this dystopian world works, and how it is not a fun society to live in. In addition to this, the author writes about how the government system has affected one of the main characters. This impacts the story as the reader is constantly reminded of the negatives about this dystopian world.