In a society controlled by fear and ignorance, citizens believe everything the government tells them because they do not know how to think. Many novels have a theme of government manipulation, especially in dystopian novels such as George Orwell’s 1984. In the novel, leaders clearly skew the information that they give to the public in order for them to be too ignorant to speak out. In 1984, the first sentence is especially unnerving because the government changes history and the symbols behind the number thirteen and the season of spring.
The cultural context tells the reader that the townspeople have a totalitarism government. This means that they have restrictions and no freedom. This type of government was also seen in Nazi, Germany. Shirley Jackson uses the story to convey how evil has been going on and no one has the courage to ask the question why, “The incident that is a random execution of a member of the community in what appears to be a barbaric primitive ritual grounded in tradition” (Shields). There is irony in this because it is opposite of what is expected.
In the futuristic book Fahrenheit 451 reality is turned upside down when heroes become villains. The world is blind to the evils that lay inside the government. The people who aren't are educated are hunted, and seen as insane. Morals will be put to the test, and although this book focuses on one man's journey through it all, it is very clear that the issues this fictional society faces could not be to far from issues what could happen in real life. Fahrenheit 451 is a direct representation of the theme man vs society and his journey to wake up the sleeping civilians of the United states.
Kurt Cobain said that “The duty of youth is the challenge corruption.” The main characters in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn written by Mark Twain and Into the Wild directed by Sean Penn challenge the corruption in humanity. In the novel and the film, the protagonists are used to show how corrupt society is in their want of materialistic items. There are three main ways which are that Huck gives away his money, Alex rejects the normal way of life, and they both choose to live alone away from the grasps of civilization.
The protagonist Holden Caulfield is liberated from his warped personality and finally begins to realize his aversion of the grown-up life that change is inevitable and always accompanied by a sense of loss. Not accepting the changes in the surroundings and his actions makes him immature and not a trusted narrator. Avoiding issues by not facing them in the first place makes him being followed by disappointment constantly. For instance, in the beginning of the book Caulfield mentions his own opinion on leaving places and we know that when he was thirteen years old his little brother died.
In George Orwell’s novel 1984, A theme of violation of human rights is thoroughly present, from violation of privacy, violation of the freedom of speech and religion, and the loss of humanity in general from the ever present form of Big Brother. As the villain of the novel, Big Brother- who represents the government -has absolute control over the citizens’ lives. While 1984 effectively conveys the dangers of a totalitarian government, Orwell’s predicted society is not present in today’s world. Comparatively speaking, the United States of America has more rights and freedoms than Orwell’s Oceania, but in some cases the rights of the citizens must be violated for safety reasons and other justifiable causes. Orwell’s novel 1984 paints a picture
The time machine correlates these features in their own unique way. In this novel rather than a controlling oppressive government occurring there is the big separation between two groups. As mentioned before there is the “hunted” and the “hunter” in this novel the hunter acts like controlling and oppressive government as they have the power over the others. Freethinking is also an aspect shown up in this novel in which the society isn’t as open to science. By being controlling about this people don’t have their own opinion on it and it just taken away from them.
In a dystopian society where the citizens are dehumanized, rebellion occurs because the people living in these rigid societies are denied dignity and freedom. Winston, the protagonist in George Orwell's 1984, lives in a dystopian society of repression, ruled by Big Brother. Unlike other characters in the story, Winston does not fall for the guise of Big Brother. Winston not only distrusts the tyrannical ways of Big Brother, he rebels and engages in illegal acts to gain his freedom.
Censorship of literature has always been a powerful means of manipulating society by limiting what the people are exposed to. This has been used as a way to suppress free thinking and new ideas, that could cause a shift in power in the society. The censorship of literature has been used by the powerful members of society forever, because of this societies fear the idea of their governments hiding information from the public. In Americus, a small town in Oklahoma is divided over a new teenager book series that some feel the series should be banned from the library. In contrast in Fahrenheit 451, a curious fireman indulges in a banded book, which enlightens him to a new outlook on life.
Burrough investigate about the use of censorship by the government and the their power over citizens which restricts individual’s freedom of thought. He states that the power the government gained through censoring certain materials is questionable and censorship is merely making people more sensitive towards censored materials. Burrough’s journal discusses censorship used by authorities relates to Fahrenheit 451 because the novel is based on a society where anything that might provoke one to question is censored: books are burned and the peculiar individuals are removed from the community. William Burrough studied English literature in Harvard University and he is famous as an essayist and novelist with famous work such as Naked Lunch. This
In Ayn Rand's story Anthem, the protagonist Equality 7-2521 has a power unlike no other within their collectivist society. One day when Equality was working as a street sweeper, he finds an old abandoned underground railroad tunnel from the Unmentionable Times long ago. This is where he conducts his experiments that fill him with pride and joy. Equality dreams how his new invention that he brought into existence can change the world, but helping mankind is not his true motivation behind his passion to create. Throughout the story, Equality's true motivation is him trying to find his inner self and his identity as an individual.
In the book Anthem, Ayn Rand uses diction, imagery, and syntax to create a confident tone in Equality 7-2521 to show how he is changing for the better. Equality learns that individuality is ok and states “ I am done with this creed of corruption,” to emphasize that he’s “done” with how the governing body brainwashed him and that he now has his own views on society (55). Equality thought all the things the governing body wanted him to think, but as he broke off he realized that none of it was true. He did not want to live by the standards of the governing body so he broke through the standards and started to individually listen to himself. Equality grew up with the impression of everyone should have the same thought but, the individuality