Chrysalids Critical Analysis Society has constructed many absurd theories and ideals, but none are as illogical as the concept of “ normal”. Somewhere along the line, humans began to conform to the theory of normality; its standards determined by the most prevalent characteristics that emerged within a given population. John Wyndham’s dystopian novel The Chrysalids exemplifies this theme through the character of David, who lives in an estate known as Waknuk, where differences generally lead to marginalization. Living in such an oppressive civilization has caused David, who possesses telepathic abilities, to feel like an outsider.
Punk has declined into a death crawl. Due to new technology and sound mixing, the influence of changing culture with more supportive ideas, waves of individuality causing drastic changes in popular style; the transition from pure vocal to electronic overlay, to the journey from child to teenager full of angst and depression, bitterness, and fight. The change from rage to disgruntled and fragile stability and not completely complacent, shows how little the original feelings of rage have changed even though the exterior shows only growing frustration. Emotions bleed through and prove the truth in their words. Themes of life turning to death, rotting in coffins, play out alongside upbeat tempos, yelling and wailing guitar, while the lyrics prove that songs that reference dying represent life the best.
The teenage years are often times of rebellion due to physical and emotional changes, adolescence feeling demented and overwhelmed, out of control forming rebellion in their lives. They rebel against both authority and convention, this is visible in Abdel-Fattah’s novel “Does My Head Look Big in This?” and in Hughes film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”. Both texts displaying a time of turmoil in adolescence, the rules they face and the characters’ struggles in dealing with them.
(Gangs) A deviant subculture is defined as a subculture, which has values and norms that differ substantially from the majority of people in society. When a neighborhood or community favors illegal activities, a criminal subculture is likely to develop such as gangs. Walter Miller states that deviant subcultures don’t arise from the inability of a community to achieve success, but because of a lower-class subculture whose values and norms are different from the rest of society. Subcultures can be a good thing, because they can provide a sense of belonging, interaction with people who have similar interests, and gives members the freedom to express individuality.
There were many rock bands that came before and after the Beatles. A Hard Day’s Night is a film that attempts to portray them as a unique and revolutionary band. It succeeds in this attempt as it shows the audience that a day in the life of the Beatles is something extraordinary, as one would expect of a rock band, yet it is also driven by simple desires and a bit of immaturity. That is what sets the Beatles apart from any other band at the time. This film uses comedy as one of its methods to exhibit the unique celebrity status of the band in multiple scenes.
Humans are social creatures who thrive upon other’s approval, crave love and community, and are driven by their emotions. Gangs are created to feed those urges; people find a community who accepts them, take control of their own future and find an identity for themselves. In the 1960s, the first gang emerged in LA. The gang comprised of young, African-American men, who felt they only had themselves to depend on.
Gang, a word carrying great fear, with no exact or universal definition, that carries similar visuals throughout the nation. The federal definition of the word “gang”, is an association of 3 or more persons that identify as a group and use a collective identity, such as tattoos, colors, symbols or personal styles, which create an aura of fear, with a purpose to engage in violent criminal activities. Membership guidelines & amenities vary by gang, but often they include: protection from other gangs and the general public, control of certain areas, defense of shared rival’s interest, and have a distinct structure. These gangs often meet on a regular basis to engage in criminal activity such as drug trafficking, terrorism, and organized crime(NIJ,
The novel “The Outsiders” by S.E Hinton focuses on the differences and similarities of social classes. The greasers, who are on the poorer side of town, and the socs, who live on the rich side of town, are constantly at war. Hinton focuses on a gang named The Curtis gang. This consists on Ponyboy Curtis, Sodapop Curtis, Darry Curtis who are all brothers and are under the care of eldest Darry. Also in the gang are Sodapop’s best friend Steve, Johnny who is Ponyboy’s best buddy, Two-Bit the wise cracker, and Dallas the dangerous one.
As John Stossel would say, “Wake up America!” Our rights are being taken from us every time we turn around and it’s up to us to realize this and make the change. People are becoming weak to words and just falling back with no fight, finding comfort in just conforming with the popular opinion. America’s youth is growing up in a completely controlled society with biased opinions and we need to wake up! Oversensitivity is a reoccurring problem with America today.