Throughout Anthem, Equality in the beginning fears of being the different one. In society it was so wrong to be different. To Equality and everyone else it was a curse. It was a curse to 6 feet tall. It was a curse to be smarter than everyone else (Anthem).
Did you know dystopia comes from the word utopia? The word dystopia comes from adding the Latin prefix “dys” which means bad. Dystopia is the complete opposite of a utopia. In dystopian societies, Dystopia represents a created world or society that lives under the rule of a stern and demanding government. Dystopias usually abuse a certain theme such as collectivism, communism, or individualism, socialism etc.
“If there is a way to do it better…Find it” (Thomas A. Edison). Certain humans in the world are born with the trait of resilience, a trait seen in Anthem’s main Equality 7-2521 and Thomas Edison, the talent to leap back after an obstacle falls in the way. Thomas Edison failed thousands of times trying to create the modern day light bulb. During his creation people scrutinized him, and when he failed told him that he was uneducated. “This was the only thing which moved, for the lips of the oldest did not move as they said: “Street Sweeper.”(1.29).
Unlike during the Unmentionable Times, when men created “towers [that] rose to the sky,” it is an affliction to be born with powerful intellectual capacity and ambition in Ayn Rand’s apocalyptic, nameless society in Anthem. Collectivism is ostensibly the moral guidepost for humanity, and any perceived threat to the inflexible, authoritarian regime is met with severe punishment. The attack on mankind’s free will and reason is most evident in the cold marble engraving in the Palace of the World Council: “We are one in all and all in one. There are no men but only the great WE, One, indivisible and forever” (6). Societal norms force homogeneity and sacrifice among all people.
"Harrison Bergeron", a short story written by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., tells the story about a society that has finally reached true equality; Everyone is on the same intellectual level. In order to ensure that people do not exceed a certain mental capacity, advanced members of society are given devices designed with the sole purpose of distracting them. The government makes sure that they cannot gain a mental advantage. In the beginning of the story, we learn that Hazel Bergeron 's fourteen year-old son, Harrison, was taken away by the government. "It was tragic, all right, but George and Hazel couldn 't think about it very hard."
Have you ever wondered what started school integration? Imagine having to be bullied only because of your skin color. Not being able to get an education just because you're a different race than everybody else. Desegregation was very hard subject for americans in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Fortunately, there were people willing to fight about this.
I feel the story, "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" relates to modern day in the form of the military. I touched on it in my discussion post. I related to the child in the story that is locked in the basement to the men and women who serve in the arm forces today. The military makes sacrifices for the people of the United States on a daily basis. I have friends who are in Afghanistan right now and other places overseas fighting for our country.
“Harrison Bergeron“ by Kurt Vonnegut and the movie 2081 is directed by Chandler Tuttle. The theme of this story is that no one should be forced to be equal, since everyone is their own special person. The story describes George and Hazel Bergeron who both have different living perspectives. In the life of 2081 everyone is expected to be equal, because of this way of living George’s intelligence makes him differ from everyone else which is weighed down by earpieces that vibrate a sound. This earpiece transmitter distracts George from any thoughts that make him learn more or feel smarter.
Mary Mcaleese, one of the former presidents of Ireland, works as a current affairs journalist who truly researches her topic. In fact, she once spent a day in a wheelchair in Dublin, one of the most unfriendly wheelchair cities in the world. She once said, “people with disabilities have abilities too” (Mcaleese). Many people throughout the world develop stereotypes, and those who have disabilities make up a great number of these stereotypes. These people need to understand that their body has limits, but their mind does not.