You wouldn’t like that, would you?” Hazel responds negatively. This revulsion against competition may be the driving force of the everlasting dormancy in this society. Competition has always been what drives people to improve on themselves, and in turn improve the life of others. Eliminating competition isn't making everybody equal, it is force-feeding false equality at the cost of
In “Harrison Bergeron”, the characters are fearful and oppressed by the conditions of their lives. George Bergeron is smarter than average, therefore he has to wear a radio in his ear to scatter his thoughts once they became too in depth or too different (Par 3). The intense noises can get so severe that they leave George in a trembling mess without any remembrance of what he was thinking about before (Par 21). Everyone’s talents are oppressed by their handicaps. For instance, the ballerinas on the TV are weighed down with “sashweights and bags of birdshot” so they would be just as talented as the rest, or not pleasant at all (Par 10).
No one is smarter, prettier, stronger, they are only average, and “equal before God and the law, they were equal every which way” (Gioia 232). Which severely handicaps its constituents to the point of just being average at the cost of individualism. Throughout
If someone has not suffered a similar inner turmoil, it would be easy for them to misunderstand his actions and assume that he was just an uneducated, crazy man. Chris McCandless despised the phoniness of the world around him and wanted to escape it by engaging in a, “climactic battle to kill the false being within and victoriously conclude the spiritual revolution” (pg. 112). These thoughts are similar to those experienced by people who struggle with depression. Chris McCandless felt that he was living in a world full of superficial beings whose only concern was what other people thought of them. His solution was to journey into the wild where he would, “no longer answer to Chris McCandless he was now Alexander Supertramp, master of his own destiny” (pg. 18).
Payne Vogtman Mrs. Busick English 9 Honors 11 September 2015 1 The Inequalities of Mass Equality Why does everyone want to be equal? Humans in general yearn to be equal to their neighbor; this is a basic instinctual feeling. However, the majority of society never considers the reality of a world in which everyone is completely and entirely equal. Society at the time influenced Kurt Vonnegut to think about the most functional society possible.
Lastly, he thought that he was doing a favor for the country. He did not love the “forced Union” and thought that by killing Lincoln, he would be doing well for the country. In his last diary entry, he wrote, “This forced Union is not what I have loved. I care not what becomes of me.” What he meant was that he did not care what would happen to him.
“She didn't believe Matt because he was only a ‘disgusting clone.’ A dull rage at the unfairness swept at him” (105). Matt always thought that the fact he was discriminated against because he was a clone was unfair. However, he would often call himself a filthy clone and wave his status in María’s face. Compare this to later in the story, “‘Once you’re in control, you’ll destroy the opium empire and tear down the barrier.’
When two people realized their strengths and tried to rebel, the Handicapper General came in with a double-barreled shotgun and shot both them both, warning the rest of the people that if they follow in their path they will end up dead just like the two who realized they were worth so much more. By the way that Kurt Vonnegut describes the government forcing equality on the people and the irony of the people not actually meeting the equality, one can see the mockery of a communist
Have you ever told yourself “I want to be famous one day?” There are many pros and cons to being famous. I have heard many people say they would like to be famous, but in reality being famous would make life a little more complicated in my opinion. Football Hero is a story that teaches a valuable lesson that is true for even a modern teen: being famous is not a perfect life.
Max almost immediately announces why they were searching for Ole Anderson, he states “We’re going to kill Swede. Do you know big Swede named Ole Anderson?” Add dialogue and language: Maybe Irony: In conclusion The short story “The killers” sets the tone for multiple elements and themes such as masculinity, coming of age, chaos, and crime.
The United States government was born in a time of major oppression and turmoil. The founding fathers set out to create a government in which everyone could prosper and grow. In order to do that people had to be allowed to learn and grow, and science had to be funded. One of the major scientific findings of the mid twentieth century was MK ULTRA, an umbrella term for numerous studies of drugs, mental degradation, and mind control. MK ULTRA often considered a black mark on the reputation of the CIA was actually a positive operation because it kept LSD away from our enemies, furthered the important research that would 've been otherwise lost to history, and taught the government that mind control doesn 't work.
Alexander demanded that people blend cultures against their will, punished civilizations that refused to surrender and tricked people into thinking that he cared about his army. Some say he was involved in his own father’s death because Alexander wanted the crown. He did horrific things in order to succeed earning him the common title “Alexander the Great.” People would stop calling him by this false name if they knew the real roots of Alexander’s story. All in all, some people might think that Alexander was a great leader, but his greatness is actually a
Guns, Germs, and Steel were the main cause of the fall of the Inca Empire. The fall was caused because of Francisco Pizarro whose army was small but way more high tech then the Incas. The Incas thought they could never be defeated but Pizarro lead to their defeat because of guns, germs, and steel. The Inca empire was defeated because of guns. Pizarro had guns that weren’t very accurate but scared the Incas away because of their loud booms, This made the Incas run and try to escape but they couldn’t and lots of Incas died.
Equality is without question, the overall theme in the “Harrison Bergeron” short story. According to the first paragraph, 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments were made to the American constitution, supposedly allowing for everyone to be “equal in every which way.” Aided by twisted methodology, anyone who was physically or mentally adept whatsoever was equipped with a series of “handicaps.” Ranging from in-ear radios tuned to government stations which send piercing sounds at coordinated times, to sash weights and bags of birdshot purposefully strapped around people’s necks, everyone with a natural advantage ended up being brought down to the level of those who were naturally weaker. So much as being good looking or having a nice voice also led to a series of impediments that, definitely for the worst, put everyone on an equal playing field, which is the ironic satire of total equality.
Ayn Rand was born into a wealthy family in Russia. Life was impressive until the Soviets came into power and took away all her family's wealth. She went from living a happy, comfortable life to struggling and almost starving to death. Ayn Rand had the perspective of seeing both capitalism and communism first hand. Communism destroyed her comfortable way of life and inspired her to write the book Anthem.