Acts of rebellion are a crucial part of society that can lead to revolution if given the chance to blossom. In some cases, however, the situation may take an unexpected turn of events, as shown in Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron” and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment.” The former of the two stories is centered around Harrison, an advanced teenager subjected to a great amount of oppression. Considering this, his intent to defeat the futuristic government’s antagonistic hierarchy is unsurprising. The latter story is focused on a group of extremely flawed, misfortune elders haunted with the desire of their youth. When presented with the opportunity to recapture their “golden days,” a mixture of enthusiasm, curiosity, and their
“Civil Disobedience” is an essay written by Henry David Thoreau about people needing to put their conscience ahead of the government rulings by criticizing American policies and beliefs. He expresses his opinion of a “government is best which governs least” (Thoreau 305) by heavily supporting his topic and by using rhetorical techniques. Rhetorical devices are used in papers for the writer to better persuade the audience or to better understand the topic they are writing about; they can also be used to play with the reader’s emotions. The rhetorical devices that have the most impact on the reader in Thoreau’s essay are allusions, rhetorical questions, pathos, imagery, and chronological narrative.
“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). In the novella Anthem the main character receives his job or calling that he will do for the rest of his life (till he’s old). He receives the job of street sweeper because of a punishment for stealing
Scott Russell Sanders’ passage from ‘Staying Put: making home in a Restless World’ gives readers the idea that roaming foreign territory and enforcing your ways is worse than staying put and adapting to your surroundings. Sanders achieves this mood through the use of parallelism, juxtaposition, rhetorical questions, and other rhetorical devices.
the idea of equality was taken to the extreme. Satire is also used to exaggerate how awful equality is to persuade readers to believe that total equality will violate human rights. Kurt Vonnegut also uses symbols such as handicaps which make everyone equal and Harrison Bergeron to display the lack of freedom present in a world of total equality.
‘Dystopian novels help people process their fears about what the future might look like; further, they usually show that there is always hope, even in the bleakest future.’ -Lauren Oliver.
In his article, The Owl Has Flown, author Sven Birkerts suggests that knowledge has lost nearly all of its depth and reading has shifted from vertical to horizontal. The author supports this suggestion by providing the example of Menocchio, a 16th century man who nearly memorized the few books that he owned. He argues that the generations before the 17th century did not have access to the vast number of books that those of the future generations do. This allowed people of the past to take more time to analyze and make inferences about books. With the exponential growth in the number of available books and limited time to read them, Birkerts believes that the newer generations have neglected wisdom altogether. He
“‘The ancient teachers of this science,’ said he, ‘promised impossibilities, and performed nothing. The modern masters promise very little they know that metals cannot be transmuted, and that the elixir of life is a chimera. But these philosophers, whose hands seem only made to dabble in dirt, and their eyes to pore over the microscope or crucible, have indeed performed miracles” (74).
The heroes, leaders, doctors, writers, teachers, inventors and everyone virtuous in our world exist with an ego allowing for their creation and achievement. Yet, those who are vain and take pride in themselves are shunned in modern day society. To be fully humble and willing to serve others at the drop of a dime is nearly impossible, nor desirable. So why does society have the tendency to teach selfless behaviours, when everything good on earth has come out of pride? Thomas Edison created the light bulb with dignity, knowing his invention would better mankind, exactly as Equality from Anthem did. Furthermore, Ray Land creates all of her characters this way, portraying her bias towards the greatness of objectivism. Her novels indicate how vital self-centered people are to our world for their own success and everyone else’s. The pressures of conformity in
Thank you for Arguing by Jay Heinrichs and Lies My Teacher Told Me by sociology instructor James Loewen are two great books. While the first ten chapters of Jay Heinrichs’ piece of work principally focuses on both traditional and modern rhetoric for contemporary public speakers and readers, chapters 1 to 13 of James Loewen’s book attempts to study why most American high school students hate history studies. In particular, Heinrichs’ book focuses on past knowledge and ideologies like Cicero and Aristotle’s theories, as well as modern concepts tailored for modern public speakers (Heinrichs 127). Conversely, Loewen’s book cites a number of factors, which explain why the American history is intrinsically dramatic (Loewen 7).
When comparing Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau and The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, it is apparent that Thoreau’s ideas and thoughts distinguished him from his society. Whereas the society’s ideas in Thoreau’s time period tended to lack inspiration, Thoreau’s ideas transcended the societal ideals of the time. Although Thoreau himself did not write The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, the play highlights and expresses Thoreau’s transcendentalist ideas more powerfully than Civil Disobedience because the play elaborates on Thoreau’s passion regarding the notion that living is more than just existing.
Throughout his piece, Newcombe uses strong sources that strengthen his credibility to build his claim. This is an appeal to ethos. The writer establishes his trustworthy by using the sources such as a quote written by C. S. Lewis. C.S Lewis is a British novelist and academic. He has academic positions at both Oxford University and Cambridge University. He writes, “There are no ordinary people. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations---these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit---immortal horrors or everlasting splendours.”(2) By using what a famous academic’s words to make the article become more persuasive, and make the reader to believe his claim. His goal is warning people to not use lives in exchange for a perfect selfie. Newcome also uses other sources such as, “the article on Botox treatment called ours the ‘selfie culture’, “wsch6.com (8/30/15) reports on a car accident” and “Mac Slavo writes in sonsoflibertymedia.com (9/18/16) about a real “photo bomb” by a Syrian Jihadi” etc. (1) Using these sources helps to build Newcombe’s credibility by showing the facts that he collected from other experts and other expert’s point is strongly support his claim.
There have been many individuals in mankind's long history that have been characterized by unusual thought and foresight, and whose observations and theories could only be appreciated many decades, even centuries, later. But one of the individuals whose beliefs about ethics, philosophy, and politics must have struck his contemporaries as very odd, even bordering on insane was the great American author, poet, and philosopher Henry David Thoreau, who lived in 19th century Massachusetts. In the era of slavery, westward expansion, and imperialism, Thoreau espoused abolitionism, civil disobedience, conscientious objection, direct
Gentillesse, the the capacity for a being to act compassionately and graciously, was seen as a characteristic of the noble class (Brown 175). In fact, gentillesse was a concept based on both “wealth and social distinction” as well as “character and behavior,” and these two parts were thought to be almost impossible to separate (Carruthers 286). Being an aristocrat was, therefore, a necessary condition for gentillesse; those at the cusp of nobility were not thought to have this characteristic as they were not at the top of the social hierarchy. Yet, the Franklin, a member of the landowning class but not a noble, explores the presumed relationship between the attribute and the high-class. In the “Franklin’s Tale,” the Franklin constructs parallel