The most prominent theme in the book Bifocal by Deborah Ellis and Eric Walters is racism. We see cases of racism in in many chapters of the book. One of them was when the football team egged Haroon's house. Characters are always discussing the topic of racism and the affects of it. There are people like Kevin, who are the ones being racist. Then we have the people like Haroon, who feel the backlash of the racism. Furthermore, another theme in the book is fear. Fear of being stereotyped, of new cultures and rejection. An example of this was when Haroon said "Fear of terror or terror of fear?"
Societies are built to be a safe, welcoming and an accepting environment, but sometimes end
Do people ever think about a radioactive dust cloud killing all of humanity? Nevil Shute did, and he wrote On the Beach to warn people about the dangers of nuclear war. Commander Dwight Towers, a character in On the Beach, took a crew of men in a submarine on a trip around North America. They explored the destruction of a nuclear war that created a radioactive dust cloud that is slowly moving south. The radiation levels become so high that nobody can survive them. Everyday people are changed by war.
Events: That bombing at the church and many more had happened many times at black
Every person has something to contribute to society, regardless of age, sex or culture. The measurement of a person’s worth is determined by more than simply following rules and going through the motions. Accordingly, the combined contribution to society is more than the sum of each person. However, in The Chrysalids, by John Wyndham, the people of Waknuk live a life governed by strict social norms, which limits their expression of individuality. This pervasive attitude results in a narrow-minded perspective on what it means to be human. This contributes to a regulatory state and controlling authoritative figures. The end result of this is a stagnated society, which is intolerant of the free expression of one’s individuality and ultimately limits the advancement of society. Blind acceptance of traditions and strict social conformity can lead to the
One of the most important things in any society is freedom to express yourself and do what you want. In "Brave New World" this freedom is completely erased from society. People are conditioned to hate anything that is seen as obscene or unuseful (books, nature, marriage) and conditioned to enjoy their place in the caste system and anything that the government wants them to consume. If anyone shows signs of being antisocial or an outcast, they can be threatened and sent far away to an isolated place, like Bernard was when the D.H.C. wanted to send him to Iceland. In North Korea, people face the same kind of abuse. They live in a strict country with the highest level of censorship in the world where people can be executed just for criticizing the government. Just like in the book, the government tries to maintain an illusion of happiness when there 's nothing but cruelty and oppression.
Joseph Rotblat, 1995 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, stated, “I have to bring to your notice a terrifying reality: with the development of nuclear weapons Man has acquired, for the first time in history, the technical means to destroy the whole of civilization in a single act” (“Joseph”). Nearly fifty years before Rotblat’s warning, the world witnessed devastation when the United States dropped the first atomic bombs on Japan during World War II. Over 200,000 people perished. Just five years after these tragic days in history, Ray Bradbury, one of the most inspiring artists of the twentieth century, conveys a view similar to Rotblat in his short story, “August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains” (“Ray”).Throughout this story, Bradbury dramatizes the American Dream as an American Nightmare resulting from
It is clear that John Wyndham wrote The Chrysalids as a warning for today’s society, based on the comparisons that are drawn between the society of Waknuk, the Old People, Sea land, and our current society. More specifically, the current technological advancements, the existence of fundamentalist groups, and the slowly changing concept of “freedom of speech”.
Many artists utilize their work to evoke emotion, push political agendas, and spark change. Thomas C. Foster wrote, in his book How to Read Literature Like a Professor, that “writers tend to be men and women who are interested in the world around them. That world contains many things, and on the level of society, part of what it contains is the political reality of the time…” (Foster 122). George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, and Ray Bradbury use their literary works to urge their audiences to be mindful of all-powerful states and rapidly advancing technology. Orwell’s novel 1984 acts as a warning; “the warning is that unless the course of history changes, men all over the world will lose their most human qualities, will become soulless automatons, and will not even be aware of it” (Fromm 313). Huxley’s
The Chrysalids by John Wyndham is a post-apocalyptic dystopian novel about how the Waknuk people believe God has willed one race with specific characteristics. This race of people is determined by the ‘Definition of Man’. To keep this race unmixed, they eradicate all blasphemies and deviations. In doing so, they believe they are creating a perfect society when they are only causing innocent lives to be lost. Believing that one race is better than another results in conflict and harm to their own kind. This novel is considered an allegory of the Holocaust. There is a similar chain of events leading to disarray when one race thinks it is superior to another. It teaches the danger of discrimination and superiority which results in eradication
It should be established before anything else that the author I have chosen, Kurt Vonnegut, was heavily influenced by World War II. The idea of war, along with its devastating effects, gave Vonnegut a rather cynical and twisted view on human nature. This perspective bleeds over onto his writing and can be seen in many of his major and minor works, including one of his most impactful, “Slaughterhouse 5,” in which he uses time travel, alien planets, and other farfetched ideas to describe the physical and emotional consequences of violent acts.
In order to prevent Nazi Germany and its allies from conquering the world, Winston Churchill strongly argues that United states should summon military forces with those of Britain. Churchill makes an effective argument by using sentimental terms to first get empathy or the support from the Americans, and then to highlight the significance of the issue. Furthermore, with the simultaneous use of logical reasoning, the author even more strengthens his argument.
I think society is changing us in a manner that we will follow anything blindly, without knowing the purpose. Like many people follow tradions without knowing why therer following it because there surronded by the tradion there like you are forced into the tradition. There can be discrimination between beliefes that you have extra finger you are not one of us, you have longer hair than us you are diffrent, calling them names this is discrimination. So through all this I think this has fear in culture to so the consequences for the action as if i cut my hair what will happen what are my consequences do i get attacked or killed, what are my punishments? A man named John Wyndham made a Book called The Chrysalids in this book we
I found myself being pulled into Bradbury’s “The Highway” due to the story’s authentic approach. The images of the characters and their emotions are extremely vivid and realistic, and after implementing some research on certain aspects of the story, I discovered that many of the subtle events within “The Highway” are linked to historical findings. The apocalyptic threat of the atomic bomb also seized my attention due to its parallelism to the threats and events of our world today, such as the recent nuclear activity between Syria and France. However, although Atwood’s Oryx and Crake and Pratchett and Gaiman’s Good Omens have several realistic qualities, their methods of apocalyptic downfall are not as convincing. The unrealistic qualities of the characters throughout these novels are too unrelatable to truly delve into a deeper sense of understanding and appreciation for the ideas of their authors. I feel as though “The Highway” has shaped my perspective and morals concerning the atomic bomb and how it relates to society as a whole, where Oryx and Crake and Good Omens simply allowed me to understand the message the author was trying to convey in a creative
Thank you for thinking of me. I have just finished reading Citizen: An American Lyric. Reading it I realized that no matter how liberal our mindset on race, we white people have a great deal to learn about racism. It has made me realize that I had never truly understood the experience of the everyday racism that is experienced by people of color in this country. It made me realize that the extent of my racial consciousness comes in responding to major horrible events that capture major attention (Ferguson, Trayvon Martin, ect.). I was mostly ignorant of the way that a life spent dealing with racial prejudice can damage someone and even cause basic aspects of everyday life to be painful.