September 8th, 1966 on NBC at 8:30pm, the United States got its first look at what was to become an american phenomenon. That night when Star Trek debuted america changed and has never been the same since. Three years is all that Star Trek lasted on NBC, only to be canceled and to return under a syndicated network. It was only then that the series gained the recognition that it so deserved. Comparing Star Trek to series such as Space: 1999, or Battlestar Galactica of the 80’s is hard because Star Trek is more than a out-and-out science fiction program, it’s a science fiction program that is reflecting political and social climate in the United States during the 1960 's.
The flag originally was not a hate symbol. Some people see the flag as a symbol of hate, but others see it as a symbol of their heritage, and as well as a symbol of their ancestry. (www.mirror.co.uk.) “History is written by the victor. The North won the war, so they get to write the history of why the Civil War was fought, saying that all Southerners were racist slave owners, yet 90 % of Confederate soldiers did not own slaves, and there were some black Confederate soldiers.”( Josh white).
The concept of a hero and villain are not prevalent within the novel, because that would imply a winner or a loser. The narrator, who the reader can assume shares similar ideologies to Vonnegut, explains how he does not believe that war should be glorified nor does it warrant any victors. Instead, Vonnegut focuses his attention on the idea of an outcast or an underdog. In a way every character has these qualities, Billy is made to seem crazy by his daughter, Montana is extremely sexualized, and Weary is damaged and alone. All of these characters are struggling because they are trying to make sense of what they have endured (this concept of soul searching, and going within one’s subconcious is seen metaphorically in the constant appearance of caves).
The concept of anti-intellectualism is to eliminate opportunities to acquire knowledge. In the society created by Ray Bradbury in Fahrenheit 451, the capacity for higher level thinking is destroyed. Schools are shallow because they do not focus on higher level thinking in academics. Instead, there is a focus on recreation such as sports and television. This society burns books because their content is troublesome.
But surely, that does not stop any teacher from talking about that topic. In fact, most read Number The Stars by Louis Lowry or learn about The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne, way before entering high school. Moreover, what about the Twin Towers which occurred only fourteen years ago? That event is extremely recent compared to how long ago slavery took place. The terrorist attack on the Twin Towers is an offense to every single North American.
In contrast, The Grapes of Wrath is a fiction novel. Knowing that the events of the story didn’t actually happen, coupled with the happy ending, leaves many readers unmoved by the book. Because Márquez fleshed out many of his characters in Living to Tell the Tale and ‘‘Tuesday Siesta,’’ to the point where they seem like actual human beings, his works are much more heart wrenching than Steinbeck’s The Grapes of
It has been over a century since Victor Hugo wrote Les Miserables, yet the problems that Hugo addresses still exist, albeit in a different form. Hugo addresses an issue that is still painfully relevant to modern society: labeling, or rather mislabeling. Hugo points out that looks and the type of clothes a person wears shouldn’t be used to judge a person, and that we should always look for the truth, and not just what we want to see in our ideal person. Therefore, Les Miserables addresses labeling people harshly and the issues that it
However, the university is unable to regulate the students’ offensive symbols. In detail, the quote “…extremely difficult to decide… particular communication is offensive enough to warrant prohibition or to weigh the degree of offensiveness against the potential value of communication” demonstrates that to limit and categorize speech is challenging since people have diverse opinions on what type of speech is deemed as offensive or discourteous (Bok). The opposition of this conflict is that speech regulations can trigger backfires by certain rebellious and problematic offenders who believe in their actions. To solve the dilemma, Bok encourages the readers to overlook offensive material and educate the offenders in order to cause less publicity of obnoxious speech and help the wrongdoers understand their negative effects on the
This essay will primarily focus on the criminal justice area of this when discussing the Scottsboro trials and comparing the trials to the famous novel To Kill a Mockingbird. In some schools, To Kill a Mockingbird is mandatory for students to read (“Harper Lee dies at 89: A quiet life, a lasting legacy-- see the photos” 2) however, in others it is banned. Jon Stewart said there is a “gaping racial wound that will not heal, yet we pretend doesn’t exist” (Judith 2). There are similarities between the famous Scottsboro Trials and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. THE SCOTTSBORO TRIALS There were nine African American teenagers aboard a freight train during March of 1931 in Jackson County, Alabama (Alex 1).
Unable to come to a consensus, religion and science often do not associate with each other. Furthermore, throughout history and in literature, societies that follow a rigid system of faith, such as the town of Hillsboro in Inherit the Wind, often censor scientific material from education – labeling the idea of science as taboo. However, censorship—in all regards—cannot be justified and must be acknowledged as immoral. HISTORICAL CONTEXT Written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee, Inherit the Wind, although fictional and dramatized, acts as a recount of the 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial – also known as The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes. In July of
Ironic, right? Reading about a place where you’re not allowed to read. The civilization in this novel sees books as irrelevant objects that don’t make any sense and cause trouble and sadness by making people think about things they don’t want to think about. Within this novel, a few