He thought out things that made himself to commit this disobedience against the government and wanted to express his experience of his ideas and strategy to disobey the government. His speech made others do the same and be responsible against authority of a powerful organization controlling them to do immoral things against their
Throughout all of time, people have needed to live according to their own agendas. Being forced to live a certain way has only caused trouble. That is why Henry David Thoreau supported civil disobedience to help people live according to their own beliefs. In the essay “On Civil Disobedience” by Henry David Thoreau, the author defined and explained the effect of civil disobedience. Thoreau defined it as, civil disobedience is any peaceful action that demonstrates the disagreement of a person or persons with their government.
This mistake removed the thoughts and actions of individuals, which is what allows a society to flourish. While the city in Ayn Rand’s novella uses a complex system of laws and government controls in hope of suppressing ego, they ultimately fail due to the fact that there will always be someone whose ego cannot be suppressed, which is why the society that Equality 7-2521’s has envisioned creating would include none of these rules. Anthem’s community removes individuality and in its place instates a sense of togetherness and collectivism in an attempt to eradicate ego. First, the assault on the individualistic nature of mankind is overwhelming evident in the moss-strewn marble engraving above 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" (19).
Her battle against communism affected her as an author and inspired her writing in Anthem. In Anthem, citizens are constantly presented the idea that preaches collectivism and extreme loyalty to the state. The protagonist, Equality 7-2521, has grown up in this restrictive civilization and believed all he was told. Equality is exceptional in many aspects that are prohibited, and he has a tendency to disobey the society’s laws. Equality slowly embraces freedom as he discovers his own ego.
Neil Gaiman once wrote, “some books exist between covers that are perfectly people-shaped” (Gaiman xvi). The idea that books can be defined as the sharing of thoughts and information between people reveals a deeper meaning in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. In Fahrenheit 451, the protagonist faces a society in which books are censored and, thus, burned. This, according to his definition, means that if books become banned, certain connections between people will, too, be destroyed. Ray Bradbury reveals the theme (the importance of books) through the protagonist’s dynamic character, which comes as a result from his conflicts with society.
Through courage, Montag enacts his plan to change this totalitarian society. Originally, Montag is as naïve as all the others, but Clarisse begins to make him question the things around him. Montag strives to change his life and achieve happiness. He abandons his society’s principles in order to rebuild a meaningful society. With courage and bravery, Montag defies his government’s rules to attract others to fight for a freer
Indeed, Andrew abandons both his progressive and conservative views and creates a new identity, which, on a larger scale, suggests that Andrew must go against his values and ideals in order to obtain a taste of freedom. Hawkins’ main goal throughout the slave narrative is to achieve, in a broad sense, freedom. The ambiguity of freedom shapes Hawkin’s way about achieving his goal, causing his progressive ideals to clash with his conservative mindset. It is also important to note that “While Andrew repeatedly insists upon producing a politics and personality that break free from the strictures of prescriptive, his journey is also one that ultimately surrenders to and upholds several central structures of social
Dugard’s story posses the power to open society’s eyes, to make the readers see that the victims should not be punished, ashamed, or looked down upon; the wrongdoer should undergo punishment, shame, and being looked down upon. This book additionally contains the power to show modern society that it needs to swallow its manners, tact, and pride to enable others to speak out when one sees something amiss. A Stolen Life: A Memoir furthermore wields the astonishing power to make those who have read this book to listen to the outcry of the unprotected, and the brave, who do speak out. The indicated power is accessible, yet will go untapped if this book is not taught. Dugard’s story also demonstrates how one should never lose hope, which is smothered in fear and bitterness in today’s society.
Bradbury’s stories follow a similar genre which is a dystopian feeling where the characters realize what the world has come to be (“Fahrenheit”). Fahrenheit 451, takes place in a dystopia or “... a dehumanizing environment… where the state keeps citizens in thrall be denying them the kinds of positive, useful intellectual stimuli found in books” (Huntington 107). A dystopia is a future where life is appalling. In their attempt to make a perfect future, the government instead created a dystopia where people are destroying their only sense of truth, joy and humanity (Hamblen). Bradbury is trying to convey that, “Dystopian novels show that any attempt at establishing utopia will only make matters much worse” (Dietz).
King Creon, like a child, is so adamant in his ruling, that only a hyperbolic event could bring him to reality and teach him his lesson: a king has to listen to his people. Haemon fervently gives Creon advice about his leadership: “And [do] not be certain that your own opinion/Is the only right one, and that all men share it” (31). Although disregarded by Creon, this serves as a reminder that whatever his political status, Creon is not all knowing like the gods; he must accept other opinions. The hyperbolic event deemed appropriate by Sophocles was the suicides of the tragic hero Antigone, Haemon and his mother Eurydice. After Creon suffers the brutal realization of the three deaths, that were all largely his fault, he goes into a deep depression.
Tolstoy is a modern writer. His style plays with literary conventions while his writing questions society itself. However, towards the end of his life, Tolstoy notices the growing anti-materialism in the middle class (Ress). The growing detachment between the Russian middle class with nature, life, and tradition irritates Tolstoy. By focusing his later works on anti-materialism, Tolstoy awakens the middle class to what it has become—disillusioned.