One Flew Over Society’s Utopia In 1962, Ken Kesey shook Americans across the nation with his book One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest illustrates controversial topics in society as triumphant and was therefore under scrutiny since its publication. The novel expresses material, such as nonconformity, rebellion, freedom of the mind, and the hardships of having a mental illness. It also challenges many levels of reality and social norms, such as glorifying corrupt juveniles, criminal activity, and depicting images of obscenity, all which landed the novel a spot on the banned books list. As young adults, our minds are still moldable.
Another example is the American Revolution. When the British ruled over the American colonies, they imposed many taxes. Eventually the American grew tired of these taxes and started complaining and rebelling against them. By waging war against the British because their way of ruling rule was unfair, the Americans managed to break free from Britain and establish their own existing country and
However, Melly’s Empire of Conspiracy: The Culture of Paranoia in Postwar America fails to show evolution of government role that caused anxiety and panic in American culture. Thus, his recent monograph is helpful as it connects the social anxiety with lack of government transparency. Dean would agree with Melly’s method of investigating conspiracy with rising social fear, as Dean argued the "boundary-blurring," breaking down "formerly clear distinctions," result of social fear and the principal logic of contemporary
The American public sphere purposely kept the discussion of bondage under wraps, but with tensions rising, it became a lot harder to oppress. Abolitions saw the depletion of slavery as a necessary step in order to secure the future of their nation, for the Declaration of Independence even condemned it (Foner 441). Viewing it as an unparalleled evil, a new wave of reforms in the
Sinclair tries to portray all the ugly sides to capitalism in this book by showing how it is effecting Jurgis’s family. But, the purpose of the book is to show the reader why people come to America. Immigrants have a specific image in their mind of what America is like.
Mark Twain, well-known American author, ridicules the self destructive nature of greed upon man in his controversial novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry and Finn. Twain criticizes the society he lived in, noting the “superficiality and meaningless” lives of people. Mark Twain utilizes situational irony, farce, and exaggeration in order to compare two situations in the novel where characters illustrate upon themselves the negative effects of greed. Twain establishes a critical tone to bring attention to even modern day readers that greed will eventually result in punishments and consequences. First, Twain utilizes situational irony to analyze the ongoing feud between the Shepherdons and Grangerford family.
A major social cause of the American Revolution was when the Revolutionaries tried to control who was running the government because they felt as though their means were not being met. For instance, when the liberalist tried to move the localist out of power. In the reading, “Democracy and the Constitution” by Gordon S. Wood, he states, “The Progressive period, for example, was marked by the reforming efforts of cosmopolitan type…to wrestle the reins of the government out of the hands of “corrupt” and “undesirable” localist elements.” Here, it shows that the Revolutionaries are trying to change the government and who is a part of the government. A political cause of the American Revolution was when the people rebelled against the taxes that the government was trying to push on them. For example, when the farmers rebelled against the Whiskey Tax.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is considered the typical American novel, known for its emphasis and twist on the American Dream. Some people, such as Jeffrey Decker, disagree with this view on the book. Decker insists in his article, “Corruption and Anti-Immigrant Sentiments Skew a Traditional American Tale”, that the loss of faith in the hope of social mobility and the idea of the self-made man in The Great Gatsby is a direct cause of the anti-immigrant attitudes due to the rising tide of immigration in the 1920s. I have mixed feelings about Decker’s argument. He blames the loss of trust in social advancement and the independent man on the rising tide of immigration in the 1920s.
A Dystopian Apocalypse Imagine a society where individualism is suppressed and the government gives the illusion that things are fine by using propaganda and fear to keep their citizens unaware of their fate. Welcome to the world of dystopia. Authors Aldous Huxley, George Orwell and Veronica Roth each have literary works that propose the dangers of an omnipotent government. Brave New World (Huxley), 1984 (Orwell) and Divergent (Roth) may provide insight on the the political, technological advances and social classes that may give rise to a dystopian society in America. However, there are characteristics present in America that are not found in dystopian societies.
Due to the actions of the colonists and at the behest of our King, we have entered into war with the colonies in America. It is the belief of our King and Parliament that the colonists’ demands have gone too far. We have entered into the war to reassert our control over citizens who believe themselves independent of our laws and taxes. They need to remember who funded them, made their livelihoods possible, and developed them into the civilization they are today. These “United States of America” are a sham.
Part two, Covert Action, of Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq, by Stephen Kinzer, presents situations in Iran, Chile, South Vietnam, and Guatemala where covert actions were used to abolish governments that the United States claimed had communist influence and intentions. These threats were misguided, but the excuse was used to justify the actions to the public. The true intention of these interventions was to protect American businesses in foreign countries. These interferences are still causing problems for all countries involved. The actions taken in Iran, Chile, South Vietnam, and Guatemala were all to protect businesses in these countries.
The two distinct novels Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell is a very thorough description warning the future were high ranked working people such as governments and politicians will misuse their positions to control the citizens which can already be illustrated throughout the world by means of using media, language and telephones to track them and manipulate news stories by way of misleading the citizens for their own purposes and desires whereas the novel One Flew Over The Cuckoo 's Nest by Ken Kesey likewise demostrates in a more microcosmic world were head administratives control and applies various methods that will only benefit them rather than everyone. This essay focuses on what methods of control is implemented on the residents in
In his article “Ratcheting Up the Rhetoric” (NY Times, 9/3/15) Charles M. Blow, asserts that recent accusations and opposition against the Black Lives Matter movement can be attributed to Americans unwilling to accept the uncomfortable reality of their racist society. Blow follows his claim with various statements made by the media accusing Black Lives Matter of being a “hate group”, examines the “concerted effort to defame and damage” the movement, and cites the public’s desperation to continue denying the truth of rampant police brutality and ingrained racism in America. Blow writes this article highlighting these wrongful attacks on Black Lives Matter in order to destroy the image of a violent “hate group” that the media has painted in society’s
In a news article published during the Red Scare, the author describes the Communist red flag as symbolizing “defiance of law, order, and constitutional government. It is an insult to the stars and stripes.” It also states, “There is no room in this country for any flag but our own.” (source) The article goes on to say that the federal government must do whatever it takes to eradicate any forms of communism. The author says that perhaps many citizens may be drawn to Communist ideology if the social injustices become more prevalent, and urges the readers to look into the problems of Communist civilizations. This article is an example of how many felt during the Red Scare and Cold War in regards to communism. It shows that people felt a collapse
Zinn uses the lens of social justice to view American history and put forward the argument that American history is rife with racism (civil rights issues and omission of non-white historical figures), violence (genocide of Native Americans and race riots), capitalistic greed leading to immiseration (upper class and its then ownership of 2/5th of America’s wealth), and power run amok leading to a type of imperialism (worldwide military interventions). S&A put on rose-colored glasses to argue that American history is fair (the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights), and that Americans are a people of character (Adams’ refusal to create conflict) and virtue (Founding Father’s insertion of slavery-ending measures into government), thereby painting Americans as a moralistic and exceptional people. Based upon what little bit of these two books that I’ve read, I’m going to view both of their contents with skepticism; Zinn seems to be pushing a liberalist agenda, while S&A are adhering to a conservative interpretation of American history. Whenever something so blatantly biased is encountered, it is best to view it with a healthy degree of doubt. The ironic thing is, I believe that both Zinn and S&A are right: American history is violent and exclusive, Americans are a truly amazing people that have achieved greatness, and NEVER trust the federal