What are the conditions when society gets destroyed? Dystopias can be described as an imagined place where everything is miserable. They are characterized by human misery and poverty. The following essay will contain evidence from three stories; The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut, and There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury. The authors of the dystopian stories, all demonstrate the theme of an oppressive government which assists them in showing how the government has the power to destroy society by stoning people, putting restraints on them and even using nuclear bombs, which all cause the death of innocent citizens. One important theme in Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” is the theme of dangerous tradition.
Uniquely, they ask questions, and then provide strong evidence to support their opinions on the matter or the claim. The tone of this book is mainly critical, the author introduces possible arguments to answer the questions at hand, and continues by refuting them and explaining why they are incorrect. In chapter 3, “How Is the Ku Klux Klan like a Giant Group Of Real-Estate Agents?” Levitt and Dubner mainly use the rhetorical strategy, pathos, when talking about the Ku Klux Klan because what person can disagree with someone proving how terrible a multi-state terrorist organization who’s purpose was to frighten and kill black people in the United States was? The answer is simple, no one, because most people have morals and are disgusted by what the Ku Klux Klan did.
Scarface is a crime-drama film that is famously known for being one of the most violent and profanes films during its time of release. Focusing on the rise of Tony Montana (Al Pacino) on the criminal ladder and becoming more psychotic as his career as the leader of his drug empire progresses, leading to his eventual downfall. Directed by Brian de Palma, written by Oliver Stone and with performance of the cast with the lead Al Pacino, Scarface became a cult classic among the masses.
“A successful visual or oral test is one in which director seeks to create new realities and/or fresh perspectives for old ideas” Scottish historical novelist, Walter Scott once claimed that “honour is a homicide and a blood spiller, that gangs about making frays in the street.” The personal costs associated with gun culture and war is an often controversial topic amongst a patriotic society. Distinguished director, Clint Eastwood diminishes any conception of honour in war and in violence associated with it in the engaging film “Gran Torino.” Presenting antihero and war Veteran, Walt Kowalski, The octogenarian director explores how American culture has created a society in which gun culture is deemed acceptable in American society, however the truth in its impacts is one that leaves man haunted from the loss and devastation gun culture and violence brings.
In Molly Ivins publication of “Get a Knife, Get a Dog but Get Rid of Guns”, she brings up an interesting argument from the well-known thriller titled Jurassic Park. In this movie one of the main characters makes a statement that power without discipline, is making society into a wreckage. From what I can infer individuals who are power-driven or do not fully understand discipline are at danger, not only to themselves, but people people that they have authority over; at times with little to no regard for their well being. It is this ideology that can do great harm in many different ways. Ivins makes this comparison with the argument of American individuals, and their belief about the Second Amendment and how those individuals interpret their
“Deterrence is the art of producing in the mind of the enemy….. the fear to attack” (55:09). This is the quote used by Dr. Strangelove himself to define deterrence. This lines up with Schelling’s definition which is, in simple words, prevention of actions by fear of consequences (Schelling, p. 71). Another common theme in this movie is Brinkmanship, which Schelling defines as “the creation and deployment of a problematic threat.
Murder can be defined as “the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another”. How then, are others able to make us sympathize with not only murderers, but people who have committed horrendous crimes? For example, the media is constantly attempting to humanize rapists and even terrorists with phrases like “lone wolf” or “alienated and adrift.” Such phrases make some of us want to pity the criminal. This can be seen when we compare Perry Smith and Dick Hickock from Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood.
“Only the monstrous anger of the guns” is from second line in first stanza. This line represents the gun as a person, as it says it has a feeling of monstrous anger. By describing as monstrous anger, it would mean it is at the very high level of anger that no one could stop it, since anger already describes how violent the guns’ act towards the people. Referring to the line one from stanza one, which is the previous line, it is answering its own rhetorical question. In the battle field, what marks people death is the bullet from the monstrous gun.
Along with depression and dementia, the various illnesses defined as psychotic disorders are significant factors in relation to gun violence. It is terrifying to learn that people suffering from these disorders are allowed to carry guns and use them as they please. Psychotic disorders are a collection of severe mental illnesses, including identity disorder, agoraphobia, and most prominently, schizophrenia and bipolar syndrome. Wynne calls schizophrenia “a pervasive impairment in bioprocessing,” meaning that the illness diminishes certain brain functions of a person. He suggests that a patient of schizophrenia might believe that everyone is out to kill them.
The documentary explains why America is prone to gun related deaths, and attempts to persuade the viewer to believe that journalistic media is to blame. "Seeking to explain the fear and paranoia that lead American to arm themselves, Moore casts a wide net, but he avoids some easy targets. Moore dismissed the notion that violent video games play a major role, nothing the popularity of such games in such nations as
Literary Term #3: Tragic Flaw Tragic Flaw: A negative character trait that can ruin the protagonist of the story. Example: “It was in self-defense, I say, again remembering the feel of the gun in my hand, the sickening backfire when I pulled the trigger” (369).