Topic: What role does modern medicine and science play in the defeat of Dracula? Many critics argue that the fin-de-siècle revival of the Gothic was connected with anxieties about contemporary scientific discourses (Byron 50). These anxieties are at the heart of Bram Stoker’s gothic novel Dracula (1897). Set predominantly in Victorian England, the novel tells the story of “The Crew of Light”, who must subordinate their beliefs in modern medicine, science and rationality in order to defeat the mysterious Count Dracula. Stoker employs Dutch scientist, philosopher and metaphysician, Abraham Van Helsing, in order to explore this tension between contemporary scientific discourses and the traditional.
“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” As the renowned scientist Albert Einstein stated, the lack of free will can be highly detrimental to society. This principle is also emphasized in Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, in which the main character, Billy Pilgrim, is involved in a plane crash. This accident further unsettles his mental condition, in addition to his experiences in World War II. This causes Billy to imagine about an alien planet called Tralfamadore, where they believe that all incidents in time are structured and that free will has no impact on the future. They also claim that damaging events such as war cannot be prevented.
“Harrison Bergeron” is a short fiction written by Kurt Vonnegut, the story is set in the year 2081, and it talks about a futuristic society where all people are equal. No one is smarter, beautiful or stronger than the other, and if someone happens to be better than the others they find themselves compelled by The United States Handicapper General to wear what they call “handicaps” in order to bring down their abilities to the most basic levels as the others. Throughout the story, Vonnegut expresses a strong and vigorous political and social criticism of some historical events in the US during 1960s such as the Cold War and Communism, television and American Culture and Civil Rights Movement. “Harrison Bergeron” was published in 1961 during that time several events were happening around the world in general and in the US in specific which was engaged in a series of political and economic crisis with the communist Soviet Union know as The
"I was not predicting the future, I was trying to prevent it" (Bradbury). The world illustrated in Fahrenheit 451 isn 't that far off from our own. Technology has become a very influential part of everyone 's lives, and has control over people’s actions and thoughts. Ray Bradbury uses the themes mass media, conformity vs. individuality, and censorship in his dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451, to capture a futuristic world in which books are illegal and technology is consuming society. Mass media is a significant theme throughout the book, Fahrenheit 451.
However, as science begins to develop, the possibility of finding answers continues to create a gravitational pull like a planet may. With so many eyes on the field and a lack of scientific proof, literature and movies in the genre of science-fiction, or more commonly known as sci-fi, explores ideas of the future commonly by expressing a widespread fear. These fears can range from a fear of annihilation to fear of loss of control or even simply to a fear of the unknown. The sci-fi movie Europa Report (2013) decided to rise to the challenge of answering the question of what’s out there. In the movie, a crew of 6 brave men and women set out on a mission to Europa, with the fear of the unknown lurking around every unexplored corner.
From the time that we’re young and claiming all the toys for ourselves to the time that we’re old and secretly, or maybe not so secretly, wanting the biggest piece of pie, it is human nature to only care about ourselves. Today’s society drills into our minds that we should “look out for number one,” but in Ray Bradbury’s science fiction story A Sound of Thunder, he tells the reader the complete opposite. In the exciting story about hunters who avoid making an impact on Time and History when they go back in time to shoot dinosaurs, he clearly shows that when people are self-centered, they will do things that hurt themselves and others. From the beginning, the main character, Eckels, shows selfishness through his actions. One example of Eckels’
Often times, literary works can easily distinguish between a good character or an evil character. Other times, a character can be very complex, which makes it difficult to characterize the character as good or evil. This complex character complex is known as Moral Ambiguity. In other words, readers are discouraged from identifying a character as purely good or evil. One particular character that can be views as morally ambiguous is a woman named Edna Pontellier.
Noyes and Huxley were both intrigued by eugenics, but Huxley took the idea one step further: instead of specifically pairing couples to produce children, as Noyes did, the author completely eradicated the concept of parenthood. He described a society in which all babies were born, or “decanted,” from bottles in a laboratory. Noyes and Huxley each created a hierarchical society, as well. Noyes placed importance on the ability to produce the best children, while Brave New World detailed how every facet of one’s life was predetermined (Murray). Though Aldous Huxley depicted the quintessence of a utopian society in Brave New World, John Humphrey Noyes was able to create his version in the real world.
The science fiction works of “Harrison Bergeron”, by Kurt Vonnegut and “The Pedestrian”, by Ray Bradbury are sarcastic portrayals of futuristic societies that are controlled by authoritative governments that have completely made their communities equal. Each of these stories take a look at the prospect of promoting sameness and conformity among all people, and questions the effects of the forced elimination of citizens’ individuality in order to maintain equality. In “The Pedestrian” Mr. Leonard Mead faces extreme consequences for his nightly stroll in the city. In the year 2053, Mead’s society has become completely taken over by televisions and the media. They have lost interest in exploring the outside world and no longer appreciate nature.
This help the author be more believable in the essay. Telling each section in different perspective help this essay from being bias. Also this allowed the readers to connect with character but not only the author. Ascher is very effective in using personal experience to prepare the reader for her conclusion. The three stories were very different from one another and this allow Ascher to effectively express a universal definition of compassion and empathy.
According to the film race is a biological "myth" and as outdated as belief that the sun revolved around the earth. Race is a concept that was invented to categorize the perceived biological, social, and cultural differences between human groups. Based on modern genetic science that can decode the genetic puzzle of DNA there is no significant genetic or biological differences between the races. Race is an artificial construct imposed by the ruling classes to justify first slavery and then segregation. One of the main findings concerning the genetic make-up of the students in the course was that skin color really is only skin deep.
Sixty years ago Ray Bradbury wrote of a futuristic society controlled by its government. A society where books were outlawed and no one cared. He predicted a society that is similar to the society of 2015. He predicted a society that could become reality. Though the worlds of Fahrenheit 451 and 2015 are not the same, they have two similarities: a controlling government and advanced technology.
Elie Wiesel’s quote in the beginning of the book was basically a short summary for the book’s entire purpose. Especially in light to recognizing how the media and the scientific community viewed Henrietta and her family as abstractions in the world. This is seen especially clear in chapter 7, where George Gey the scientist who had taken Henrietta’s cell without full consent, is featured in the WAAM television in Baltimore for a special segment “…devoted to his work”(Skoot 57). Nowhere in the sentence let alone in the paragraph is there any kind of glimpse towards recognition that Henrietta deserves. That’s an incredibly bold decision, given the fact that the only way you were able to accomplish the chance to give people a hope for a cure to cancer was because someone gave you the key with no explicit consent.