Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th and 213th amendments of the constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General. (1) “Unceasing vigilance of agents” is a satire on government for transgressing its control over the citizens. It turns out to be a society in which the government curbs the individuality of citizens under the façade of ensuring equality. Stanley Schatt states: In any leveling process, what really is lost, according to Vonnegut, is beauty, grace, and wisdom.
Beowulf, the defender of Hrothgar and Heorot, exhibits much more sophisticated (and less sincere) reminder revenge than the Grendels mother. At the tip of the day, Beowulfs goal is to become the greatest mortal altogether the land. In his society, the sole thanks to gain such widespread celebrity is thru lionhearted and self-endangering acts. Beowulf masks these deeds with a fade of seeking revenge; he purportedly involves Heorot to save lots of the Danes from Grendels terror, however his true motives dwell turning into a hero. His reward isn't the pride of doing an honest deed; Beowulf is rewarded with lavish and pricey gifts.
Most of the critics give a comment that Kurt Vonnegut’s work gives more human dignity. The novel explores the idea that human beings are pure machines. They behave like programmed machines and act according to the programs without an option of escaping. People are thought to be undeserving of respect and Kurt Vonnegut is disgusted by that attitude, writes Jerome Klinkowitz: “The Key solution to human problems, Vonnegut kept insisting, to find human dignity for all human beings-even those who seem to least deserve it” (212). Dwayne Hoover bad ideas or chemicals drive him insane.
Ultimately, the sculptor “mocked” Ozymandias both imitating perfectly but in a contemptuous manner even when Ozymandias gave his “heart that fed.” The irony is that even though Ozymandias radiated his prowess so that the sculptor could easily recreate his power, but in reality, the sculptor is the only one getting the attention and praise. The next stanzas have imagery to implement a basis of irony. The traveler explains, “And on the pedestal, these words appear: (9)” the traveler passes the voice to Ozymandias: “My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings; (10)”. The term “King of Kings” gives the visualization of a powerful king because it is an allusion to Jesus in the bible as a savior. However, the subsequent stanzas show the opposite.
This is achieved through mocking the possibility of his son falling short of expectations given his advantages. Lines 41-42 explicitly state this by asking “can there be anything more mortifying than to be excelled by them?” (“them” being Chesterfield’s son’s peers), this quote is extremely condescending to say the least. However the statement is also presents some of Chesterfields own values. It is not enough to merely do well in something, success is defined by exceeding all of one’s own fellow peers. In addition Chesterfield follows up his point in lines 43-45 directly addressing his son by saying “your shame and regret must be greater than anybody because everybody knows the uncommon care which has been taken to your education,” the careful use of language illustrates his point.
One can infer that this is why Harrison Bergeron (George’s son) rebelled against this so-called “utopian” society. Being punished for being different is what it has come down to in this story. Harrison Bergeron is, “a genius and an athlete, is under-handicapped, and should be regarded as extremely dangerous” (Vonnegut 136). Harrison has heavier handicaps than anyone else. Instead of a small ear radio, he had to wear a huge pair of earphones.
We were liars is a story about the ideals we are all supposed to aspire to, simply because of the way our society defines success; as being forceful, reckless, hasty and bold. The dauntless ideal Cadence falls prey for. In my opinion the book is trying to shed light on the insidious backside of our idea of heroism, and the too often gruesome consequences it might bring. That it more frequently than not results in the unnecessary suffering of others. Cady’s cousin Mirren on the other hand, had a very different life motto: ”Always be kinder than you have to”.
He sees them as people with the ability to synthesize life itself, motivated by the sense of discovery despite the obvious consequences of “[producing] discord in Nature” (13) or bringing “inharmonious effects upon [their] lives” (13). Science is a “masculine endeavor” (Easlea as quoted in Eckstein 512) through which men are have the “desire to create life” (512). Additionally, Nicholas K. Bromell, author of “’The Bloody Hand’ of Labor, Work, Class, and Gender in Three Stories by Hawthorne, states that scientists regard themselves as “higher and noble than matter” and therefore “destroy what is beautiful in. . .mortality and materiality” (544) without remorse.
The equality Vonnegut portrays in “Harrison Bergeron” embodies the definition of sameness. The fictional society forces handicaps upon individuals limiting them to the same intelligence, beauty, and athletic standards. The officials “Harrison Bergeron” forced handicaps such as weights, interrupting radios, and ugly masks to reinforce sameness. Imposing handicaps upon individuals is tyrannical and unjust, thus contradicting the original goal of equality, which is justice. Confusing equality and sameness deprives individuals of genuine equality, which encompasses and embraces individuality.
In the short story “They’re not your Husband”, Raymond Carver describes the society in the 20th century by emphasizing the relationship between the characters. Carver accentuates the problems of Modern Society, as for instance the intern competition of the better life between people, by portraying the characters with a heavy use of contrast. The main character has a function as a substitute for Humanity due to the fact that it lies in human nature to compare each other. Comparing works as a sophistication of the person in order to make the best out of the person. Even though comparing in some way can be seen as a good thing, Raymond Carver sees it as a bad thing because it ruins the social bonds, which is an essential requirement in order to climb the social ladder.
Every high school has two categories, and I bet as always, the jocks are popular and the intellectual or “nerds” are at the bottom of the social ranks. What would happen if the social categories were flipped? In the article, “America Needs its Nerds”, Leonid Fridman uses emotionally charged diction, an honest atmosphere, and syntax in order to argue that if America is going to thrive, then the negative outlook on nerds must be flipped to a positive view. Similarly, the author expresses his argument using precise, and emotionally charged diction. Fridman is very certain that there is only two worlds, those who “prefer to build model airplanes”, and those who “get wasted at parties,” he doesn’t believe there is an in between.
Well known article writer, Leonid Fridman, in his article, “America Needs Its Nerds”, describes the truthful idea that nerds and geeks, in our society, are ostracized while the kids who play sports and party are prominent. Fridman’s purpose is to impress upon the readers that nerds should not have to conform to society’s unimpressive values of what it means to be “popular”. He adopts an indignant tone in order to convey to his readers that the idea of nerds and geeks needs to fought. Fridman moves to the idea that children who would rather read and build model airplanes are the social outcasts compared to the ones who would rather play football and get wasted at parties. He tries to grasp the reader 's attention by stating that “Enough is
Traits such as creativity, intelligence, and skepticism are highly valued and are noticeable in most famous scientists. For these reasons, it is logical that science is not highly valued in the totalitarian world in Anthem, since in the collectivist society, obedient and average people are rewarded, and people that stand out are punished. Equality 7-2521 knew he was smarter than his brothers, but stated “it is not good to be different from our brothers, but it is evil to be superior to them”, because the main concept of collectivism is unity, that “We are nothing. Mankind is all”, and by standing out, whether by being superior or inferior, you threaten that
Equality is a great idea that we should strive for and achieve; however, being made equal physically and mentally by the government could be very unfair. People should still have characteristics that make us different. One can be diverse but still equal to his neighbor. Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s use of point of view, conflict, and imagery in his short story “Harrison Bergeron,” illustrates how difficult living in a world where everyone is the same would be. Vonnegut uses third person omniscient to tell the events taking place in both location.