Harrison Bergeron: The 20th century has been characterized by the struggle between capitalism and communism. Events such as World War II and the Cold War had magnified the American fight against communism, leading to propaganda and stories against it. “Harrison Bergeron” was written in 1961, a time when the Cold War against communist Russia was in full force. It can be read as a story about what total equality can do to a society, but looking at the story more in depth you discover the hidden message it projects. In Kurt Vonnegut 's “Harrison Bergeron,” he paints the picture of society that has had total equality forced onto its people to show the extent to which too much power can be abused.
Theme is a part played when he’s showing how equality is forced on the citizens, making it mandatory among all. With all these major key points Vonnegut puts together his work, each subject connecting to the next. It was 2081, the long search for true human equality has been found. Those who are gifted with knowledge, beauty, and strength are penalized. People with any talents were programmed to be the same as an average person.
INTRODUCTION “What’s it going to be then, eh?” It is hard to improve upon Anthony Burgess’ classic opening line to his masterpiece. With this bold, taunting question, A Clockwork Orange’s protagonist, 15-year old Alex, opens the door for our descent into a terrifyingly grim world where ultra-violence and apathy pervade a shocking totalitarian society. The book is partly written in a Russian-influenced argot called nadsat which serves to minimize the horror of the violence depicted. It revolves around a devastatingly simple premise; when state authorities seek to reform young criminals like Alex, Burgess asks- what’s the cost? Like all good dystopian stories, the world of A Clockwork Orange shocks us because it is not impossible to achieve.
War is a destructive and deadly way to settle a problem between two opposing forces. For example, in World War II countries were destroyed and countless deaths took place because of conflict within our society and ourselves. While not all conflict is that large in scale, it is still very present in our world and unavoidable; it is a part of human nature. The novel Frozen, authored by Melissa de la Cruz, shows that this applies to the fiction world as well. Frozen is based in a dystopian future where the Earth is experiencing constant in sub-zero weather and the United States is under martial law.
“Harrison Bergeron," written by Kurt Vonnegut during the 1960s, portrays vigorous political and social criticisms of America. The political system depicted in Vonnegut's story distinctly enforces the concept that people should be equal in every way. This concept, however, is taken literal. It is the year 2081 and every individual in America is forced by law to be completely equal. No one is allowed to be smarter, good-looking, or physically superior than anyone else.
Second, he demystifies meaninglessness by circumscribing it within relatable set pieces, portraying nihilism as imminent as people like the nuclear family (like that of Samsa) is common. Kafka’s other achievements are just as impressive; he transforms Samsa into something unrecognizable and strips away his normalcy. The latter demonstrates the fragility with which society, represented by Samsa’s family, endeavors maintain the thin barrier between it and the void of meaning, while the first is a literary parallel. To elaborate, the title, ’The Metamorphosis’, doesn’t just refer to Gregor. It is an accusation on all men and women, to Grete, to Gregor’s parents, to the lodgers, and even the boss, an accusation that everyone undergoes the ‘Metamorphosis’ when one is separated from one’s values.
Relatively all authors are very fond of creating an underlying message to criticize society. Authors do this through social commentary. The book “The Picture of Dorian Gray” is no exception. The author, Oscar Wilde, criticizes the upper class through the consistent underlying idea that people are often deceived by one's beauty and are unable to understand the poison that fills the world is corrupting it. From the beginning of this book, the social commentary towards the upper class begins with the structure of the novel.
“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
Lord of the Flies has many parallels with our real world both historically and currently in 2018 with leaders such as Adolf Hitler and Kim Jon Un, who have proven that mankind itself is the principal threat to our civilisation because of man’s inner evil and greed for power. I will today convince you how the main threats to civilisation and social order both in the play and our real world is definitely humanity itself. “Which is better - law and rescue or hunting and breaking things up? To have rules and agree or to hunt and kill like a pack of savages?” These powerful questions are asked by Piggy in Act 3 of the play to the group of boys on top of the mountain just before he is murdered by Roger. These questions go to the core of the main theme in the play – the conflict between civilisation and savagery.
George Orwell’s dystopian Nineteen Eighty-Four: A Novel envisions a future world divided into three superstates, all typified by totalitarianism. Oceania, where the despotic Party rules supreme, is the panopticon superstate in which the novel takes place. The Party demands absolute conformity in both action and thought from all inhabitants, on threat of vaporization. Despite this dire consequence, the protagonist, Winston, remains undeterred in his ill-fated attempt to undermine the Party. A significant aspect of Winston’s rebellion is internal, as he untangles decades of psychological manipulation that warps his understanding of humanity.