Personal Freedom vs Intellectual Holocaust In Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Montag’s desire for personal freedom constantly conflicts with the ongoing intellectual holocaust. During this era, society discourages the opportunity to think independently because they live under the impression that “not everyone [is] born free and equal, as the constitution says, but made equal” (Bradbury 146) Many technological advancements evolve to occupy everyone and society enforces many rules to ensure that everyone lives equally. However, Montag meets Clarisse, who exposes him to her extroverted lifestyle and encouraged him to question his lifestyle. He soon realizes that he is not happy and the desire for a new life advances him to seek both personal and intellectual freedom. As a result of the desire for uniformity, society removes the majority of the freedom that characters can have.
“Rare individuals, like the Leopard Man, isolates themselves from society in order to free themselves from society’s pressures.” Tom Leppard, also known as the Leopard Man, secedes himself from society and lives in a small cabin located in the Scottish woods. Nonconformists who mutilate their bodies to gain attention are “slaves to society’s demands.” However, unlike the Leopard Man, who claims to being living in “paradise,” is proud of what he has become which proves that he is the exact opposite. In the Article, ”The Sociology of Leopard Man,” by Logan Feyes, argues that in order to be an individual human, you must have “individual tastes, talents, values, and dreams that are distinct from those of others.” Feyes assertion is correct because
Chris McCandless abandoned the modern world and chose the wild because he believed that he could improve himself through living in the wild, and found the true happiness of the life. McCandless abandoned his wealthy family because of his complicated relationship with his father, and he was ashamed with his father’s adultery. Therefore, McCandless believed that human relationship was not the only thing that forms happiness, instead a man’s connection with the nature brings joy as well. He also believed the habitual lifestyle was not what people were meant to do, and people shouldn't have more possessions than what they need. For this reason, McCandless traveled with little effects.
Nature is shown in this manner, because it causes one to be completely isolated as they will be able to find their ultimate freedom with themselves. One can find their true identity and realize that materials do not make them the person they are, it is the experiences they encounter. McCandless’s journey into the wilderness shows that he was ready to change the way he was living and his surroundings. Changing his lifestyle, and going by another name, shows that he was rejecting the values forced upon him by his parents’, and that he wants to start creating values for himself. Nature played a huge part in allowing McCandless to reach his ultimate freedom by serving as a character itself.
This mistake removed the thoughts and actions of individuals, which is what allows a society to flourish. While the city in Ayn Rand’s novella uses a complex system of laws and government controls in hope of suppressing ego, they ultimately fail due to the fact that there will always be someone whose ego cannot be suppressed, which is why the society that Equality 7-2521’s has envisioned creating would include none of these rules. Anthem’s community removes individuality and in its place instates a sense of togetherness and collectivism in an attempt to eradicate ego. First, the assault on the individualistic nature of mankind is overwhelming evident in the moss-strewn marble engraving above the Palace of the World Council: "We are one in all and all in one. There are no men but only the great WE, One, indivisible and forever" (19).
Steinbeck implies that man turns against another human for the survival of the fittest; therefore, they do not mind to put another human in a situation that is challenging to survive. People in California perceived Okies as an outsider because they are scared of changes; therefore, they become racist to them so they cannot bring changes in their society. Steinbeck foreshadows the event occur in Birmingham in 1960s because when Martin Luther King was trying to end racisms in Birmingham, the native people fear of ending racism they level King as outsiders so he cannot stop segregation and no one can accept changes. In the document, “Letter from Birmingham Jail” he claims that “anyone who lives inside the U.S can never be considered as an outsider.” King acknowledges that if people live in the U.S. than they are not outsiders because they live inside the U.S; however native people perceived other people as an outsider because they do not want
The Paragon of Freedom Equality is something strived for by society, to liberate ourselves of oppression and be ourselves unconditionally. But, equality cannot be achieved by the oppression of others, it will only cause others to retaliate or resist. This can be seen in Ayn Rand’s novella Anthem, where she depicts this exactly, the protagonist, Equality, is a young man who has been assigned the job of a street sweeper by his society. Equality has grown up being wrongly taught that the individual is subordinate to the whole society, therefore being oppressed by a collectivist society; due to his inquisitive nature, sense of self, and desire for self-improvement, he is able to break free and practice individualism rather than the oppression he faced during his time in collectivist society. Equality’s inquisitivity shines through in
Thus, he is described as “not man enough/ to face the turmoil of a fight… and to risk his life”(1468-70). Through contrasting Beowulf’s readiness to kill Grendel’s mom and Unferth’s lack thereof, manliness is even more yearned for. The society can then use Beowulf’s standards and spurn Unferth’s behavior, forming a guide for individuals to
He wants to be a no one someone that is unnoticeable “men know him not”(Stoker17) to the outside world, to follow his own expectations, that he has build in his mind but that is not possible in the surrounding he is in, he wants to feel the “rush of humanity” again. In Transylvania, he could never achieve the image of the “perfect human” he wants to be. To achieve his dream he formed the “Idea of going to London” (Stoker 17) . He wants to follow rules and norms, he wants structure in his life since the “beast” part of him stole all of his structure, rules and norms in his home country he hopes to find a new life and stability in London “I long to go through the crowded streets of our mighty London…To share its life, its change, its death and all that makes it what it is” (Stoker
No matter who a person is or what others think of him or her, that person will always have the opportunity to change for the better; Nobody has the power to tell a person what he or she can or cannot do. In the novel, A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest J. Gaines, the protagonist, Jefferson discovers that he could change as a whole person and finally become a man, even under difficult circumstances. He is constantly discriminated and does not feel welcomed to the society. Throughout the majority of the novel, Jefferson believes he is his own stereotype and takes it to heart when he is being called a hog. Although he knows he will be exiled, Jefferson and his family hopes for a change in his heart.