The threat of Communism and the Red Scare put fear of group mentality into many people during the late 1940-50s. The authors of 1984 and The Crucible used their respective works to comment on the social injustice going on in their own lives, which connects to injustice the exists throughout time anywhere in the world. Miller wrote his play, set in 1692, about Puritans and the Salem witch trials because he believed that, similar to his trial for HUAC in the 1950s, the trials in Salem were caused by false accusations and mass hysteria led by powerful individuals. In 1984, Orwell creates a world in the near future that shows group mentality and its threat to conform society with the government. In The Crucible, Arthur Miller illustrates a world
The Twilight Zone and Its Effect on Modern Culture: “The Twilight Zone” is a science fiction TV show first aired on CBS in 1959. It had a powerful impact that lasted for decades to come. It questioned societal norms and encouraged people to “think outside the box”. It reflected a time of unease during the Korean War in a society with McCarthyism and fear of the atomic bomb. This led Rob Serling to create a show that pushed the limits and covertly expressed topics taboo to discuss openly at the time.
As in, Parris words against Proctor “Be ware this man” (111.70).Also, Parris makes the court asks Proctor, why he is not go to the church lately a lot and also why his third child has not been baptized (111.70). That questions have reduced of Proctor’s situation at the court. In addition, Parris’s anger toward Proctor pushes the judge to be restrained and furies against Proctor. Also, proctor’s answer shows the hatred between
Through dialogue, Miller exemplifies Reverend Parris’ “fear” of the town’s “faction against him” (35) and of losing “good respect in the parish” (20) through his denial of his daughter’s affliction by “witchcraft” (22). In resemblance to “fearful” Parris (45), the townsfolk in High Noon are revealed to be “scared” and self-centred at the church service where Kane desperately pleads for support. A councilman vehemently urges Kane to leave instead of risking a deadly encounter with Miller “for the sake of the town”. The councilman’s self-seeking nature is evidenced through his argument that “it’s better for [the townsfolk]” or investors “up North” will not “put up factories” and “everything [they] worked for will be wiped out”. While the townsfolk’s self-interest is in prioritising the town’s future needs ahead of its safety, Parris’ selfishness is depicted through his greed for monetary compensation including “firewood” (34), being “the first minister ever” to “demand the deed to his house” (34).
The author of Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury, has been recorded saying “We bombard people with sensation. That substitutes for the thinking.” Although, it might at first look as though Bradbury is looking into the future, towards the end you are more clearly able to see that he is actually talking about present time. As this book was published in 1953, a lot of significant historical events had recently ended. The influence of new technology, the discrimination against many types of people, the banning of books, and just so many things happening at once overwhelms and gives the people a false sensation. What I think Bradbury is trying to say is that the government is trying to give the people of the town a sensation of happiness so that they don’t necessarily think about the things, like banding books and how they are or were being controlled.
As The Hunger Games Katniss Everdeen defies the capital for the betterment of her people, so do many other literary figures. Some of these characters include Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and Sophocles’s Antigone. Both of these characters convey the theme of rejecting society, as they rebel against society or authority to stay true to themselves. Huckleberry ignores society because he wants his independence and doesn’t want to be held back by anyone. On the other hand, Antigone only stands up to her uncle, the king, because she wants to bury and pay her respects to her dead brother, who rebelled against the city.
In the novel several times people tell Atticus that he doesn’t raise his kids right, for example Miss Maudie says “”...erected an absolute morphodite in that yard! Atticus, you’ll never raise ‘em!””,(91), Ms.Dubose, as well as Aunt Alexandria also agree that he not an adequate father because he tells his kids the truth. Even though Atticus raised his
Slaughterhouse Five and Reality Written in 1969, Slaughterhouse Five is a semi-autobiographical novel by Kurt Vonnegut. Since it was first published it has been a highly contested title. By the mid-eighties it was being banned by the Supreme Court for being “...just plain filthy.” (Paulson) The banning itself was, and still is, highly controversial. Critics pointing to sexual content, explicit language, and anti-Americanism are often themselves called prude or anti-constitution. Although it contains both sexually explicit and violent content, Slaughterhouse Five should be included in upper level high school curriculums because it provides a window into the harshness of reality and introduces students to realistic scenarios such as sex, violence, and profanity, which are ultimately beneficial for students to understand and be exposed to.
The situation in Selma provided King and the SCLC with a villain versus hero plot that seemed to come straight from Hollywood. In a letter addressed to the editor of the Washington Post, James P. Davis a concerned citizen who witnessed the events of bloody Sunday on television unintentionally juxtaposed an evil versus innocent mentality into what he witnessed. He mentions the police several times as “blood thirsty” and the protesters as innocent. The appeal of a ready-made storyline drew King to Selma. Unfortunately, even with the story line plot that Selma provided King’s faith in Selma ability to make nightly news wane.
The Red Scare during the mid-twentieth century, sparked by Joseph McCarthy’s accusations, is an event in which mass fear and paranoia of communism hypnotized Americans. Convictions made by McCarthy often placed people on a blacklist, destroying their careers. Because of these certain events, it influences playwright Arthur Miller to write The Crucible. The play demonstrates this hysteria through the Salem witch trials. People who were thought to be a witch have a choice of blackening their reputation by confessing, or hanging under the false evidence of witchcraft.
The tests in determining if one was a witch were centuries old and based in religion. The explanations for this mass hysteria are mixed. Some scholars blame the strange symptoms and panic on the hallucinogenic effects of ergot poisoning. John Updike theorized in his novel The
The reason this painting is named “Crop Failure” is because columbine is also the name of a flower. Crop is being used to represent harvest and bringing up children in the correct way. Harris and Klebold are two examples of crop failure because they were brought up very poorly. Instead of blaming the parents, the farmers who harvested them in this instance, people would rather blame the entertainers. The parents do not want to acknowledge that they are not showing their children love or raising them properly, so they would rather condemn heavy metal or violent video games instead.