The author presents this to us by showing the reaction John had as soon as he entered to the alpha plus classroom. “Five minutes in that Alpha Double Plus classroom left John a trifle bewildered” (Huxley). We can see that the alpha plus boys take a higher level education that provides them greater knowledge, since knowledge is power, they are educated to be the most powerful people in society. Each social class has a built in mindset that makes them think their social condition is more suitable than others. According to Huxley, every person needs to be happy with what they do.
Bradbury’s stories follow a similar genre which is a dystopian feeling where the characters realize what the world has come to be (“Fahrenheit”). Fahrenheit 451, takes place in a dystopia or “... a dehumanizing environment… where the state keeps citizens in thrall be denying them the kinds of positive, useful intellectual stimuli found in books” (Huntington 107). A dystopia is a future where life is appalling. In their attempt to make a perfect future, the government instead created a dystopia where people are destroying their only sense of truth, joy and humanity (Hamblen). Bradbury is trying to convey that, “Dystopian novels show that any attempt at establishing utopia will only make matters much worse” (Dietz).
Bloom’s Eros Specialization is not one of the major themes in Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind. However, I find it necessary to address what Bloom calls eros. In my opinion, this is a very important term that has to be dealt with in order to reasonably discuss the impact and role of specialization in today’s society later on. Bloom describes a person’s eros as “the enticing awareness of incompleteness and the quest to overcome it (p.132)”. The longing for intellectual completeness, according to Bloom, is also the longing for education.
In democratic countries, people often believe that they are free to choose their destinies, while in fact, everyone’s life is controlled in one way or another. The idea of manipulated life and freedom is a popular subject in dystopian fiction and film. The novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, the film Never Let Me Go by Mark Romanek, and the TV episode “Number 12 Looks Just Like You”, Twilight Zone are all examples of exploring how social control of life and freedom does not benefit the individuals. Life has been controlled by society. In Brave New World, the World Controllers control people’s intelligence by manipulating the oxygen amount supplied to their embryos.
Jacob Irish Irish 1 Ms. Matthews HSE 3: Period 5 3 November 2014 Conformity versus Individuality “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment” (Ralph Waldo Emerson). Conformity and equality may seem desirable at first; however, it actually takes away one’s individuality. Ray Bradbury warned about this in his novel Fahrenheit 451. His novel takes place in a futuristic society in which advanced technology and government censorship erases any interest in books and establishes the enjoyment of simple pastimes as suspicious. Due to technological advances which have produced fire-proof houses, firemen burn books.
The book, Fahrenheit 451, written by Ray Bradbury brought to light some scary yet plausible ideas on the future of the world. In the novel, firemen are ordered to burn books and the public is brainwashed into worrying more about materialistic happiness than taking the time to think. The epigraph at the beginning of the book reads, “If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.” This quote is Ray’s way of drawing attention to the simple fact that although society will do its best to conform people to their liking, people must always challenge to question and rebel against the norm. One way this epigraph ties well with the book would be the ongoing challenging of the society that the main character, Montag, does all throughout the book. A prime example of this being the time when Montag had a lengthy and thought-provoking conversation with his wife, Mildred, on pages 146-151.
Henry Ford was famous for the perfection of mass production and the assembly line. Throughout reading the book, the citizens honor Ford like we honor our Lord or Christ. This gives the reader the idea that society in the book has no sense of religion it also shows us that religion has been replaced with technolo. In Brave New World, humans are massed produced and grown with the help of the assembly line. Production and efficiency stand out as two values that are taken very seriously in the book.
Our differences are what makes us unique. The different traits from one another will be the one thing that will help you later in life. People who see things differently end up changing the world or having an effect on it. The author talks about how every single one of us is weird, and uses Benjamin Franklin as an example. The article “Isn’t Everyone a Little Bit Weird” explains how Benjamin Franklin was “One of the framers of the United States Constitution, Franklin (1706-1790) was a leading author, political theorist, politician, scientist, inventor, activist, and businessperson” (Isn’t Everyone a Little Bit Weird 3).
The Veldt Essay “The Veldt” is a short story written by Ray Bradbury and he talks about an issue that we are dealing with in our modern time, and it’s how newer technologies are taking over our minds and lifestyles.The author, Bradburry, is trying to prove that depending so much on technology and gadgets would ruin life styles and it brainwashes the people’s mind. Newer technology is also responsible for separating families apart, taking over the newer generation’s minds, and finally it causes the technology owners to become lazier and less productive. To begin with, technology is clearly separating family members apart since everyone is busy using some sort of technology that is distracting them from bonding or even connecting with one another every once in a while. The father was upset regarding how technology is affecting their family in a bad way so he proceeded to say this, “Why don’t we shut the whole house off for a few days and take a vacation”. Shutting the technology off the whole house would be significant for the parents, since it will help retrieve their role in the family much more and giving them a purpose in the house.
Take for example the World State’s motto which can be found on the very first page of the text. “Community, Identity, Stability.” (Huxley, 1) This phrase is ironic because in order for there to be stability in a community such as Brave New World, there cannot be identity. From birth, this sense of identity is lost for all caste members expect for the Alphas and Betas, since Gammas, Deltas and Epsilons are all essentially cloned. In addition, everyone is dressed the same, which adds to a sense of community, which in turn creates a stable society, but by doing so, identity is