An initial reading of “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair might appear to be literary fiction, further analysis suggest that it is primarily a work of propaganda. Sinclair uses the protagonist of the story, Jurgis Rudkus to show the difficulties the family went through. In “The Jungle” immigrants were not treated right and Sinclair exposes the human flaws of people to show how the lower class society was mistreated. The family experiences this when “Ona was sexually harassed” (chapter 15) by an upper class, puppet to the capitalist society, Conner. This disgusting man took advantage of a poor immigrant girl.
The Conscience is acquired through the use of punishment by the parents. In the case of the Joker, this sense of conscience was severely impaired. In a particular scene of the film, he describes his relationship with his father and about how he got the scars. As per the story, his father was a drinker who abused his mother and him, and caused the scars just to put a smile on his face, in a rather inappropriate situation. This disregard for normal human emotion may have resulted in the formation of a weak superego and a confused sense of right and wrong.
The justice looks like the major issue of the plot, as Abner’s actions are explained by himself and his family as a response to an insult. But it is clear the man’s logic is twisted; Abner Snopes provoked all incidents by himself to create a reason to excuse his desire for fires. The final scenes of the story suggest the justice was served, as the man was caught during his final crime. But this is also a complex situation, as other family members, who did not support Abner’s position directly, did not experience the improvement in their living conditions and even could be hurt or killed. The story starts with the description of a trial, where Abner Snopes was accused in burning of his neighbor’s barn.
The Power of the Individual Throughout American history, famous authors often protest injustices in society and help protect the rights of the people. One such author is Arthur Miller who wrote The Crucible, a tragedy set during the Salem witch trials, to protest the unjust hunt for suspected communists in 1950’s America. This era, known as McCarthyism, emerged from a fear of the expanding communist empire, resulting in hundreds of allegations against suspected communists by The House Un-American Activities Committee. Similarly, The Crucible, set in 1692, depicts the sudden burst of hysteria and fear in Salem, Massachusetts after witches were believed to be cursing the town. Miller uses the real events of the Salem Witch Trials and a fictional
A TV comedy writer, named Eric, was accused of being a communist just because he had belonged 10 years ago to a Communist Party. The agents are being aggressive towards him as he was interviewed. There is not a real exchange as the agent is being told what he wants to hear. Moreover, Eric is helped by his colleagues to answer the “right way” which is the one that would please the agent and hopefully get him out of trouble. Secondly, all of this mistrust and defiance as led among American citizens and the rest of the world a real terror of living a sort of
The Salem witch trials are remembered as one of the most disgraceful acts a village has ever committed. One of the main causes of these events are the bibliocentric views of the community at that time. People often called witch on their neighbors to get more land, or cried witch at someone they simply didn’t like. There were 19 hangings during the Salem Witch Trials and one of the main reasons for this was Reverend Parris. At the start of The Crucible, By Arthur Miller, you see that one of the central causes of the witch trials was because he was more concerned with his own reputation than the lives of others.
Evil vs Evil:Jack vs Macbeth People who thirst for power hungry will commit evil acts to remain in power. In the novel “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding, and the play “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare, there are two wicked characters who killed and manipulated for power. Take Jack, a once preppy choir boy turned tyrant and Macbeth a once brave and loyal warrior turned tyrant. Jack and Macbeth are two characters who are ambitious, whose personalities darkly change throughout their stories and who are evil. Jack is bent on power from the beginning whereas, Macbeth is manipulated by three witches and his wife to take power.
Salem was a small religious puritan colony near Boston, Massachusetts. The play parallels the 20th century paranoia about communism which prevailed across the American society and even reached Canada. The Crucible is a story about a small village run by fear, religious fanaticism and rising panic where people are condemned and sentenced to death with no evidence. In Salem, good and evil have their obvious rules, opposition is not merely illegal, It is associated with satanic power (Bly
In short it is a clear example of McCarthyism – or making accusations without the proper regard for evidence. A term that was developed during the 1950s as terror of communism grew and developed. The Crucible takes place in Salem, Massachusetts during the infamous “Salem Witch Trials of 1692”. Although fiction, it very well portrays what was going on at the time. These people cried out witchcraft against their neighbors, with alternate motives in the back of their minds.
Bliss is the novel that narrates story of Harry Joy; after his first death, his perspective to the life is completely changed with his illumination of the world’s cruelty. The protagonist, Harry Joy, has divided the society in three main groups after his illumination: Captives, Actors and those in charge. Briefly, those in charge are head of hell, who plans and organize the evil; Actors are involved in evil but they are just playing the roles and captives are the innocent-ish people like Harry Joy. Even Harry can categorize people as evil or innocent, the book doesn’t allow the reader to classify characters as ‘’bad’’ or ‘’good’’. The author adduces the character’s both bad sides and good sides.