Feinstein claimed she "heard the door close" and "the unmistakable shots." She opened the door to Milk's office, "saw his body" and "tried to get a pulse, but could not." Psychiatrists with Schmidt told jurors that Dan White was so depressed and sleepless, that he lacked the capacity to convict him of first-degree murder. This defense, called a diminished capacity defense, also known as "the Twinkie defense" after psychiatrist Dr. Martin Blinder said that White might have been "gorging himself on Twinkies." And according to Blinder, research suggests that junk food binging can affect your mental states.
Peter Weller once stated, “Television is an isolating experience, sadly enough. But as good as it ever gets, it’s still isolating. You sit in your home and visit with no one.” Staring into the television screen, zoned out and mesmerized, our minds are living the life of the characters in the movie or TV show. In today’s society, people obsess over there shows instead of there family, friends, and children. The television has seized our minds, ignoring what’s happening around us.
Every person is unique and have their own opinions on certain topics. In the novel, Anthem, by Ayn Rand, she talks of the struggles of an egotistical individual with greater curiosity than his society allows. This man, Equality 7-2521, creates the invention of electricity, and instead of being applauded, he is condemned. He struggles through the various rules and laws of his society, for he is completely different from all of his brothers. In an excerpt called “The Soul of an Individualist”, Rand elaborates on the idea of an individualist, and allows the reader to get a better view at how passionate she is about one’s self.
Using symbolism adds to the depth and understanding of the story, it helps you “read inbetween the lines” and develop a better understanding of the story overall. In the story there were many symbols that were used, a good one is the character, Harrison Bergeron. Harrison was George and Hazel’s son, but he was different, and wanted the world to change. He is a symbol that represents a spark of defiance and individuality that exists in some people today. Harrison is an exaggerated character, who hungers for power, and this is evident when he storms into the T.V studio and crowns himself emperor.
He turned to alcohol, making the people around him concerned. After many struggles as a drunk, his determination returns through God after a compelling speech from an evangelist: “When they entered the apartment, Louie went straight to his cache of liquor. It was the time of night when the need usually took hold of him, but for the first time in years, Louie had no desire to drink. He carried the bottles to the kitchen sink, opened them, and poured their contents into the drain. Then he hurried to the apartment, gathering packs of cigarettes, a secret stash of girlie magazines, everything that was part of his ruined years.
Harrison is now on screen, it shows him being good looking, strong, and intelligent. He rips off all his handicap items and asks a ballerina to join him. The handicapper Diana Moon Glampers comes in and kills him with a shotgun because of him being “better”. “Harrison Bergeron” relates to the lives the North Korean civilians must endure because in their way of living they are not allowed to be higher up whatsoever. North Korea is a dictatorship country where the civilians are treated like peasants and the higher ups (government rulers & military) are treated like kings.
Harrison Bergeron is a novel where the author is expressing what he thinks society is leading to and what the problems are. Harrison Bergeron is the main character and his points of view and thinking matters are interesting to investigate. This author made everyone the same. Societies are pressuring people to become the same and making people think that if they don 't look or act some sort of way, they don 't matter or serve to our world, causing many people to go to certain limits and even causing suicide as a solution. In the story, everyone thinks the same, everyone walks the same, hears the same.
Tv/ media is also a frequent motif throughout and it’s appearance draws our attention to the importance of media in controlling and convincing people. Yes, people are willing to submit to government. Even George, who is intelligent, is a law abiding citizen when it comes to removing weights from himself, even when the reader is led to believe that if not for his handicap and the grip of government control that he would ultimately come to the conclusion that the system is flawed. The idea of equality which is spread through the powerful tool that is the media, practically brainwashes people into tolerating the misery that is a world without good music, art, dance, ect. and constant physical and mental discomfort.
When the innkeeper arrived with their food, she asked Charlie and Eli a few questions. “Charlie did not answer, but dropped to a couch and buried his fist in her stomach, after which she fell back onto a chair and sat bent over, drooling and coughing and generally struggling to regain her breath and composure” (Dewitt 183) Eli stood his ground and did not interfere, while Charlie did what he could to get Morris’ journal. Instead of persuading or bribing the innkeeper Charlie assumed beating her up is the way to handle it. Letting his dark side take over bit by bit Eli sees no way of Charlie 's light side to shine again. Changing a person 's perspective on a subject is next to impossible because their mindset is fixed onto a certain way in which they think is the right way, no matter what the situation
During the writing of “The Declaration of Independence”, Thomas Jefferson go to great lengths to describe why the colonies were choosing to separate themselves from Great Britain. This is done not only so readers will have a detailed description of what the American people were facing while being ruled by the King. The vivid depiction of all the cruelty he has shown towards the people. Furthermore, the lengthy, highly descriptive examination of all the wrongs and showing that the colonists made many appeals to the King but also the people of Britain that the reader now feels as if it is wrong for the Colonies to be under Great Britain. Thomas Jefferson begins by detailing the ethical standings of all people that live within the colonies.