“The righteousness of the blameless keeps his ways straight, but the wicked falls by his own wickedness”(Prov. 11:5). The story, “A Christmas Carol”, is about a cold-hearted man named Scrooge who transforms himself into a jolly, kind man when three Ghosts teach Scrooge about the spirit of Christmas. In the story, Charles Dickens illustrates the theme of how no one is past redemption through the transformation of Scrooge’s personality by the lessons of the Spirits. At the beginning of the story, Scrooge’s selfish personality is revealed, and the Ghost of Christmas Past comes and shows him the memories and truth of his life long ago.
He says “I should like to be able to say a word or two to my clerk just now! That’s all!” Scrooge sees all of the fun that Fezziwig is having and wants to have that fun again. He can only have the fun if he decided to give Cratchit the day off. The next morning Scrooge gets another unsuspected visitor, the Ghost of Christmas Present. He takes
At the beginning, one of the few phrases Scrooge would say was, “Good afternoon!”, which he used to dismiss a conversation he deemed “unworthwhile”. Later in the book, when the Ghost of Christmas Present visits Scrooge, he sees the Christmas party occurring at Fred’s house, where he previously refused to go. Seeing the party, Scrooge actually got excited and thought it fun. This opens his heart to be more social and later in the book, he is depicted starting conversations and shouting in the street. “A merry Christmas to everybody!
Beowulf makes known that “no man but [himself] could hope to defeat this monster, [and] no one could try.” Beowulf wants to have this fight all to himself, so he can take all of the glory. He is too selfish to conclude that only he could defeat the monster alone. Beowulf cannot be thought of as a hero because “Beowulf only longed for fame.” Beowulf does not perform heroic deeds just to save the citizens, but to receive more admiration from the citizens. Beowulf is only thinking about himself. Performing these acts alone just to get the fame forms the quality of selfishness in Beowulf.
In fact, Rand states, “We are one in all and all in one. There are no men but only the great WE, One, indivisible and forever”(19). No one is seen as their own personal individual. Although, everything throughout society is seen as a whole, Anthem’s societies believe in the thought of collectivism because it destroys the individualism within societies. Correspondingly Vonnegut stated, “ Ordinarily, there was a certain symmetry, a military neatness to the handicaps issued to the strong people, but Harrison looked like a walking junkyard.
In fact, he is characterized as “a genius, an athlete”. Harrison's just crime was taking control of the TV studio, yet his motives exceeded the crime. He was shot for presenting the world to excellence. Conclusion One of the reasons Harrison perceives that the inequality of forcing strong individuals (those physically, mentally, and intellectually) to surrender their strength for a systematic soceity of equivalent and honest residents (Joodaki & Mahdiany). This story is dealing with widespread subjects of equality, power, freedom and and media impact.
“An irrational society is a society of moral cowards – of men paralyzed by the loss of moral standards, principles, and goals” (86) says Rand, and I feel that too far have the men in the society sunk away from moral standards, like putting their knowledge to use and expanding it, simply because they do not believe in judging others for fear of what others may see in them, especially Equality since he always abides by the strict standards with fear of the civilization itself. Equality would certainly agree with Rand’s advice, “One must never fail to pronounce moral judgement”, as Equality did by leaving the controlled society that brainwashed
The laws the government had in Anthem helped achieve total equality. There’s this one word that you cannot say in the society: “there is no crime punished by death in this world, save this one crime of speaking the unspeakable word.” (Rand, 49). Anthem’s society has a law that will get you killed for saying one word. With laws like these everyone will be too scared to do anything wrong keeping the society equal behavior wise. The lack of education in this society is certainly important in the process but so is the fact that the people in the society had no individuality.
After the Great Rebirth technology was destroyed. They had no electricity, no light, nothing but candles and paper. In this primitive, collectivist society Equality feels guilty for breaking the laws but at the end, he realize there is no reason for him to feel guilty. In the first and second chapter, it started off “It is a sin to write this” (1; ch.1). Equality always knew he was an unusual and odd boy to begin with.
Most relationships begin with some form of communication, whether it is verbal or non-verbal, so being able to communicate effectively is important for developing positive relationships whether with children of differing age groups or adults. The way we come across i.e. the tone and volume of our voice, our body language, whether we keep eye contact etc. and the messages this sends out is important because if we relate to others in a positive way then it will be easier to develop a more positive relationship. Another important factor of effective communication is being able to listen fully to what is being said and to respond in an appropriate way whether it is to another adult, a teenager or a child.