The Virtue of Mortality Ayn Rand’s story of Anthem takes place in an oppressive, Communist-like society of the future, where there is no individual - only the great “WE.” Subjects of this dreary civilization have no rights - existing solely to serve the state for a lifetime in their assigned position. The protagonist of the story, Equality 7-2521, is a gifted young man who is different from his fellow brothers. Equality desires to be a scientist, but instead, the government commands him to be a Street Sweeper out of fear of his mind and curiosity. Equality’s view of mortality at the end of the novel versus his society’s view on it is polar opposites; his society’s institutions, practices, and officials reveal this difference. The struggle of this brilliant young man to live, think, and love on his own shows just how difficult it is to flourish in a Communist society - a society the world must never
Through the communication with his father and the friendship that he developed with Leka, he realizes that his life is in his own hands and he should not allow any factors to overcome or even undermine himself. At the beginning, he thought if he embraces all the “ standard ideas” that are held by his father, he will feel appreciative and pleasant. However, it is totally in an adverse consequence. In virtue of the behavior that he wakes “ the Polack” from the nightmares, it discloses his bravery of withstanding his father’s extreme theory and his rationally to balance the influences that are imposed by others ( from his father, the pulp mill men, Leka). According to the transformation of Stephen, the writer affirmed his idea that no matter how huge or how compelled the situation is, individuals are the sole persons that can alter their lives.
As seen at the beginning of the novel, Johnny is the boy from the wrong side of the track, and while the story unrolls, Johnny starts to become a hero. Johnny's selfless action of saving kids from a fire and not regretting his choice makes him a hero. The second quality that makes Johnny a hero is his empathy towards others and his actions. At the beginning of the novel, Johnny was known as the "lost puppy." He was never one to think the best of himself, he was humble and shy.
Mccandless sense of self confidence while trying to find his identity helped him to progress in life, but was also his greatest downfall; Into the Wild demonstrates self confidence as not an unacceptable trait to have, but the significance of the negative or positive effects it can possess. Confidence played a big role in Mccandless life, so much that he created relationships with his family and other people that caused him to go on his adventures. Throughout this book Mccandless expresses his hate towards his parents. When he was old enough to realize that his dad had cheated on his mom this particular aspect changed him. He wanted nothing to do with his parents.
In John Wyndham’s novel, The Chrysalids, the reader is introduced to an apocalyptic world, where a young boy named David tries to survive his strict community that is against any differences. Uncle axel is the only supportive adult figure in David’s life that protects him and guides him to become the person he is today. While David comes to terms with his deviation axel provides protection and advice to cope with his difference. He uses past knowledge to offer ideas to stay safe as a group. Uncle axel teaches David that being different is not always a bad thing and actually a good thing.
In post apocalyptic times there is no right or wrong anymore, no laws and cultural norms no longer apply. Loss of innocence has affected Finn most deeply in the novel as he has had to grow and develop in maturity, in order to survive., "I want to scream and yell… I want to say it 's not fair. I want to say we 're only kids and we shouldn 't have to deal with this stuff, that there should be more adults like ray to help us." Finn expresses his emotions here to show how cruel post-apocalyptic times are. He tells us how as a teenager he has to do things that no 16-year-old should have to go through and that there should be adults like Ray to
In the Universal situation, this pushes the father and boy to come closer and only have to worry about each other. The father shepherds the boy all the way though the movie and if the mother would have been there this would have never happen and could have caused the boy and father to get caught and would have been killed. Even though the father tried to hold on the the mother though memories these would eventually be altered by the cryptic environment. There are a few times though the movie the father talk to the boy about ending his life if somethings was to happen to him. This show the hardships they went through all the way to the end of the movie.
Throughout the novella Anthem the society disregards citizens having thoughts of their own. Prometheus, who has always been a free thinker, has always felt out of place in this society. As the novel progresses Prometheus comes to appreciate his trait of independent thinking. At the ending of the novella Prometheus comes to understand that what society sees as unethical is actually a valuable trait to have. Prometheus writes that he finally recognizes ‘why the best in me has been my sins and my transgressions; and why I had never felt guilt in my sins” in the concluding chapter of Anthem (Rand, 98).
"We are one in all and all in one. There are no men but only the great WE, One, indivisible and forever’”(Rand 19). In Ayn Rand’s dystopian novel, Anthem, the citizens are trained from birth to think only in the plural, to the point where they cannot even conceive of individuals, but only see each other as part of the whole group. Rand’s protagonist, Equality 72521, begins the novel as a street-sweeper who is devoted to the group, but begins to move towards individuality as he progresses towards pure selfishness, as Rand believes we all should. Rand uses the words “we” and “I” to represent Equality’s journey from being dependent on the group, to being utterly independent of everyone.
“Closing your eyes isn 't going to change anything. Nothing 's going to disappear just because you can 't see what 's going on” ~Haruki Marukami. In This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff, Jack experiences desire and desperation for self recreation,promises made/promises broken, and escapism through his imagination. Majority of Jacks lies often seem real to him so he believes in his lies for self-recreation. Jack is promised many gifts all the way from his childhood to teenage years and he does not receive them.
At the beginning of the book, Jem is an innocent child. He takes part in the Boo Radley game with no regard to the people in the Radley house that can hear him and the other children making fun of Boo. Jem soon begins to realize that Boo is more than just childhood superstition and he is not the monster that the town makes him out to be. Jem’s view of what bravery is grows throughout the story, as well. At the beginning of the book, Jem’s definition of bravery is touching the Radley house and he believes himself to be brave because, “In all his life, Jem had never declined a dare” (Lee, p.13).
The Giver What would life be like without empathy, diversity and memories? Life would be much like The Giver Community. The Giver is about a boy named Jonas who lives in a community that takes place in the future. This community believes in Sameness. Sameness has taken away values such as empathy, diversity, and memories for a peaceful, stable community.
The majority of his perspectives on life and society originated from the hatred that he felt towards his parents; he opposed all that they wanted for him. In the event that Chris would have forgiven them, he likely would 've came back home. At the end of the film, when he is dying slowly, Chris realizes that “Happiness is only real when shared.” (Into the Wild). This is the most important quote of the movie because his entire journey was to find his happiness and discover himself. Looking back from the beginning of the trip when he meets many interesting strangers who helped him to friends he made along the way.
Personal Reactions: I liked how Lev’s character was developed throughout the story. Lev’s main focus in the beginning of the book is to escape from his “kidnappers” and be tithed like his parents wanted, but he is so focused on obeying his parents that he doesn’t notice the people who he thinks kidnapped him are trying to save him from being unwound. As the story progresses it’s obvious Lev no longer feels the same way, this is shown on page 226 when Shusterman states, “Once he landed in the safe-house network, he quickly made it known that he was not a guy to be trifled with. He didn’t tell them he was a tithe. Instead, he told them his parents signed the order to have him unwound after he was arrested for armed robbery”.
Many times in dystopian literature, characters are faced with problems to do with their governments, but are forced to live with it or stand up to it. In, The Giver, by Lois Lowry, the curious Jonas lives in a community where everything is the same and there is no change, but when he turns 12 he becomes the receiver of memory, a job where he learns about the real world. After learning the truth, he escapes the confines of his community bringing Gabriel, a young child, with him. On the hand, In Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., people are given handicaps to maintain the same intelligence level. For example, the main character, Harrison is a genius who escapes his handicaps and and makes the citizens happy by having fun with them and teaching