Conformity is gradually oppressing the world in which we live in. This ideal is prominently illustrated in the film Pleasantville which is directed, and produced by Gary Ross. Pleasantville is a great demonstration of the dangers of abiding by society’s expectations, and the freedoms that come with rebelling to these expectations and embracing change. Gary Ross uses several literary techniques such as; colour (symbolism), and character development to indicate the lack of creativity, and originality in society. Throughout the film, Ross illustrates how obstructive conformity can be to society, and how rewarding rebelling to societal norms can be for not only self growth, but societal advancement as well.
Fahrenheit 451 brilliantly illustrates a life where censorship eliminates thought provoking activities and replaces such activities with those of instant gratification. Censorship is a controversial topic that often confuses the common person. “Censorship, the suppression of words, images, or ideas that are ‘offensive,’ happens whenever some people succeed in imposing their personal political or moral values on others” (“What is Censorship” 1). Knowing the definition of censorship allows for the ability to discern suppression from the whole truth. Why censor in the first place?
The fictional world is full of chaos, as people tend to prefer unstable theories to countless philosophies. Specifically, there is a literary shift from linearity and order to randomness and fragmentation. Consequently, Postmodernist writers understand that their works are subject to interpretation; however, they believe that the flexibility of understanding in texts is the basis for the development of innovative ideas in society. Moreover, Kurt Dinan writes in a nonlinear, flexible fashion by writing with a component of Mystery. Subsequently, the reader can make different predictions on what will occur throughout Don’t Get Caught, and the ability to predict and analyze uniquely is one of the principal ideals of Postmodernist literature.
One could say that the narration of Swift reversed the tone of celebrating and cheering explorers and voyagers who until now used these encounters with foreign cultures to stress the superiority of the western one, thus justifying every single thing done to the populations and the lands of those foreign
The post war era was characterised by the excess and the pursuit of pleasure, which was a reaction to the shift in thinking about reality. The world became more secularised and deprived of spiritually defined meaning. The hedonism and consumerism was a way to escape the mundane reality and counteract the dullness of life as well as a means to define oneself. However, the enchantment experienced by Fitzgerald’s characters was an antidote which allowed them to see the world as a place full of wonder and not merely an escape.
Neal Gabler defines entertainment in his book Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality as a damaging power which is able to “ruin” society (Gabler, 1998). However, according to Longman Dictionary, entertainment refers to “things such as films, television, performances etc that are intended to amuse or interest people”; to be more objective, it “entails communication via external stimuli, which reaches a generally passive audience and gives some portion of that audience pleasure” (Bates & Ferri, 2010). The contradiction of these definitions shows that entertainment makes both negative and positive influences on society, so it is not entertainment itself, but the way how it is used by human beings has the capacity to “ruin” or improve
The elimination of any potential grey area creates a stark contrast between a supposed hero and a supposed villain, a depiction that is often not only quite erroneous but also unfair. Specifically, although the exclusion of “state terror” may make discussion easier (Gage 78), it also hinders important conversation with regards to government oppression and potentially justified retaliation on the part of “rebels” (Gage 78). With this limitation of discussion comes about an inherent stifling of questioning, particularly with regards to the status quo. This, thus, enables not only violent actions of the state to be largely left out of discussion, but also violent actions that encourage the status quo and reactionary sentiment. Right-wing violence that seeks to protect a status quo receives less reaction and intervention from governments than left-wing violence that seeks change (Gage 89).
Despite the fact that a few of the names of Dumas ' family members and friends may be perceived as a bit humorous in English, the primary reason of contrasting the names in Farsi opposed to the English interpretations is to show the distinction between divergent names and cultures. The comparison demonstrates an example of how a name can have a beautiful meaning in one culture, yet can be marred and mocked in other cultures solely because of the pronunciation. Additionally, the comparison gives insight into a miniscule portion of the ridicule received by immigrants based off of their name or culture. This ridicule faced by immigrants, in my opinion, seems extremely offensive to not only the individual confronted with mockery, but to the individual
Television programs often retain an aspect of reality in order to relate to the audience and commentate on social issues. Although both The Goldbergs and The Twilight Zone address controversial issues such as gender roles, insanity, and ethnic stereotypes, genre differentiates their approach and their audiences’ receptiveness to change. Whereas The Goldbergs, an ethnic sitcom, addresses the external world using comedic relief, The Twilight Zone, a science fiction program, delves into the human mind using imagination. Despite their common efforts to direct social change, the programs are inverse images of one another, and The Twilight Zone’s genre structure allows it to resonate more with the audience. From 1949 to 1956, The Goldbergs dominated television as the first televised sitcom.
First, a stronger media censorship should be adopted because the ideals found in media are embedded in the listener’s and/or viewer’s mind, which results in them making irresponsible and negligent choices. Any thought, sound, or idea, whether it be relevant or not, that is received by the human brain is retained within the mind. Similarly, when the human brain is exposed to a movie, song, commercial, etc. that contains vulgarity and negative imagery, the message contained in the
In conclusion we see many contrasting ideas in the epic and the movie. We see characters that were added solely for more entertainment purposes and drama. Beowulf is portrayed to have more human qualities rather than being boastful and proud like in the epic. The culture and society we live in now so much more different than it was at the time of the story. We are so used to the drama and tragedy of today’s culture, that we have to adjust already amazing stories to fit the our need.
In this week’s reading, “Spanish Conquest” by Elizabeth Carmichael and Chloe Sayer discuss the subjugation, ethnocide, and struggle the indigenous population of Mexico endured during the Spanish conquest. The Spanish conquistador, Hernan Cortez, enslave and forced the Aztecs to believe that Christianity was the one true religion. Therefore, the indigenous people were forced to convert their faith through the Spanish missionaries to lose their indigenous roots. Later, the authors explain the many difficulties and conflicts Spanish priest underwent to teach the Christian faith to the Aztecs. The Spanish friar first taught the indigenous people Christianity in Nahuatl.
One of the questions brought up in class was how the soldaderas related to La Malinche or Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the idea that came to my mind was that both the soldaderas and Our Lady of Guadalupe both pushed the Mexican culture forward. An example that Salas points out is the issue regarding the food that the soldiers ate. Salas states that the American soldiers would eat food that the cooks would make in mess halls. The Mexican soldiers refused to eat the food and soon the United Statians realized that the soldiers would only eat the soldadera’s Mexican food. Had the soldaderas not been present in that scenario, it is safe to assume that the soldiers would have eventually given into eating the food the US gave them.
Chavez also makes full use of the morals of his readers when convincing them to gift him their support. Published in a religious magazine, Chavez’s article appeals to readers’ sense of religious duty by invoking god. By advocating that God has mandated that life is not something that can be taken away he sways many of the deeply religious to his side. He also appeals to readers’ sense of humanity and virtue, portraying nonviolence as something for those who don’t want to exploit the weak or poor and for those who truely care about people. His audience’s morality will not let them be a part of a “vicious type of oppression” or have victory come at the “expense of injury … and death” or even “lose regard for human beings.”