Ayn Rand’s Anthem depicts a collectivist society where no man is allowed to be an individual. Due to this society making the people believe that there is no “I” but only a “we” the people of the community blindly believe what the higher power tells them. The people in the society of Anthem live with jobs that the head of the government give them and emotion is pushed to the side, all leading to Equality questioning and eventually breaking the law. Equality is a symbol of identity within Anthem who rebels against the system secretly. The ideals and rules of a collectivist society represented in Anthem by Ayn Rand show that collectivism is not an efficient way to create peace and order in a society. The society that Ayn Rand created was only
In Dead Poets Society, A Death of a Salesman, and Unbroken, the theme of "battle against conformity" is expressed through the main character's reactions to overwhelming societal pressures, the reasons behind conformity, and the consequences of characters willingness to forsake their individuality. (Thesis)
“There are many costs to modern society…but the most dangerous loss may be the community,” wrote Sebastian Junger in his book Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging. The genius of Junger reveals that even with all of its benefits, modern society will crumble from lack of a community experience. “The beauty and the tragedy of the modern world is that it eliminates many situations that require people to demonstrate a commitment to the collective good,” he writes.
Equality 7-2521’s perspective on society shifts due to his realizations. In the novel “Anthem,” all of the members of a collective society conform to a set of regulations where everyone is equal and together at all times. However, Equality 7-2521 decides to commit the most significant sin by working alone and having his own thoughts, which he never regrets. Equality 7-2521’s eventual assessment of his sin is correct because he often feels safer on his own, and isolation causes him to make incredible discoveries.
Individual loyalties greatly affect entire communities, especially in the Civil War novel, ‘The Killer Angels’. One person’s choice to do something (or not do something) will inevitably affect the lives of those around them. As French philosopher, Jean-Paul Sartre once said, “We are our choices.” Each choice changes dozens of things, just as each cause has many effects.
Society is fooled into believing in the applied connection among people. Benedict Anderson’s idea of imagined communities emphasizes that, “… the members of even the smallest nation will never know most of their fellow-members, meet them, or even hear of them, yet in the minds of each lives the image of their communion” (5). Members of neighborhoods, cities, states, or countries feel a sense of unity with other members for living in the same place or maybe having the same basic values, but true unity comes from understanding the similarities among each other, considering the impact a person can have on another, and caring about lives. Recognizing the importance of lives being socially intertwined is necessary to sustain a considerate society.
Have you ever felt controlled by society? In 1692, the community of Salem in Massachusetts was based in societal control. The play The Crucible by Arthur Miller shows how in the past societal control was an important part of the people's life in Salem. Today in our community has a lot of factors that control our daily lives which signifies that we are also based in societal control. Societal control is apparent in the past, the present, and inevitably in the future, through the laws, regulatory enforcement, and social groups that exist within our world. In some cases societal control is necessary to live a peaceful life, but sometimes societal control can go to the extremes and cause trouble.
Christopher McDougall, an American author and journalist, once said, “It takes a woman to bring out the best in a man.” Even though this quote can be applied to many different situations in life, its meaning cannot be more germane than in John Wyndham’s, The Chrysalids. In the novel, Waknuk society regards women only as breeders and not as human beings. Women are powerless for they practically have no rights in their society and their sole purpose is to please their husbands and take care of their household. However, what many people in Waknuk society overlook is the importance of women in society and the key role they play in changing people’s lives. This is best proven by examining David, the main character in the novel, and his interactions
Throughout history, society has often placed unfair restrictions on different people based on intrinsic characteristics including gender, race, and religion. Despite these restrictions, there have been prominent figures like Martin Luther King Jr and Helen Keller who highlight the importance human agency. In the case of Samuel Sheldon’s Lonely Londoners and Michelle Cliff’s Abeng, human agency shares a common meaning which is the capacity for humans to act independently considering the inherent constraints society places upon them. Both authors explore this concept of human agency by scrutinizing the constraints that their characters face, most notably society’s perception of race and the irony in gender roles for Moses and Clare. Although
In Aldous Huxley’s book, Brave New World, an unimaginable dystopia has been created. The World State was formed on three principles: community, identity, and stability. These three principles dictate how members of this society live and interact with one another. In modern society, there is an emphasis on the importance of motherhood, commitment, and countless other ideals that are rejected in the World State. Throughout the novel, the principle of community is shown with castes and hypnopaedic slogans, such as everybody belongs to everybody else. Identity, or rather a lack of, is shown through Bokanovsky twins, soma, conditioning, and the caste system. The final principle, stability, is shown through excessive vaccines, hypnopaedia, and Hatchery
Perspective is a chosen approach that can be used to study any subject in the field of sociology. These perspectives highlight the diverse methods an individual selects to analyze a theme and how they perceive the society in general. Three sociological perspectives include functionalist, conflict and interactionist perspectives (Thompson, Hickey, & Thompson, 2016, p. 2). Throughout this paper, I examine how we analyze the role of television from the functional, conflict, and interactionist approaches.
In the generation of technology and innovation, the creation of social mediaattract a vast number of people world wide. Aside from the basic necessities of living it may also considered as one of the most important belonging of an individual in this day and age. Primarily because of its accessibility to communication, information, education, and entertainment.
Across the world, traditions are carried throughout many communities, and when others try to change these said traditions, there is typically backfire and disagreement. In the short story “Dead Man’s Path” by Chinua Achebe, the same background is used to fuel the story’s plot. Although it is believed that keeping certain traditions alive will prevent people from changing with the times, these traditions must still be respected and appreciated for keeping past generations alive.