Rand expresses her philosophy through the creation of her ideal character, Equality 7-2521, with her same moral values who struggles finding himself as an individual in a collectivist society within the science fiction novel Anthem. He rebels society’s rules in order to achieve his greatest desire: knowledge. Although his choices go against all morals he has been
This theme is thoroughly explored during the novel, as well as during modern history. In A Clockwork Orange, Alex discovers how his opinion on moral choice contrasts with that of the government that he is living under. It is evident that Alex believes that the freedom to make choices for yourself determines if you are truly human or not. The purpose of A Clockwork Orange revolves around this theme of fate and free will, and how your freedom to make decisions will impact you later in life. Anthony Burgess uses diction and emotional appeals to convey his purpose in writing this novel.
Rand’s story ultimately leads to the conclusion that a society in which people lives collectivism is under strict planning and control. The collectivist society barred the individuals experience to develop their own thinking. Ayn Rand, introduces both cases to the narrative to show you the difference of both, but she ultimately believes that rational egoism is the way to live. Rational egoism cares oneself and promotes self interest. This is where Equality 7-2521 is freed from collectivism and introduced to a new political philosophy called rational egoism.
In dystopian literature, society tries to force everyone to conform to its rules and norms, and only by breaking these rules does the main character obtain happiness. Equality 7–2521 in the novella Anthem, by Ayn Rand, and Guy Montag, in Ray Bradbury's novel Fahrenheit 451 are examples of heroes who break the chains that society has put them in. The protagonists in Anthem and Fahrenheit 451 defy societal norms by seeking knowledge, which then leads to them changing the lives of others, and reaching personal freedom. Knowledge is forbidden in these dystopian societies, and by obtaining it, the main character gains confidence and power. For example, Equality says "We wished to know.
Anthem takes place in a dystopian society in where the main character seeks for individuality, which is rejected in their community. Equality 7-2125 and The Golden One struggle against the world searching for ego. One of the most important themes in Anthem is ego because in their society, everyone follows a set of rules, and at the end Equality 7-2125 and The Golden One find freedom, and their true meaning.
His actions were befitting to the situation. Also, these actions correspond with Rand’s advice in “How Does One Lead a Rational Life in an Irrational Society?”. The society is a totalitarian dictatorship and Equality is the “humblest peasant or the lowest savage...rise in blind rebellion, were he to realize that he is being immolated, not to some incomprehensible “noble purpose,” but to plain, naked human evil” (Rand, “How Does One Lead a Rational Life in an Irrational Society?”). Equality follows through with Rand’s advice as a solution to his complications with his society. He knows that the acceptance of submission broke the structure of man and that his society is wrong to let the rights of man collapse under such a worship.
To point out the universal truth of everyone relishes revenge, Tyler Perry uses mocking to show how everyone likes to get even. For example, when Dr.Phil asks madea, let 's talk about your childhood.” and Madea responds back,“Let 's talk about your childhood,” shows how Madea mocks
Should individuals submit to their government or to society? Is it worth losing their self-determination? In both Aldous Huxley’s, Brave New World, and Anthony Burgess’s, A Clockwork Orange, the objectives of the government to maintain power and stability are alike, while its methods of upholding such rigid control over the people are different. The government’s authority has a profound effect on society that is apparent in both novels when assessing the value of free will to an individual. The government’s predominant presence in society is evident in both novels as it uses technology to control the people.
Societal Boundaries in Selected Fiction Human beings crave conformity, that is, the act of adhering to social norms. To conform is one of our most basic instinct passed down from our cavemen ancestors. It dictates that there is safety in numbers. Society imposes what one should be like before one was born, from who one’s parents are, to what gender and sexual orientation one should be of. In the short stories “Red Dress-1946” by Alice Monro, and “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, the writers explore the notion that the societal boundaries of more conservative times inflicted on the protagonists can cause significant and irreversible negative impact on their lives.
The use of such passionate words and clever placement of italics allows Shelley to portray sheer hatred in two sentences; “Nothing in human shape could have destroyed that fair child. He was the murderer!” (Shelley 63). In this excerpt the use of such charged words mean the difference between anger and indifference. For instance, this is the same passage with some words changed: ‘Nothing human could have killed that kid. He was the killer!’ Just changing a few words can make all the difference here, and Shelley hits the mood right on the nose.