Comparing and contrasting 2081 to Harrison Bergeron Admit it, one time you were bored or sat down with nothing to do and couldn’t help but imagine how life would be if everyone was equal, don’t even try denying it, you’ve thought of that at least once in your life, but as any good writer would do, they’d write their thoughts down and turn it into a story, that’s exactly what Kurt Vonnegut did. Just imagine living a life where no one gets compared to others in any way. We all wish for a society like that, but Kurt showed us how equality can negatively affect our society. But that’s not the our main idea in this essay, our main idea is to highlight the comparisons and contrasts between the story “Harrison Bergeron” and the movie version “2081”. To begin with, Both the story and the movie had the same introduction/ Opening; “Everybody was finally equal.
Anthem and harrison bergeron have major differences in their societies, and become a dystopia. You can 't make a society greater by making everyone equal, using people 's differences to their advantage is how people should really live. There is no point in living if you are living with hatred or living in fear. The people should live in happiness but there is also not perfect world on everyone being happy. As Martin Luther King Jr. said… “The time is always right to do whats
“If everything’s the same, then there aren’t any Choices!” page 92 In the novel The Giver written by Lois Lowry is about how the Protagonist Jonas believes he is living in a “perfect society”,but shortly after Jonas becomes the Receiver of Memory he realizes that the “perfect world” that he was living in wasn’t perfect at all. Later on Jonas sets off to escape and find a new world to live in and find hope instead of staying in the society he lives in. Although the society in The Giver is, in some ways, similar to modern Society, the difference in, feelings, choices, and individuality between the societies makes The Giver’s society a true dystopia.
In Fahrenheit 451, a science fiction novel by Ray Bradbury a man named Guy Montag goes against a dystopian society to pursue happiness, freedom, and knowledge. This dystopian society has banned all books, and firefighters have been transformed into book burners in hopes of creating a perfect society also known as a utopia. Although the ancient Hero’s Journey Archetype may not seem to have a lot to do do with this science fiction novel set in the future, it applies to this book more than you would expect. Throughout the book Guy Montag experiences many steps of the Hero’s Journey Archetype, as he is setting out to pursue knowledge.
This passage is another life lesson to be learned. The author is blatantly telling us that we’re not important. However, I don’t think he is literally saying that we are unimportant, I think what he is trying to tell us is that us human beings have a tendency to think that we are than we actually are. There was a quote said by George Watsky, “There’s seven billion, forty six million people on the planet, and most of us have the audacity to think we matter.” In the second part of the quote where it says, “…someday the load we’re carrying with us may help someone…”
He represents individual dignity and moral integrity while believing in justice for all, rich and poor, strong and weak” (Lang 160). Superman was the ultimate symbol of what America valued at the time he was first published. This hero is in sharp contrast to another famous superhero, Spiderman, who was introduced in the 1960s in a time when America was in the midst of the Cold War and had a much bleaker outlook that directly following World War Two. Lang and Trimble argue that Spiderman is very different than Superman, in that “frequently Spiderman wishes that someone else would assume the role of being society’s protector, and talks about giving up the superhero role” (Lang 160). The article says that the reason for the difference in these two heroes has to do with the changes in the American monomyth between the 1930s and the 1960s.
But let’s see if this method for our planet truly does work. Recycling wasn’t so very practical practice back then in the 18 th century why is this so certain simple fact that was the time the industrial age took flight at Europe but specifically in British colonies. But mankind gave no thought over the concept of recycling in that time of those early ages there was no need for that because earth would stay in optimal condition. Seeing the investments where all towards industries mankind competed nations against nations who would create more economy who would be the nation above all.
Jonas’s society is a dystopia, but the government tries to mask it as a ‘perfect’ society only to be later revealed as corrupt. A perfect society can never be achieved, and trying to reach it like the Elders did in The Giver will always result as a dystopia. That’s what Lois Lowry was trying to show her readers through the book, if they keep trying to make their society as perfect as possible this will be the inevitable result.
Russin and Downs describe this as “Papa, don’t preach.” No they are not talking about the 1986 hit song “Papa Don’t Preach” by Madonna, they are referring to presenting your theme in a screenplay with subtlety. No one in an audience wants to be hand fed or forced fed for that manner a theme. An audience urges to know more to hunt and discover the theme. Russin and Downs describe this as “no one wants to go see a movie they “ought” to go see just because it has an “important message”.”
While Marxism specifically identifies the advancement of the proletariat in its ethics, the basis is that anything is considered ethical if it results in success. Willy Loman’s version of this is that anything is considered ethical when it comes to his or his family’s success. He even sleeps with several women in order to get through to the buyers. Even if Willy wanted to keep from taking any means necessary to achieve his goals, he could not. Bernard tells Willy that sometimes “it’s better for a man just to walk away” (Miller 68).
People don’t want perfection, they want to be content with life. But ignoring the real troubles does not mean that society is content, it means society is oblivious. By society not taking action towards the problems in the world, that is no better than the people in the book Fahrenheit 451. Ray Bradbury wrote a cautionary tale putting his prediction of the future into the book Fahrenheit 451. His prediction was that people would become so absorbed to their “barber shop families” and “seashell radios” (Bradbury) that they have no concept of world problems.
So I evaluate that the current situation he is in is in is way safer then where he started because of the he work he has put in. Also I evaluate that NASA is making a rescue plan because in the book they keep going back to NASA and wondering why a billion dollar company couldn’t save one man? It almost seems as though Mark Whatney is the only man on earth and they don’t like him so they don’t talk ☺. Overall I assess that Mark Whatney is progressively making progress to his ultimate goal, which is get off
“No one in the community was starving, had ever been starving, would ever be starving.” (Lowry 89). The Community in The Giver is called a utopian society, what is a utopian society? Webster Dictionary says, “an imaginary place in which the government, laws, and social condition are perfect...” Even though they may be “perfect”, utopian societies never really work out, and usually people have to take risks in order to change the society.
The story “Harrison Bergeron”, portrays what kind of world the author, Kurt Vonnegut anticipates in the future. He illustrated that people should not try to enforce equality, ultimately because it results in a dystopian society. For instance, by altering beauty, intelligence, strength and weaknesses, the government thinks that people can become more equal. As a result, “Nobody was smarter…better looking…stronger or quicker than anybody else” (Vonnegut 1). It is normal to be born different from others.
In the American society, knowledge is needed to succeed and strive in the world. People are trying as hard as possible to get a strong education. In Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, the setting is a futuristic city where firemen instead of putting out fires, start fires and try to burn all the books left. The citizens in this society fear the firemen, causing them to hide ay books they own, hoping they will not be sniffed out by the Mechanical Hound, an invention that roams at night and tries to sense any books, then reports back to the firehouse. The city has also created technology that makes the citizens oblivious to the outside world.