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. Ultimately, the central purpose of an author’s novel is to engross the reader, by writing in a genre and movement that is appropriate the book. Appropriately, Kurt Dinan engages the reader with both a Mystery genre and Postmodernist elements in his novel, Don’t Get Caught. Postmodernists believe that traditional authority is false and corrupt, and the central theme of Don’t Get Caught is that the powerful students play pranks and humiliate the less influential students. There exists a social elite club known as the Chaos Club that plays pranks on the school and faculty, and nobody can figure out the leader of the club is or who the members’ are.
In 1953 American author, Ray Bradbury, published the novel Fahrenheit 451. Toying with his own technological fantasies, the idea of a negative future, and a sea of outlandish characters, he sees ahead of his time. Bradbury writes about a technologically driven, dystopian society however, reflecting back on the novel, the relevance and similarities between Bradbury’s world and ours, become very plain to see. With that, the warnings and morals imbedded in the text are some that should be examined and noted. A large theme within Bradbury’s writing is, people are dispensable.
Dystopia as a genre is a literature of fictional writing tends to engage with social and political structures, in a dark and nightmare world. It is deliberately written to frighten and warn the readers and society’s fellow of totalitarian and suppressive government. Dystopia is a novel of enlightenment. It’s about the self discovery. It’s a social commentary based on particular event in history.
Yet, a key difference between the two texts is that Bradbury conveys his message using a dystopian novel while Henry is using his speech. By using his dystopian fiction, Bradbury is able to create a fictional, but realistic world, allowing the reader to see what grim future awaits should his issue remain unresolved. Once the reader knows more about their bleak future, he or she will be more proactive in combating the issue. Conversely, Henry speaks to his audience rather than present his arguments in a textual format because he wants to personally encourage revolution and form a direct connection with the people. Only then will his audience be able to make a stand.
Technologies Negative Effects Kurt Vonnegut Jr and Ray Bradbury take unique perspectives on how technology will impact the future in their short stories “Harrison Bergeron” and “The Pedestrian”. The dystopian future they convey demonstrates how technology could potentially have negative implications. Both Vonnegut Jr. and Bradbury feared how technology will eventually make society antisocial; furthermore, depicting how technology can cause human isolation, and result in mental illnesses like depression. The protagonist character throughout “The Pedestrian” demonstrates symptoms of mental illnesses on multiple occasions by striking conversation with houses: “ ‘What is it now ?’ [Leonard Mead] asked the houses” (Bradbury). The constant isolation
The book, Fahrenheit 451, written by Ray Bradbury brought to light some scary yet plausible ideas on the future of the world. In the novel, firemen are ordered to burn books and the public is brainwashed into worrying more about materialistic happiness than taking the time to think. The epigraph at the beginning of the book reads, “If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.” This quote is Ray’s way of drawing attention to the simple fact that although society will do its best to conform people to their liking, people must always challenge to question and rebel against the norm. One way this epigraph ties well with the book would be the ongoing challenging of the society that the main character, Montag, does all throughout the book. A prime example of this being the time when Montag had a lengthy and thought-provoking conversation with his wife, Mildred, on pages 146-151.
Authors use dystopia as a literary technique to discuss the real issues that might happen in the future. Thus the role of dystopia in literary works is to educate and give awareness to the audience. Dystopias also serve as warnings about the current state of affairs of a government, or of those in power. In dystopian, authors point out the wrong doings in a society or a system – the reason that it is often called a critique. Dystopian literature is often used as a literary tool to extrapolate the elements of contemporary society and function as a warning against a modern trend, often the threat of the oppressive
Cervantes expresses these complexities so much that we begin to notice the social criticism Don Quixote receives from people he encounters. Based on Don Quixote, fiction becomes the preferable reality and true reality itself becomes unnecessary. In this novel, fiction is the origin from where Don Quixote 's knightly characteristics derive from and the reason why he perceives the world differently from others. With chivalry books being the start of his knight errant ideas, he is molded into this delusional character who has an imaginative vision. For instance, Don Quixote’s first adventure lies in an Inn; however, “as soon as he saw the inn he took it for a castle with
When digging deeper into context, questions arise such as “What would a change in context do to the text?” To myself, this is an fascinating idea, especially when thinking about a book which is profoundly depending on its time, place, language or audience. One of these book is Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Brave New World is based on particular events in the life of Huxley and his environment, and it is known to may have predicted certain events such as Hitler taking power and world war two. It is also satirical and written with a philosophical and ethical mindset, which makes it depend on its audience. This is why I will be writing about what a change in some aspects of the context could do to the book Brave New World, will it change entirely?
INVIGORATING TITLE The matter of morality makes for a deceptively complex discussion. Good and evil actions are categorized variously by different religions, organizations, families, and authors. Moral alignment, a popularized system mainly used referencing fictional and historical characters, classifies people and characters by their views and reaction to the world. Before this system surfaced among the recent generation, authors, playwrights, and philosophers have established their own contrasting views on the idea of human nature. Among these was William Golding, who elucidates in his novel Lord of the Flies how humankind will eventually dissolve reason and civility and resort to their most base and visceral instincts.