Orwell uses various “anthems” as metaphors for the state of Animal Farm; the hopeful and idyllic "Beasts of England", the ironic “Animal Farm” and finally the utterly worshipful “Comrade Napoleon”. “Beasts of England" is introduced by Old Major as he describes his dream of a world where animals are free. The lyrics describe a “Golden future time" devoid of humans, where animals prosper. Each verse adds details to the idyllic image being created, for example “fruitful fields”, “Cruel whips no more shall crack”, “Riches more than mind can picture”. This does reflect the mindset and hopes of the animals in the early days of the rebellion, and even the state of the farm itself, before Snowball gets driven away and they realise that the powerhungry pigs are taking over.
Butler use very different methods to establish the same principle: slavery is fundamentally wrong. In The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn, Twain mocks the white perspective of slavery through his narrator, Huck; this contrasts how Butler utilisez Dana’s own opinions in Kindred to highlight the absolute savagery of a slave based society. These methods mirror the historical context in which both of these novels were written. Twain uses more covert methods to express his disgust at the hypocrisy, selfishness, and naivete because a publicly abolitionist book would have not garnered the widespread attention of neither publishers or readers. Butler, however, was able to capitalize on the more liberal morals of modern readers to openly preach her abolitionist and pro-equality
When comparing Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau and The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, it is apparent that Thoreau’s ideas and thoughts distinguished him from his society. Whereas the society’s ideas in Thoreau’s time period tended to lack inspiration, Thoreau’s ideas transcended the societal ideals of the time. Although Thoreau himself did not write The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, the play highlights and expresses Thoreau’s transcendentalist ideas more powerfully than Civil Disobedience because the play elaborates on Thoreau’s passion regarding the notion that living is more than just existing. In the first scene of The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, Lawrence and Lee establish the character of Thoreau
Steinbeck has also illustrated his idealism of camaraderie through his descriptions of the setting through characters alongside his idea that camaraderie is incompatible with capitalist systems. Finally, Steinbeck has also further illustrated that during the Great Depression, using animal imagery and symbolism, that life during these times under a capitalist regime simply isn’t
In his essay titled “Corn-pone Opinions,” the famous American author Mark Twain explores the idea of public opinion and its correlation with human nature. Twain, known as the “father of American literature,” was particularly talented at observing and analyzing the people around him. He discusses corn-pone, or bland, opinions, and how they are a result of a lack of uniqueness and independence in people. According to Twain, trends in society are born from conformity, and die by the habits and opinions of outside influences, rather than the independent thinking Twain believes in.
In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain utilizes satire to convey the overall message of the novel, that society is flawed; he implies one should refrain from orienting their personal moral compass and ideals by what others dictate, because society is imperfect. This is evident in Huck’s moral struggle with the concept of slavery: Twain uses slavery as an example to satirize religion and hypocrisy. He also satirizes “us vs them” mentalities through the example of the Sherburn and Boggs incident. He also mocks the baselessness and irony of racism in American society. Satire is used in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn against religious hypocrisy, mob mentality, and racism to highlight these human flaws and address dark and serious issues with a touch of humor.
George Fitzhugh was a social reformer who sought to reveal the causes of poverty and inequality within society. Fitzhugh did not view redistribution of wealth as a solution to the existing poverty and inequality within society, with an imbalance being inevitable. He argues that while people should be able to both obtain and inspire to have wealth, it is the position of the government to allow for individuals to be more involved with the government and gain access to the fruits of their leighbor. As a pro-slavery southerner, Fitzhugh argues that the capitalist economic system of the north is insufficient compared to the slave based economy of the south. The concept of being able to gain access to the product of one’s work leads to Fitzhugh being a proponent of slave labor, which is seen when he states “The profits of slave labor are that portion
Sinclair’s purpose for the novel becomes evident towards the end of the book. It is clear that the author’s blatant attack of capitalism is a means to persuade readers of the socialist alternative. Socialism is introduced as capitalism’s counterpart; where capitalism is evil and destructive, socialism is good and beneficial. The publication of The Jungle in 1906 had a powerful affect on America, though not quite the affect that Sinclair had hoped for. His novel was meant to open people’s eyes to the poor conditions that workers are put through and the destructiveness of capitalism.
Its definition differs between people. In Gene Fellner’s book anarchist Alexander Berkman states “equality does not mean an equal amount but an equal amount”. With these downfalls to think about and the research included, The Spirit Level leaves a food for thought for the readers about if the world can ever be
Was the old world end? Writers reacted to this question by turning toward Modernist emotion. Modernist fiction spoke of the inner self and consciousness. Instead of progress, the Modernist writer saw a decline of civilization. Instead of new technology, the Modernist writer saw cold machinery and increased capitalism, which alienated the individual and led to loneliness.