Every person is unique and have their own opinions on certain topics. In the novel, Anthem, by Ayn Rand, she talks of the struggles of an egotistical individual with greater curiosity than his society allows. This man, Equality 7-2521, creates the invention of electricity, and instead of being applauded, he is condemned. He struggles through the various rules and laws of his society, for he is completely different from all of his brothers. In an excerpt called “The Soul of an Individualist”, Rand elaborates on the idea of an individualist, and allows the reader to get a better view at how passionate she is about one’s self.
“We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” ( Malala) For some, equality means that everyone has the same rights and everything is fair, but that is not always the case. Megan B. Wyatt explains in her article, “Harrison Bergeron an Analysis and discussion on dystopian themes and American Trends” that the U.S. is on the road to a dystopian world. Wyatt declares that Kurt Vonnegut’s short story “Harrison Bergeron” is leading readers to believe that dystopia is possible in the modern world, and the loss of freedom, civil rights, and equality that is forced upon us, should be more noticeable One topic that Megan B. Wyatt discusses in her article is that the lack of freedom. Freedom is one of the most highly valued American ideals, and while it isn’t as obvious, our freedom is being taken away consciously. She uses an example in her article as well.
The same idea is applied to Bradbury’s world. Making people equal is another reason the government adds to justify its dictatorship. To further explain, books are a symbol of intellect, and since not all people like reading or know how to read, then all are not equal for some are more knowledgeable than the other. This is how Beatty, the head of the firemen department, explains it,” Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal” (Bradbury 28). As a result, the world becomes full of clones and individuality becomes an accusation almost a crime.
In the story, Sinclair not only shows the aspects of naturalism but also shows the aspects of realism. No matter how we try, we cannot get away with our destiny. In this story, the main character Jurgis cannot break way from the poverty how much he tries. He and his family is in a gloomy mood, showing the dark side of mundane human life. This conveys the conflict of man versus society.
Free will is an illusion: anyone who deviates from the norm is considered a mistake, and either forcibly brought back to conformity or destroyed. It is either utopia or hell, depending on the perspective. IT says its various offshoots are happy, but does happiness have any meaning in such a tightly controlled environment? In the story, IT possessed Charles Wallace asks the reason why we have wars and unhappiness on earth. He replies by saying that people live their own, separate lives unlike the residents of Camazotz.
Imagine living in a world where people are unable to think for themselves and can only carry out actions that will better everyone else. That world is a collectivist society in which Ayn Rand forces her characters to live in her book. Anthem can be defined as a dystopian book because of the setting characterization, and the amount of government control. Anthem is set in the future. Equality writes in his journal saying, “They whisper many strange things of the towers which rose to the sky in those unmentionable time,” (Rand 19).
Further, Nagel says, “we cannot live human lives without energy and attention, nor without making choices, which show that, we take some things more seriously than others.” These two view points collide and make our lives absurd because we ignore the doubts that we know cannot be settled, continuing to live with nearly undiminished seriousness in spite of them. (Nagel,5) 3. Further, life is absurd according to Nagel because “nothing we do now will matter in a million years” and because “we are tiny specks in the infinite vastness of the universe.” But I think that our lives absurdity has more to do with the daily routines we get caught in our lives become almost a trap because of work or school and we continue to do
As a social climber, M. Jourdain 's imitations are absurd to anyone but himself. The political lesson implied in La Fontaine 's fable "The Stomach and its Members" is that sometimes the one holding power may be the only one tending to the demands of the society, as the other members may be too busy fulfilling their own, individual needs. However, he also praises the King by indicating that his presence is necessary for the country to operate in a proper way. Despite the differences between the two writers, the main purpose of their works was to praise the Sun King and his absolute monarchy. Failure to do so, often resulted in harsh punishments, such as being sent to jail.
Frequently, Winston questioned the motives of the government and often engaged in thoughtcrime (thoughts that oppose the ruling party). Winston could recognize that the people do not think for themselves, instead they simply believed and thought what Big Brother told them to.“Prodded by his natural need for reflection and critical analysis, Winston finds it hard not to make use of his inborn talents. He starts questioning the wisdom of Big Brother and moves hopefully toward his own liberation” (Nytimes.com). Due to his personality and own freedom of thought, he had the unique ability to recognize the injustice and lack of freedom around him. This lead to a deep seated hatred for Big Brother and the
PHIL 243 First Essay Dogachan Dagi In the Republic, Socrates substantially argues that under right conditions Kallipolis which literally means ‘the ideal political state’ can be created. He presents very reasonable arguments about how to achieve and preserve the Kallipolis throughout Book V. However, this essay will strongly claim that Socrates’s Kallipolis is mostly not achievable, and if somehow achieved simply not sustainable. The main problem about his ideal city is the fact that too many regulations go against individual liberties and human nature. The citizens of the Kallipolis are sentenced to serious governmental control and they lack the abilities and structures to make choices for themselves. Furthermore, the society is immobile