Boaz and Unk’s relocation to Mercury, and in particular the former’s contented acceptance for the externally meaningless task of taking care of the Harmoniums, reveals the possibility for personal happiness and growth when one forgoes society’s expectations: Unk, who “was at war with his environment”, fared far worse in his exile compared to Boaz, who “had never felt better in his life”(203). Boaz, though effectively carrying a bigger burden than Unk as a commander, takes the situation much better as he decided to make the most of his circumstances, disregarding the duty imposed onto him by his society in favor of finding passion and beauty in the simplicity of the Harmoniums and life itself. Unk/Constant’s return to Earth and subsequent public humiliation (in the name of Rumford’s religion), contrasted with his comparative isolation in meaningless tranquility on Titan reveals a potential for personal growth when freed from the demands of society. Upon his return to earth, Rumford’s “just” utopia applies their “reformed” societal standards onto Constant, trapping him once again into a social construct that curbs his individuality and potential for growth, granting him the role of “the most memorable, magnificent, and meaningful human being of modern times” (261) while
When Holden states, "I like Allie just because someone is dead you don't just stop liking them, for God's sakes- especially if they were about a thousand times nicer than the people you know that're alive (Salinger 171), he believes that genuine happiness and peace can be obtained in his past and believes that Allie is no longer present in society. However, Holden eventually realizes that it is impossible to live in his childhood forever. This makes him realize that he cannot continue living with the same values in society that Allie died with. Acknowledging that his objectives in life are unattainable brings forth immense discomfort and sadness. However, Holden's sadness is heightened when he knows he cannot change societal norms and value.
Everyman had discovered that while he was successful in life, the afterlife was a different story because his wealth could not go with him or count in the Book of life. Fortunately, Everyman could recover good works in his search for a company. Passion is substantial throughout the work, Everyman wants to live, tries to pay to death, begging for a company, then accept that his human life ended, asking God for forgiveness, begging him to have mercy on him. The tragedy, the fact that death is upon him and the conflict within him. To find that everything that one has lived to achieve did not matter, in the end, it is sad, unfortunately, humanity seems to follow this example, but fortunately, Everyman could change the outcome of his sinful ways.
It’s because the world he lives in has affected him in such a way to be like this. In Kurt Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron, certain devices weigh down the main character in order to equalize him with the others. This short story is dystopian; an offshoot to Orwell’s utopian world. Winston too is weighed down by his own society; he is forced to be a lesser version of himself, all for Big Brother. They don’t do anything to physically change him, but if he is thought to break the rules or is simply too smart for his own good, off to the Ministry of Love.
Following misunderstood traditions allows people to perform harmful actions because it is what they have been taught to do. In the short story, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson reveals the tragic consequences of not being willing to stand up against traditions that serve no useful purpose in society. Through the use of symbolism, characterization and setting shows the way that even ordinary people pursue traditions that create tension and harmful outcomes to anyone involved. People will blindly follow tradition without questioning it or its outcome. A box that has been used since the lottery started is now on its last leg but when "Mr. Summers spoke frequently to the villagers about making a new box, no one liked to even upset a tradition as was represented by the black
Victor finds that society is sadly mistaken as he realizes that he has to still be apart of society to get the information he needs. Victor states, “If this journey had taken place during my days of study and happiness, it would afford me inexpressible pleasure. But a blight had come over my existence, and I only visited these people for the sake of the information they might give me on the subject in which my interests were so terribly profound” (147). He is starting to become non-sociable. Because of the scarce interactions that Victor has with company, he has never been able to look at the population the same way again since his childhood.
As stated by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment”. In the novella, Anthem by Ayn Rand, the setting takes place in a futuristic, dystopian society that has abandoned the use of modern technology and has set rules and regulations in order to keep one practice, Collectivism, or a practice where people do not think or make decisions for themselves. No men are permitted to think of others as closer to them than any others, or have preferences on things such as their profession. If one considers his own well being and desires above that of his brothers, it is seen as a transgression. The City is ruled by the Councils who select how their citizens
The army was very different then what he thought it would be since he left youth before he was ready for adulthood. Before, Leper was a “tourist”, free and enjoys life, however, the army is a reality check and brings adulthood too fast and he cant fight his fear, “Leper, emerge from a protective cloud of vagueness only to meet it, the horror, face to face, just as he had always feared, and so give up the struggle absolutely. ”Now, his “I’m just touring” essence has
Overwhelming life’s struggles are never easy to go through. Refer to the movie “Pursuit of happiness”, the main character, Chris Gardner, a man who hardworking and courage but loses everything and live with struggle in his life. Therefore, we are going to discuss about the factors that lead to life struggling. First and foremost, financial issues will become the main factor that lead to life struggling. Based on what Elizabeth Warren (1949), she concluded that balancing the money is the point to get enough.” As adult especially for those who have family, it was hard to survive and financially support to the whole family if you are experience financial problems.