Critical Literacy Essay “Harrison Bergeron” and “The walls” offers vigorous political and social criticisms of both future society. The political system depicted in Vonnegut’s story is founded on the principles of equality, which holds that people should be equal in every way. On the other hand, Laumer conveys his concern of society through effeteness of television by suggest readers to imagine a time when people have wall-size screen at home. Especially equality is beloved in America in the phrase “All men are created equal,” but the authors suggest that the ideals of policy can be dangerous if they are interpreted too literally. If the goal of policy is taken to its logical conclusion, audience may decide that people must be forced to be
The Ego of Equality We are told today in society's teachings that being an egoist is a fallacious act. The book Anthem by Ayn Rand is the story of one man fighting for individuality in the collectivist society he lives in. It depicts Ayn Rand's philosophy against a collectivist society and supports more freedom for all men. The book advertises the way Ayn Rand believes society should be and promotes happiness for everyone “And my happiness needs no higher aim to vindicate it. My happiness is not the means to an end.
Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World depicts a society where efficiency is the primary concern. The world leaders use horrifying repetitive conditioning to shape individuals into acquiescent, infantilized citizens, stupefied into an artificial sense of happiness. The majority of citizens willingly follow the tide that infinitely crashed over them with wave after wave of parties, casual sexual relations, and the perfectly engineered drug, soma. However, the readers may find themselves disturbed, and possibly intrigued, at the lack of morality in this “brave new world”. An important thing for those observing Huxley’s work to keep in mind is the intentions of the World State.
Total equality became possible because the philosophers argued and supported their points. Voltaire presented religious equality as a tolerance rather than acceptance. This meant that people of all different religions could live in the same society as long as they did not fight over the values of other religions. Voltaire supports that in his, “Letters Concerning the English Nation”, written in 1726. He writes, “If only one religion were allowed in England, the government would very possibly become arbitrary; if there were but two, the people would cut one another’s throats; but as there are such a multitude, they all live happy and in peace.” John Locke
In our modern day society, we live in a world in which equity is very important for us to achieve as citizens. Equity can be understood as recognizing that society needs differences in order to be successful. As we are humans, each one of us will be different from everyone else, and it is this difference that adds creativity and color to the world. However, in Kurt Vonnegut 's story "Harrison Bergeron", they live in a future world in which everyone is equal. A society in which the government enforced equality so much that they go to extreme measures to force everyone to be as equal as they possibly can be.
In their socio-economic book, The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone, award winning Kate Pickett and partner Richard Wilkinson present a great focus on inequality, its effects and ways to make society a more equal one. With many data research methods and supporting data used, The Spirit Level reminds us that we live in a world of inequality and are oblivious to what it causes. Linking psychological aspects of humanity, the authors cause the readers to realise the harsh reality of the world we live in and how society’s thinking is shaped around the concept of consumerism and status competition. The beginning of the book captivates the reader by introducing statistics of different countries, showing how the national income level per person has an impact on life expectancy and happiness. Along with this information, a guide on how to read the graphs has also been included.
#1 The author uses words like obsequious, demagogues, phrases like perverted ambition, but a word that stands out the most is despotism. History will teach us that no matter what form of government is in place there will always be that certain class of men that aggrandize themselves or please themselves with several confederacies than one government. #10 The effects are between rich and poor people and the outbreak of liberty for security. The effects are to be remedied by multiplying the political power within the states themselves to break up the dualism between rich and poor people. James Madison stated in Federalist 10, this would provide "republican remedy for the diseases most incident to republican government."
A Modern Brave New World Ally Condie is the critically acclaimed author of the Matched Trilogy, a #1 New York Times and international bestseller. A modern twist to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Lois Lowry’s The Giver; Matched is set in a seemingly perfect society where the governing body, known as the Society, dictates the people’s occupation, who and can they will marry, as well as when they will die by dividing them into one of the three social castes. The Society’s is controlling and oppressive, yet they also feel safe and secure. The narrative explores the individual sacrifices of societal perfection and the loss of free will. Condie’s prose, skillfully employs several traditional themes that are characteristically used in dystopian
John is torn, and resents Lenina and calls her a “strumpet.” Allegory: During the writing of Brave New World, there were difficult economic and political challenges the United States was facing head on. Aldous Huxley took these ideas and took inspiration from them and created similar occurrences in his novel. One of the more common ideas was of the early belief of communism. All of the people in a society, regardless of rank or caste, should ban together and help create a better tomorrow. In the novel the castes work together, most of the time, to create a bigger and brighter society to prosper in the future.
The conflict of the story is between the protagonist and the society he lives in. Harrison Bergenon has exceptional intelligence, height, strength and beauty and thus has to bear enormous handicaps. The irony is that a social equality is not a good place to live even though they say a lot of nice things about equality. Equality of opportunity has been perverted to equality of outcome. The democratic ideal is that all people are equal.
Bernie Sanders believes that immigrants play a central role in the American economy and in American citizens’ everyday lives. However, he feels that undocumented workers are abused by some politicians for political gain and put in the dark. The only way to end this disgraceful situation and fix the enormous problem we face as a country, in Sanders opinion, is to end the division and become united. The Fair and Humane Immigration Policy will unite all peoples living in America, legal and illegal, consequently, binding the division in our country.
Harrison Bergeron vs. Anthem To live in a world where collectivism is a part of society it must be strange to the way we live now. In both dystopian novels everyone has the same rights and is equal which makes them practice collectivism. Throughout both novels they show their separate in relationship and figure out what relationships truly are and overcome the fear of their government discovering them. In Vonnegut’s “ Harrison Bergeron” and Rand’s “Anthem” their societies are the similar in equality but different in their relationships. Both novels show the characteristics that they are exactly equal because collectivism is practiced upon society by the close minded government.