Due to this prohibition, thinking for oneself as well as maintaining relationships are forbidden, and those who differentiate physically and mentally are considered evil. With the acknowledgement of individualism, the population could possibly rebel and overcome the society, thus reviving The Unmentionable Times. The society has even gone far enough to use repetition into the everyday lives, and this is evidenced by the writing above the portal of the Palace of the World Council that states, “We are one in all and all in one. There are no men but only the great WE, One, indivisible and forever”. This demonstrates the society’s strong belief that its inhabitants should not live individual lives with unique experiences, but their lives should only be dedicated to men serving their fellow men.
Ayn Rand’s Anthem is a politically satirical novel is set in a future society that is so highly collectivized that the word “I” has been banned. The world is governed by various councils who believe that man’s sole reason for existence is to enforce the Great Truth “that all men are one and that there is no will save the will of all men together” (Rand, 20). Any indication of an individual’s independent spirit is swiftly and brutally put down, with the transgressors being punished with severe prison sentences or even death. It is this dysfunctional world that Equality 7-2521 is born into. The novel begins with Equality 7-2521 alone in a dark tunnel transcribing his story.
The society considers this belief to be a sin; for the society promotes the idea of collectivism, and it is forbidden to speak the unmentionable word known as “I”. Throughout his life, Equality 7-2521 referred to himself and others as “we” due to the society’s intolerance of individualism and the support of collectivism. After Equality escapes into the uncharted forest, and sees his own reflection, ... ... middle of paper ... ... was a time when each man had a name of his own to distinguish him from all other men.” (Rand 98) He is now known as Prometheus and Liberty 5-3000 as Gaea. This is the beginning of a new world for him and those that choose to follow him. This new society will embody the concept of individuality, freedom of choice and preference.
He further elaborates by saying, “ The only obligation, which I have the right to assume is to do at anytime what I think is right”(Thoreau 387). Thoreau places critical thinking and principle over blindly following what is dictated by the government. By taking control of their will, men make it impossible to be governed unjustly and can bring about a more just society. This reliance on themselves to know what is righ... ... middle of paper ... ...action. These are the men who prevent society from progressing because they refuse to take a stand.
Winston is different from the rest of his society which is a civilization that does not approve of individuality of your true self. Being different in this world only means rebellion and that’s exactly what Winston sets out to do. He believes that although he must conform on the outside, that no one can take his individual thought away. Winston's individuality is the only hope for human nature for he questions the most basic principles of the regime, a thoughtcrime. One idea Winston questions about his society is the concept of freedom and why it doesn’t match its actual definition.
Because of their individuality, the group is ultimately banned from civilization and sent to a remote location. Being segregated because of appearance or mental capacity and not subject to society’s influences stimulates individuality; however, the knowledge and truth correlating with individuality comes at a price, in this case, happiness. Bernard’s isolation, resulting from a physical deformity, allows him to fully explore his individuality. Bernard’s height constantly attracts scorn and ridicule from both Alpha’s and lower caste members, and they treat him as a foreigner because he appears different to them. Constantly battered by derision from all castes, Bernard “feel[s] an outsider; and feeling an outsider he behave[s] like one…”(65).
The taunting hurts Laetes[ '] pride and this shows how insecure he actually is. Like his father[,] Laertes apparently preaches a morality he does not practice and fully believes in a double standard of behavior for the sexes. [Examples?] More foils in the play are Rosecrantz and Guildstern. Rosencrantz and Guildenstein are not conscious criminals, since they unaware of the criminal designs of the King they obey without any scrutiny into the King’s purpose.
He is prevented to be his true self because he is already looked down on by the conditioned society and risk of exile. His anti-social beliefs include ideas of marriage, emotions and community events which are unmoral according to the rest of civilization. It would be impossible for John Savage to accommodate himself in the World St... ... middle of paper ... ...m. According to the controller of Brave New World and the director of The Truman Show, the world is benefiting from each characters loss. Their reasoning is that it is a better and happier life for them. Conclusively, all three protagonists do not agree with how they have been controlled and are determined to overcome the suppression.
King Bergeron is not Equal The short story “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut is about a world where people hide their true identities so everyone else can be accepted. It is a burden to be better then someone else. Citizens are trying harder to dumb themselves down then to be superior. That is how their society is run. They have no choice but to be equal.
Unfortunately, Caleb is stuck between the upper class and the peasant class. He rebels against society in a way when he joins up with thieves, but in the end, he knows his place is to be dependent on Mr. Falkland, and he never manages to truly rebel and escape and live the way he wants. Like we discussed in class, nothing seems to go right for Caleb, so the alternate ending does not seem to go along with the rest of the book like the original ending does. The only thing Caleb can do in his social situation is to have some peace of mind knowing that he has freedom of thought. Caleb does have strong feelings about the country`s hierarchy, about laws, prison, court, and other social institutions.