Because prejudice builds up as time goes on, it can be magnified if the situation is not clarified immediately. When Elizabeth and Mr. Wickham talk about Mr. Darcy, Mr. Wickham lies that "the world is blinded by his (Mr. Darcy's) fortune and consequences, or frightened by his high and imposing manners, and sees him only as he chooses to be seen" (Austen 59). Mr. Wickham is certainly an antagonist in this story, but he
For most parents and their little girls it is just good fun. They do not take the beauty pageants seriously. For a few parents the beauty pageants become an obsession. This is when beauty pageants for children can suddenly become very harmful. “Critics of the industry warn that the stresses of competition, coupled with an extreme focus on physical appearance, can have a negative effect long before these girls will be eligible for Miss America.” (Triggs, West and Aradillas 160-168) The loss of self-esteem, the inability to show a full range of emotions, the fear of failure, the extreme focus on physical image, and the discord with or fear of parents are a few of the symptoms those little girls will suffer from.
Initially, McMurphy attempted to go against the norm by refusing to shower and have his temperature checked. However, his attempts proved feeble against Ratched because she ultimately had control and his solo efforts could not overcome Ratched. Additionally, Bromden stated “She’ll go on winning just like the Combine, because she has all the power of the Combine behind her.”(133). The reason in this statement is that the power of an individual is subordinate to the power of the society. Meaning McMurphy was nearly an ant and Nurse Ratched a child with a magnifying-glass.
They achieve this equality by using handicaps to set everyone to the same level of abilities, such as beauty, strength, and special abilities. Vonnegut uses “Harrison Bergeron” to teach the lesson that all people are not equal, but rather, everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses to contribute. Vonnegut uses tone, symbolism, and imagery to show the reader how full equality is not only impossible but also that it is an idea that is not worth striving for as it is unnecessary and possibly even harmful to society. In the year 2081, Vonnegut’s story reveals a futuristic dystopia where society has been forced into full “equality” by the government. The citizens are forced to use government assigned handicaps, so that they do not have any special gifts that are beyond the “average person,” which happens to be an absurdly low standard.
This is demonstrated when there is a chaos from a lack of justice at times throughout the play, when justice is delivered sooner societies stability increases, and when antagonist’s display no remorse for their actions. A world without justice would be greatly chaotic. "Let the great gods, That keep this dreadful pother o'er our heads, Find out their enemies now. Tremble, thou wretch, That hast within thee undivulged crimes, Unwhipped of justice." (III ii 49-53) At this point King Lear has now become too week to correct his misjudgments about his daughters and is now calling on a divine justice because his power is now limited.
Depicting women as unnatural entities, voiceless and agent less, to their male counterparts destroys any shot of redemption for the fairer sex, so Conrad aligns all the women in the narrative with unreality to evolve the importance of separate realms. By holding ignorant ideas, such as Marlow's aunt, or exotic appearances, such as Kurtz's mistress, the women are discounted as impractical, or if they hold some merit, they are viewed as eerie. Either way, they are made of none of the material found in the world of men, and so disaster befalls the men that dare breach the boundary between the worlds. The first women that Conrad's main character, Marlow, recounts are the two knitters at the Company office in Brussels. The younger one greets the men who come in for examinations before they leave for the "unknown," African wilderness, creating the illusion of a comfortable environment in what is otherwise an unsettling experience (Conrad 8).
He also has to wear forty-seven pounds of lead balls around his neck to handicap his athletic abilities. Hazel thinks that it is a bit unfair for George to have such a heavy berdon and tells George to take some balls out. In another scenario, a ballerina is presenting a news bulletin on T.V. It is said In the story that, “She must have been extraordinarily beautiful, because the mask she wore was hideous.” The ballerina was also strong and graceful because she wore handicap bags fit for two-hundred-pound men. She was also given a voice that was unfair for a woman.It seemed she was beautiful, and talented because of the handicaps.
Equality informs the audience in the very beginning of the story, “it is a sin to write this. It is a sin to think words no others think and to put them down on a paper no others are to see. And we know well that there is no transgression blacker than to do or think alone (Rand 17). Members of the society are deprived of their freedom of speech. They must write and think together because they exist only as a brotherhood, not as individuals.
They’re learning that physical beauty is the primary judges of their character and not their brains. Child beauty pageants are wrong because it encourages sexuality at a young age, they can also create harm for that child, and they are sometimes being forced by their parents to compete. Young girls parading around a stage wearing a bikini and pounds of makeup is very wrong. The outfits that they are wearing are outfits some grown women wouldn’t even wear because it’s so inappropriate. There is a popular television show called Toddlers and Tiaras that documents what goes on during these child beauty pageants.
Unfortunately, we live in a world with such infinite possibilities of beliefs and lifestyles that Kantianism, a model that holds an extremely narrow definition of right and wrong, is just not practical. Why would Kant prohibit actions if they cannot be carried out universally? I only find this applicable for serious offenses against mankind; murder for example. People of all cultures act in their own unique ways and should any of their behavior be universalized, society would be unable to function properly. For this reason I find utilitarianism to be a much more valid concept.