In 1984 by George Orwell, revealing imagery is used to establish the mood of the society in the book. Orwell uses dark imagery, coupled with totalitarian implications, that creates the terrifying influence of the state on its people. As well, Orwell uses several animal images to represent the deterioration of humans. In the first few paragraphs of the book, Orwell uses images that appear to be old and unclean to provide a dark setting which opens the story. Winston’s experience through “the hallway [that] smelt of boiled cabbage and old rag mats” creates the disgusting feel of one’s life in this dystopian society.
In one review the author states, “In an important scene in Ray Bradbury's novella Fahrenheit 451, Captain Beatty (the leader of the firemen tasked with burning books in a futuristic, dystopian society) articulates for Montag (the protagonist) the fundamental idea underpinning the laws and norms of this oppressive and ignorant society” (Brown). Literature or words in general are forbidden and against the law. This loss of literacy and knowledge hurts society, yet they believe that this is for the
The character of Jack in Lord of the Flies serves to highlight the uneven cruelty and power distributed through society. His character depicts a battle between good and evil, this theme is one that was influenced by Golding's own experiences in World War two. Jack represents the breakdown in society and how the “blood thirsty”, savagery in human nature can cause the fall of man and lead to autocratic tribalism. Jack’s craving for power is made evident right from the beginning of the novel. when the boys decide that they “ought to have a chief”, Jack jumps at the chance with “simple arrogance”, and states that its because he is “chapter chorister”, and can “sing C sharp”,so in other words, for no valid reason at all.
Due to the lack of compassion and love from his society, Aaron builds up hate, and unleashes it by getting revenge on the Andronicus family. He achieves his goal by using Tamora. She is the closest thing to a person who loves Aaron. However, Aaron takes advantage of this and uses his influence
The colour yellow, which symbolises decay and disease, is used to show the woman’s state of mind, which has been corrupted by the society she is part of. Also, the gruesome imagery of burning flesh in “smell of steaks in passageways”, coupled with the pluralisation of the objects portrays this as an experience of universal suffering. Eliot also explores the disempowerment of the individual through the judgments of a modernist society. Prufrock’s rhetorical question “Do I dare?” is about the movement he desires that has been oppressed by his self-conscious. The interjection “but how his arms and legs are thin”, shows his physical vulnerability and highlights his lack of agency.
Due to the high unemployment rates following the great depression, the working class were vulnerable to the unjust exploitation of power. Curley is portrayed as a character who lacks integrity and an oppressor of the economically autonomous dream of George and Lennie. Through a juxtaposition between power and helplessness, Curley is depicted as inhumane. The simile ‘like a terrier’ contrasts Curley’s docile and aggressive nature with Lennie who, with the animalistic imagery ‘huge paws’ and ‘bleated’ is likened to a passive and weak creature. Through an accumulation of violent images, ‘slashed’, ‘smashed’, ‘terror’ and ‘slugging’, the lack of justice and ethicality through power exploitation is exemplified.
Such violence is really only the cause of Roy’s pain, his emotions controlling his actions conflicts with our prejudice. Frankenstein's Monster's anguish comes from the rejection he feels from society “Am I to be thought the only criminal, when all human kind sinned against me?”. Posing this Rhetorical question highlights the Irony of how the monster while innocent has been judged just as the reader has. Influenced by her father Mary Shelley's story of a monster portrays the idea that to be human goes beyond that of the body. The Monsters vulgarity and the Replicants perfection does not define them their reaction and action and the ability to think morally and ethically makes them human.
Alex Rounds Swafford Pre-AP English 10 April 23, 2012 Tom Robinson’s Struggle with his Alienation Societal alienation is perhaps the cruelest way an individual or group can be treated by a community. When alienated, or alone and without any support, it is human nature for person a person to break down. In the American classic Too Kill a Mockinbird by Harper Lee, the character Tom Robinson struggles with this societal behavior ultimately leading to his downfall. He is an example of seclusion and shunning by society for the pure fact of being black. This alienation stems from untrue stereotypes and the disturbing moral values exhibited by the inhabitants of Maycomb.
As, happiness leads to love, sadness leads to anger, hates leads to suffering and excellence of one can lead to dislikeness of others. Jealousy is nothing more than a fear of abandonment. Enders came by Orson Scott Card suggests that people dislike those who excel, the evidence is shown by Ender throughout the story, whose excellence makes him suffer when he faces Peter’s (brother’s) anger, the group members’ separation and his excellence forces others to torture him in many ways. Even though Ender is a nine year old boy, he is so brilliant that his excellence becomes a threat in many ways and Ender suffers in spite of his brilliance. To begin with the novel shows how Ender’s excellence makes him a victim of his brother’s anger.
The power of a human being is not enough to create a life, yet Frankenstein attempted to create life, causing misery and depression for the monster. The monster also feels cut off from humanity “The human senses are insurmountable barriers to our union.” “Insurmountable barriers” is a metaphor describing the human senses. The monster sees the human senses as a barrier between him and Frankenstein due to his hideous appearance. This shows the hatred towards not only towards Frankenstein, but also the whole human race since everyone is horrified by the monster’s appearance. This caused the monster to feel hatred: “if I cannot inspire love I will cause fear, and chiefly towards you my archenemy, because my creator, do I swear inextinguishable hatred.” There is a use of contrast in this quote: love vs. fear, bringing out the message that the monster has experienced discrimination and all the love in him was taken away, and to be replaced by hatred.