And, in the same way that to become a social human being one modifies and suppresses and, ultimately, without great courage, lies to oneself about all one’s interior, uncharted chaos, so have we, as a nation, modified or suppressed and lied about all the darker forces in our history. We know, in the case of the person, that whoever cannot tell himself the truth about his past is trapped in it, is immobilized in the prison of his undiscovered self. This is also true of nations. We know how a person, in such a paralysis, is unable to assess either his weaknesses or his strengths, and how frequently indeed he mistakes
/ This is number three (Plath 21-22).” In the poem she describes the two previous attempts at killing herself when she says “The first time it happened I was ten. /It was an accident. /The second time I meant to last it out and not come back at all (Plath 35-38)”. She describes death as “an art” that she does “exceptionally well” (Plath 43-45). The narrator is clearly miserable with her life and considers suicide to be the only solution.
As a final result of the individuals thinking for themselves, society ends up crushing their individuality. In the book Anthem, it is shown that the society defeats the individual. Anthem is a
Daniel F. Ruiz Soc. 120 Reaction paper #1 Body Rituals among the Nacirema For many years, America has fallen into ethnocentrism, believing that it is their culture that is superior to others and has judged foreign behaviors by the standards of their own. When reading Horace Miner’s “Body Rituals Among the Nacirema” the reader is driven to look upon the Nacirema’s particular behaviors as bizarre and unacceptable. Throughout the article the Nacirema is described as a culture that goes to extreme lengths to perform seemingly ridiculous rituals in order to be content with their self-image and perspective of themselves. What the reader does not realize is that Miner was drawing the parallels of this mythical society to the reality of Americans discontentment with their physical appearance, dependency on modern medicine and willingness to undergo painstaking procedures to be accepted by the society that they comprise.
Sykes argues how the loss of freedom, heterosexual relationships, isolation and boredom leads inmates needing to engage in violence which is a reaction to the hurt they feel. Deindividuation may also account for a display of aggression. Removing an individual’s own clothes and replacing them with uniform plays a major part in depersonalising them. The removal of this individuality is more likely to dehumanise them. An example is in the Rwandan Genocide in which 800,000 Tutis were killed by Rwandan extremists.
In addition, Source 3 also explains that although Wolsey had fallen from his height of power, to some extent his enemies still feared the little power they believed he still held. We will examine the sources to analyse how far they do agree that Wolsey’s fall from power was complete. Sources 1 and 2 both agree that to a strong extent Wolsey’s fall from power was complete. Source 1 conveys that Wolsey was very emotionally distressed after his dismissal, stating that “heart and tongue failed him completely.” However, it also suggests a hope of some liberation from this distress by “Francis and Madame”. In contrast, Source 2 simply states that “The downfall of the Cardinal is complete.” However, Source 2’s credibility can be questioned as this was a report from the ambassador to the Holy Roman Empire.
Fahrenheit 451: The Crumble of Intellect and Communication Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury describes a society that has lost almost all of its personal interactions to technology. The fear of feeling inferior has driven this society to accept the absence of knowledge. Guy Montag, the main character, discovers that the ban on knowledge and the shaming of awareness and critical thinking has collapsed all relationships, morals, and liberty. Bradbury foresees the destruction of individualism and freedom caused by restrictions on intellect, and the lack of communication. This prediction calls for a bleak future that does, in fact, draw parallels with censorship in modern society.
The mere act of speaking “the unspeakable word” (ego) results in a sentence of death, [Chapter 2]. If even a single person, such as Equality, begins to understand the power of free thought, “the power of ego” [Chapter 12], then others will follow his footsteps. The resulting rippling effect would be uncontrollable. It will ultimately lead to the Council’s demise. Ayn Rand’s book is a statement on the power of fear, the fear of enlightenment.
Lieutenant Cross knows that it was because of his carelessness, that Ted Lavender was dead. This is shown on page 346, when O’Brien writes, “He felt shame. He hated himself. He had loved Martha more than his men, and as a consequence, Lavender was now dead, and this was something he would have to carry like a stone