Minorities use to be slaves, and had very little status in society, but that status was built up to the point where there now suppose to be equals. Although, many feel inferior to these immigrants therefore they discriminate against them through gender, age, religion and race. Despite the promotion of equality there are still many types of discrimination in today’s society. Discrimination visibly occurs in the workplace as well as in the mass media. Why are their still forms of discrimination in today’s society?
However, personal experience is also a factor which impacts on every conflict, and from what the person has experienced from their own past, it can change the way that person views the other. Prejudice is a major issue which plays a huge role in the conflict of Twelve Angry Men, where Rose has this factor impacting on the play as a whole. The conflict in twelve Angry Men is one which explores the limits of racism, “one of them”, and displays many prejudice acts that meet the measures of life in 1950s America. Rose had the involvement of the jury, and the case its self, as an illustration of prejudiced actions and forms of personal behaviours
The theme of revenge plays quite a predominant part in the novel ‘Wuthering Heights’, even much so, that it can be considered as a primary motivation in the novel and much, if not all, of the events that occur in Volume I and Volume II would have not been able to take place. For example, if Heathcliff were to have his way with Catherine if it were not for his social class and the norms and taboos of the 18th Century, then the later events of marrying Isabella and corrupting Hareton would have not occurred. It is important to take note that of the fact that some characters, namely Heathcliff, use the need of revenge as a sole pure motivation to carry on with their deeds and to keep on living. “I’m trying to settle how I should pay Hindley back. I don’t care how long I wait, if I can do it only to last.
This is unusual in Lawrence’s stories. T the beginning of the story Lawrence writes, “And yet she was like a weapon against him, fierce with talons of iron, to push him out of the nest place he had made”. This suggests that Winifred is an aggressive and powerful character in the story. It suggests that she is indeed the dominant person in the relationship rather that Evelyn who at this point in the story looks weak and meagre compared to the influential Winifred. This is a very interesting start to the story for the reader as in the majority of Lawrence’s novels the male is the dominant figure from the outset.
For example, when Nora’s friend from school was married her husband was in complete control of his business. However, when he passed away the whole thing collapsed. He didn’t see her as ever needing to live without him and that is the impotence that was intended to be portrayed. At the beginning of the story, Nora seemed to like the lifestyle. As the play continued, she realized her need for independence, which is why I believe she took the lending into her own hands.
Shakespeare's men are perhaps the topic of conversation that comes to mind, when one discusses his catalog. From Othello to Romeo, Kings Henry V and Richard III, all strong men who had to face much personal, and sometimes public, adversity and helped shape how we perceive gender roles in modern society. However, if one were to look past the tangled story lines, the strong and weak men in his body of work, and all the other minutia, we find the women that impacted the lives of those men, and even the roots of some of the social stigmas we deal with today. In order to really understand the how deeply Shakespeare influenced the stigmas on gender roles we deal with today, one must go back to his time and understand how women were perceived back then. Women who were born into “higher ranked” families would often be presented as possessions and even passed around between fathers and husbands.
The oppression of individuals transcends throughout many historical eras. Many instances occur because of the misuse of power, which compromises an individual’s integrity. It is the wishful thinking of society that individuals are educated about oppression to avoid more of these incidents, yet many countries still face racial and cultural barriers. In the essay “The Metropolis and Mental Life”, Georg Simmel states, “the deepest problems of modern life flow from the attempt of the individual to maintain the independence and individuality of his existence against the sovereign powers of society, against the weight of the historical heritage and the external culture and technique of life.” (Simmel, The Metropolis and Mental Life p. 316). Simmel’s ideology portrays culture’s ability to oppress individuals due to the effects of social norms and the abuse of power.
In all of the texts I have researched, social control is portrayed in a negative light and it is the role of the protagonist to fight against the forces instilling social control in society. Social control is a topic often portrayed by authors and directors as it is an idea audiences can relate with. As they mimic reality, fictional works often present parallels to the real world in which the setting plays a big role. Often, the text is set as a dystopian type story and always focuses on one person as the root of the control who often has a strong backing either by the public or the government. The figurehead is often feared and intimidates society into conformity.
Therefore, the conflict between id, ego, and superego is the psychological battle that characters in this story have to cope with. Moreover, based on the three components, there is also a connection between psychological struggles of characters and major theme of this short story: life has so many fluctuations; therefore, a small thing can save or destroy your life. This short story was published before World War I started. At that time, people were really worried about their wealth, class, popularity, and reputation. There was an unequal distribution of social roles between men and women.