Equalities Role in Keeping up a Utopian Society
By; Reanna Willey
In 1815 your family immigrated to America under the assumption that America was a utopian society, where freedom of religion, speech, and press where no longer privileges but demands. With the ideas behind the Declaration of Independence fueling their ambitions, and the wishful thinking of hundreds of civilians, the thought of equality flourished within the minds of settlers. The mindset that equality plays the largest role in keeping up a utopian society. It’s now 1848 you’re among the many white males to have colonized America; outside your window are a handful of short-skirted, picket sign wielding women all shouting for the same thing, equal rights. You’re intrigued with their indecent skin exposure yet disgusted with their propaganda. Fast forward to 1863; you’re heading to a tobacco plantation when you hear of the Emancipation Proclamation; whereupon January 1st of 1863 African Americans are deemed free. You are instantly mortified with the amount of profit you are going to lose from this alteration, and become enraged at the thought of colored people being equal to you. In essence you’re the government; you’re not afflicted by the low standards of women nor by the shunning of African Americans. You’re at the top of the social system; but the same structure that placed you so high is about to crumble, because its 1939 America has been in a great depression for ten years and the second world war has begun. Instead of coming together as a country riots are breaking out in the streets; white versus black, men are refusing to come to work because their masculinity is being insulted by the thought of female aviators. A dystopian society has begun to be revealed; much like those shown in Harrison Bergeron, The Giver, and Serenity where throughout each realm certain qualities of equality namely social class differences, social injustice, and rebellion cause the society to ultimately fail. In order to be equal, a man must be able to look at another man with the same opinion; unfortunately we all know an apple isn’t an onion, and due to this recognition social classes begin to occur. To wit, George from Harrison Bergeron is depicted as a highly intelligent man; yet he will never know of his capabilities due to the solemn fact that he isn’t part of the government, causing him to be trapped within the rat maze the government allows him to wander. “Every twenty seconds or so, the transmitter would send out some sharp noise to keep people like George from taking unfair advantage of their brains.” (Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. HB pg1) There are precisely 1440 minutes in a day; meaning that George and citizens within Georges society think and forget 4,320 ideas in a single 24 hour period, leaving the government as the only source of intelligence. For instance when Harrison broke free nobody had the ability to comprehend anything more than he was going to be in trouble as for the government was able to quickly swoop in an army and take out the potential threat. Likewise the community within The Giver is under scientific experimental drugs causing everyone to only see black and white, yet only the government is aware of this. “It is of our best interest as a society to limit the knowledge of your friends and family, so no body tears through the fabric we have weaved” (Lowry, The Giver pg 92). The strict rules placed within the society leave each person with a specific job rather it be a birth mother or a care taker they are to fulfill their duty without complaints or they are at the risk of being released to a place known as “Elsewhere” all while the committee sits and watches because they’re not in fear of getting something wrong when they make the rules. In the case of Rosemary when she drowned herself in the river because she couldn’t handle the stress that came with being the receiver, the committee banned...
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