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“We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the constitution says, but everyone made equal . . . A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take the shot from the weapon. Breach man’s mind.” (Bradbury, 55) I chose this quote to support the prompt of how dystopian texts play around with the idea of free speech and equity among all peoples. The contrast between the book and the gun shows how powerful and meaningful reading books are. Beatty explains how he wants to defend “equality” by making sure everyone is dumb. This shows how the greater point being made is that they are trying to keep everyone’s IQ on a lower level than the ones in power like the firefighters. It is very ironic because the people enforcing the rule of not reading are actually reading, and he is willing to defend “equality” while still remaining educated himself. This shows an example of the Marxist theory too. The upper class firemen are allowed to read books, but then burn them, yet everyone under the firemen must not own any books or else their homes and their books will be burned. The firemen are the bourgeoisie and the citizens are the proletariat. This shows the struggle of classes that Karl Marx emphasizes in his theory.” ‘I-I,’ sobbed Mrs.Phelps, ‘don’t know, don’t know, I just don’t know, oh, oh….'” (Bradbury, 97) I chose this quote to show the treatment and identity of women in dystopian texts. This reveals the character of Mrs.Phelps being a very gentle, easily heartbroken lady. Feminists would take issue with this because this book is portraying women as sensitive, which follows the usual stereotype of women being soft. Also, her crying and not knowing why is another reason why feminists would take issue with this quotation. Her not understanding what she is crying about makes her seem unconfident and unintelligent, which is evident within most of the female characters in the novel. This quote also has many elements of the psychoanalytic theory. The women showing archetypes such as “the innocent” and “the good wife”. Also, Mrs.Phelps crying shows an element of her mask. Features of Postmodernism can also be seen in Mrs.Phelps because she has no political agenda.”Stoneman and Black drew forth their rule books, which also contained brief histories of the Firemen of America” (Bradbury, 32) I chose this quote to show the treatment and identity of women in dystopian texts. Firemen represent sexism in this case because there are no women allowed to join the Firemen. Feminists would take issue with this because the government deems women as “weak” and “the damsel in distress” instead of the person that is “strong” that can deal with burning someone’s possessions. The rule book is also a phallic symbol, because it is strong and powerful, this shows how the quote has some aspect of the Freudian theory. The Psychoanalytic theory is also evident in the quote because it is giving women the archetype of “the companion”. The stereotypes and biases given to women by society in the book will be what make feminists take issue with this quote. The Firemen are a great example of history being fiction, which is a postmodernist theory. This is because the firemen back then were stopping fires, and now they are starting them, but the people in power (the government) are changing history, saying that they were always burning books.”There must be something in books, things we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.” (Bradbury, 48) I chose this quote to explain the role of hope in my novel. Books represent hope, since they give a reason for people to fight against the government. The problem with this is being able to keep your hope and overcome corruption caused by the peer pressure around you. The woman wasn’t able to overcome the firemen’s corruption of power. The book also represents power and strength because without her books, the woman would lose her power and strength to rebel against the government, so she decided to end her life. This shows that a book is a phallic symbol because it represents power and strength.  This means that the quote has some aspect of Freudian theory. Furthermore, the quote reveals the woman’s animus, since she has courage, which is considered a ‘male’ trait. This means that the quote also has an aspect of Jungian/psychoanalytic theory.” ‘Will you turn the parlor off?’ he asked. ‘That’s my family.’ mildred says” (Bradbury, 52)I chose this quote to prove the prompt why technology and progress are frequently presented as having resulted in mass/global destruction. This shows how the advancements in the technology such as the televisions with the size of a wall lead to mass destruction, and ultimately, total control of the government. This is because as the radio would be warning people of the war, the citizens were stuck watching the television, which would try to hypnotize the people watching so that they wouldn’t worry about the war and try to take stand against the government for it. Also, the televisions would give people a reason not to worry about books. As a connection to our society, televisions only stop kids from reading books because televisions show images and play sound, and not just text. Most kids nowadays have ipads and ipods rather than owning books. The author also shows informal satire with mildred, making fun of how televisions are brainwashing people. When mildred says ‘that’s my family’ it is such a silly thing to say about a television, but it is bringing awareness about the fact that kids these days are using televisions so much that it is a part of their family now. This shows technoculture and paranoia, how we should be afraid of the advancements in technology because it is brainwashing the citizens of this city. That is how there is an element of postmodernism.”and then the city rolled over and fell down dead. The sound of it’s death came after” (Bradbury, 153) I chose this quote to prove the prompt why technology and progress are frequently presented as having resulted in mass/global destruction. This quote gives the city human traits like rolling over and falling down. This is known as personification. Also, this shows how the progress of technology lead to the death of the people. In this case, war bombers and their advancements on bombs led to the mass destruction of the city. Also, the advancements in the technology such as the televisions with the size of a wall lead to mass destruction, and ultimately, total control of the government. This is because as the radio would be warning people of the war, the citizens were stuck watching the television, which would try to hypnotize the people watching so that they wouldn’t worry about the war and try to take stand against the government for it. This is connected to the real world, because teenagers are stuck watching things like youtube or netflix, rather than worrying about the politics or potential wars.”Surely you remember the boy in your own school class who was exceptionally ‘bright,’… We must all be alike” (Bradbury, 55) I chose this quote to support the prompt of how dystopian texts play around with the idea of free speech and equity among all peoples. In the book being unintelligent is looked as being “equal”. So by burning books and hitting the smart kid, they will make society “equal”. This piece is very ironic because the smart kid is the one that is punished for being smart. Usually being smart is prestigious and awarded. While in the book it is the opposite, if you are seen as smart you are beaten and frowned upon.”But my uncle says that was merely rationalizing it; the real reason, hidden underneath, might be they didn’t want people sitting like that, doing nothing, rocking, talking; that was the wrong kind of social life. People talked too much.” (Bradbury, 60) I chose this quote to support the prompt of how dystopian texts play around with the idea of free speech and equity among all peoples. The porches are a symbol of knowledge and peace. To remove the porches means that you are removing knowledge and peace from people’s minds. The reason they do this is to make sure people are on their feet making impulsive decisions, not stopping to think about their life and question the rules/laws the government has put in place. If the porch was still a part of people’s daily lives, they would take time to stop and do nothing but think about their lives and what is right or wrong about them or the things around them. This relates to certain countries in our world today and how the government blocks certain social media platforms to be able to feed their own information to the people. This helps the government maintain power and restrict other people’s knowledge of the outside world. Iran, China, India, Bangladesh, and Malaysia are some examples of countries that do this.”While the books went up in sparkling whirls and blew away on a wind turned dark with burning. Montag grinned the fierce grin of all men singed and driven back by flame… It never went away, that smile, it never went away, as long as he remembered.” (Bradbury, 2) I chose this quote to support the prompt of how knowing our history and having a deeper knowledge about our past is critical to our lives today. The author foreshadows his sadness/worries coming soon by showing the over exaggerated happiness that Montag has. This also shows how at the beginning of the book Montag didn’t look at the past, present, or future and reflect his actions in order to keep conscience clear and happy. In the quote, Montag has a smile permanently placed on his face, which is the result of not thinking about what he did to others homes, books, or friends/family. “In the bathroom, water ran. He heard Mildred shake the sleeping tablets into her hand.” (Bradbury, 98) I chose this quote to show the treatment and identity of women in dystopian texts. This reveals the character of Mildred being someone suicidal, and she tries to escape reality  by overdosing with the sleeping tablets in her bathroom. Being suicidal is usually interpreted that the person is weak and that they are not optimistic. Feminists would take issue with this because this quote is connotatively portraying women as and weak and not optimistic. Also, in the book, women have a very minimal role and are rarely seen, with most of them being the stereotypical wives and mothers. Mildred’s character is very two-dimensional, which is a satiric device. Most of the women in the story are also very naive placed in a “grotesque” world, also another satiric device. Drugs such as alcohol and weed are used on a daily basis by people in our society. They use it to get away from reality because they have stress in their life that they cannot overcome by themselves. This leads them to want to smoke/drink, since weed and alcohol relieve anxiety.D.E.Ns from ISU novel (Anthem)”We are one . . . alone . . . and only . . . and we love you who are one . . . alone . . . and only … We looked into each other’s eyes and we knew that the breath of a miracle had touched us, and fled, and left us groping vainly.” (Ayn Rand, 70) Here, the Golden One attempts to explain that she loves Equality 7-2521, but she doesn’t have the correct vocabulary to do so, this leads them to be upset and confused. They do not know the Unspeakable Word “I,” and because of this, the repetition of the word ‘we’ can be seen. In the novel, it can be seen that the government tries to hide and conceal individualism to promote their views of ‘equality’. Due to this, the Unspeakable Word represents power and rebellion, since the government wanted to completely wipe the people’s knowledge of it. Furthermore, the word can completely destroy the social system, due to the fact it would destroy ‘equality’, since people would be using a word that involves themselves and not others. This creates rebellion because people can now be more selfish and expressive, leading to protests and rebellion against the government and it’s system.”Our face was not like the faces of our brothers, for we felt no pity when looking upon it. Our body was not like the bodies of our brothers, for our limbs were straight and thin and hard and strong.” (Ayn Rand, 63) For the first time in his life, Equality 7-2521 sees his own reflection. This is the revelation of his physical appearance, and he is proud of his image. Moreover, his body reflects his personal characteristics of strength and fearlessness, and these traits are the same qualities that he sees in the Golden One, which leads him to be attracted to her. Equality 7-2521  can finally see his mask, which is interpreted as the ‘physical appearance’ by enthusiasts of the Jungian Theory. After he sees his physical appearance, Equality 7-2521 has a boost in confidence and courage, due to his perception on the way he looks.”For this wire is a part of our body, as a vein torn from us, glowing with our blood. Are we proud of this thread of metal, or of our hands which made it, or is there a line to divide these two?” (Ayn Rand, 46) The simile Equality 7-2521 uses here to compare the wire to a vein in his body shows how greatly he values this invention he made. He also starts to believe that he loves his creation not because of its use for others, but because the invention gives him power as an individual, and makes him stand out from others. Post-Modernist views would advise Equality 7-2521 to not get so attached to technology. This is because of technoculture and paranoia, which is the fear of technology and its advancement due to the increase in unwarranted surveillance, loss of jobs, etc.”It is a sin to write this. It is a sin to think words no others think and to put them down upon a paper no others are to see. It is base and evil. It is as if we were speaking alone to no ears but our own. And we know well that there is no transgression blacker than to do or think alone.” (Ayn Rand, 13) Equality 7-2521 begins Anthem with this statement of the sins he is committing, showing the level of  which society and the government has influenced the development of his thoughts. This shows the ridiculous laws placed on the citizens, as they are not allowed to think alone. This leads the reader to sympathize for him because of the punishments he would have to endure just for having private thoughts. Furthermore, the narrator speaks in the first-person plural, implying that the word “I” has disappeared from his society. This line introduces us to the corrupt government and the irrational level of equality. Thus, the opening lines immediately establish the setting of Anthem as a dystopian world.”If danger threatens you we shall face it also. If it be death, we shall die with you… Do as you please with us, but do not send us away from you” (Ayn Rand, 66) In this scene, Liberty followed Equality 7-2521 into the forest and tells him that she prefers to die with him instead of him not let her go with him. The treatment and identity of women in the novel is very troublesome for feminists. This is because Liberty just recently met Equality, but she says she would die for him anyway. Also, this shows how Liberty only follows Equality’s shadow and has no voice or control. It is seen when she says she doesn’t want him to send her away from him. This is implying that she has no power over whether she can follow him or not, essentially saying that he can control her every movement and action. Furthermore, it seems as if Liberty is worshipping him. The concept of worshipping stems from believing that someone/something is superior to them, so they praise it. This means that Liberty believes that she is inferior to him, which is a common female stereotype. Overall, the character of Liberty is not very feminist-friendly and portrays many common female stereotypes. D.E.Ns from ISU movie (V for Vendetta)”In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition.” (2006)In this scene, ‘V’ is introducing himself. He is giving a speech to Evey, about whom he is. This use of alliteration shows his anger and determination to rebel against the government. His mask is very symbolic, as it is a mask of Guy Fawkes, who is known for attempting to blow up the British Parliament on November 5th, 1606. This is significant to the movie because it means that V is trying to do what Guy Fawkes couldn’t do. “We also doubled our random sweeps and are monitoring phone surveillance indicating a high percentage of conversation concerned about the explosion” (2006) The theme of surveillance is seen throughout the whole movie. Surveillance is seen through the cameras with retina scanners, the phone recordings, and the sweeps they would do to listen in on what others were saying in their homes. The people would accept the surveillance because they knew that it was being carried out by police officers and officials. This shows how it is accepted, but only because of the people that carried it out. V ended up exposing all this and opening up peoples thoughts, which is what lead them to riot and destroy parliament.”Because in this world, if I was to invite who I desired, I would undoubtedly find myself without a home, let alone a TV show.” (2006) In this scene, Gordon Deitrich shows Evey his secret vault, and in it there is the quran, a work of art against the government, and pictures showing that Gordon was homosexual. The far-right government created so many strict rules and regulations-suppressing individuals. This means that people were not allowed to follow other religions or beliefs, since they weren’t the ones of the country itself. If people were different, they would be killed. This reveals the dystopian world they are living in. It is set in a future britain, where a far-right ruler has come and enacted himself as chancellor. This was the world that V was against, a world of totalitarianism.”Beneath this mask there is more than flesh, Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof.” (2006) In this scene, V has been shot multiple times by Mr.Creedy and his goons. V ends up getting Mr.Creedy in a choke after taking many shots, and Mr.Creedy asks how V is still alive. He then says that he has an idea, and that they are bulletproof. The theme of rebellion is predominant in this movie, and is seen in the quote. When V says that ‘ideas are bulletproof’, it shows how the government cannot kill ideas, therefore they cannot stop the revolution. This is what motivates V, and due to this he isn’t afraid of death, as long as the citizens get freedom.”V, I don’t want you to die.” (2006) This part shows how Evey loved V. Feminists would take issue with this because it portrays evey as simple-minded, since she loves the person that tortured her ‘for her own good’. Evey is also shown as weak and a ‘damsel in distress’. There are two parts in the movie where she is in need of rescue. The first occurs when she is ambushed by a group of three men who attempt to sexually assault her. Evey makes an attempt to escape, but fails due to the fact the men are physically stronger than her. However, V, is able to take down the three men and save Evey. In another scene, Evey attempts to protect V as she confronts one of the detectives. When she uses pepper spray to stun him it shows her as physically and mentally weak because she cannot physically fight him, but she must resort to using a weapon. However, the detective easily knocks Evey out and therefore, V ends up saving Evey again. In both circumstances, Evey tries to either defend herself or someone else, but is easily overpowered by men. Thus, the film emphasizes the stereotype of female inferiority since the men in the movie are stronger physically, which establishes men as the superior and dominant sex. That is why feminists would take issue with this.