Bellamy's Ideal Society

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to a society where the struggle for resources ceases to exist. There is no fear of war here, no worries of hunger or homelessness. Wealth inequality has dissolved and society is operating in a state of interdependence; the basic needs of its people are met through cooperation. Capitalism is a thing of the past in Bellamy’s view of 20th century Boston. The consciousness of the society, as well as the world seems to have evolved to include greater health, balanced wealth and more time for love. Occupants of this society are motivated by honor rather than survival or financial gain. Citizens are depicted as contented, with affection and trust for their social order.
Bellamy’s crafting of his ideal society took gusto for being a man of the 19th century. Despite great effort, he is not totally inclusive of women in his society. Bellamy’s novel was published in 1888 and he was clearly a visionary for his time. Women were not even granted the right to vote in the United States until 1920. It seems that the mere inclusion of women in Bellamy’s new and “fair” social order can be viewed as
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They worked shorter hours than men, but earned the same amount of money each year. In Bellamy’s society, women were entitled to lighter working hours and less physical demand in job placements. Women were still entitled to equal pay, but they were governed by a slightly different system that was comprised of females only. Women, separate in Bellamy’s society, are unable to rise to presidential status. Bellamy views as less capable than men, which is a reflection of his 19th century bias. Due to the view that a woman is of “weaker nature”, it makes sense in the new social order that women cannot rise to presidency. Bellamy’s blueprint is well meaning; he seems to have good intentions in giving women more freedom, but he is simply limited by his

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