Essay on Dystopian Heroes

1103 Words Nov 12th, 2012 5 Pages
Dystopian Heroes A dystopian society mainly asks one question and that is, “What if?” Typically, their government, beliefs, and way of life are different from what we would find normal. All the literary works demonstrate a society unlike ours including: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, “Harrison Bergeron” by Harrison Vonnegut, “The Pedestrian” by Ray Bradbury, Anthem by Ayn Rand, 1984 by George Orwell, and Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. In every dystopian society, there is an outcast who does not agree with the government. Dystopian heroes are usually disconnected from the rest of their society. There is usually a slow progression of rebellion until …show more content…
In Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, the dystopian hero is John the Savage. He was in a new society, different from what he was used to. He was against it from the very start because their beliefs and way of life contradicted with his. The World State had done away with the ideas of love and family to create their version of a perfect, utopian society; however, John had a mother, Lenina, whom he loved. When Lenina passed away, he “[pushed] open a window that looked on to the inner court of the hospital and [threw] the little pill-boxes of soma tablets in handfuls out into the area” (Huxley 213). His outburst was his last attempt to change this mad society. In the end, the society won, and he ended up secluding and killing himself. In “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, Tessie Hutchinson is the exact opposite of a dystopian hero. She arrived late to the lottery and had an overall bad attitude. As everyone took turns drawing cards, Tess was closer to her death each step. Bill was the original “winner” of the lottery, until Tess objected. She complained that it was not fair for Bill, so they redraw, but it was Tessie who had the paper with the black dot. As the villagers threw stones at her, she screamed that it wasn’t fair. Tessie was ill-mannered and hypocritical. She was not happy with any results that had interfered with her life. She should have taken what was given to

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