Dystopian Heroes

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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…
Although he tried to make a change and break away from the rules of the society, his reasons were selfish. He says, “Watch me become what I can become,” as he tears away his handicaps. He did not care for others being free, only himself. His selfish reasons led to his death and the death of another ballerina. In “The Pedestrian” by Ray Bradbury, the dystopian hero is Leonard Mead. Leonard Mead is living in a society filled with TV and technology. He likes to go outside for a simple walk, until one day, a police car stops him. He was seen as strange for not watching TV, so he was sent to a correction center. Unlike all the other people, Leonard Mead keeps all his house lights on. It might be symbolic for his warm heart, trapped in a world of darkness and oblivion around him. In Anthem by Ayn Rand, the dystopian hero is Equality. The society that Equality was stuck in had no individuals. They had even replaced the word, ‘I’ with ‘we.’ Equality explores into the unknown and discovers light. When he goes to the House of Scholars to present his discovery and gift, they reject him and he runs away with another person named Liberty. Together, they find a house from the Unmentionable Times and they live there. They plan to go back and gather others who want to join them. Equality is a dystopian hero because he rebelled for non selfish reasons. He stuck out from the rest. In 1984 by George Orwell, the dystopian hero is Winston. At first, Winston seems

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