Sunday, October 19, 2014
Historical Context - Alejandro A.
Reflection on parts #1-4
Why was this book controversial? Which
themes or ideas were challenging to society?
I think this book was so controversial because of the whole theme of "I," that individualism is seen so great (even though Rand makes being an individual bad in the book, but she makes us think that it's incredibly good) that we have no need for society and everyone should do whatever they want. I presume it makes certain people afraid that It'll make some people think that communities are holding them back and break free to do what they want. I myself cannot see that happening in large scenarios, but some more wary, conservative communities might see it as a threat and therefore ban the novel, and maybe spread on the idea that it's horrible and shouldn't be read/distributed. In fact, though, I think Rand is just trying to say that we should meet at a happy medium, instead of one big group of people without identities or complete chaos in a destroyed world with small pockets of individualist parties. Even though she might use complete, extreme points of view and situations, I think that people misinterpreted what she wanted to communicate and thought of it as she wanted to destroy the thoughts of communities and the thought of "we." This book might also be controversial because of the things expected by women by the community, the whole thing with the "Time of Mating." That the women chosen for the men are supposed to be okay with being with the man instead of chosing their own partner, and not even allowed to choose when and where it would happen. Apart from those two points, I can't really see anything else that people would protest/make a big problem out of.
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