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Please discuss the concept (and themes) of inequality and its representation in literature below . . .
Posted by lhobbs at January 30, 2012 09:02 AM
On Wednesday April 18 our class was put into groups to do an in- class activity. I was in a group with Katie Kovac and April Haunsberger and we were to write about the theme of inequality presented in Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. Although we had came up with a few examples, we all as a group decided on one in particular that we felt displayed the best example of inequality. The example that we chose is on page 78. This was when Esther had found out that Buddy Willard had slept with a waitress that he had met over the summer. It seemed that from hearing this, Esther had felt unequal to Buddy because he had slept with one more person than she did. Esther had stated “Ever since Buddy Willard had told me about that waitress I had been thinking I ought to go out and sleep with somebody myself “(78). It was like a competition to Esther, like the only way that she could be viewed as “equal” to Buddy was to go out and sleep with a man. This however, is a perceived inequality on Esther’s part, because she was the only person that thought this way. Also, this could also be considered as an inequality because sex was viewed a lot differently at the time period for men and women. Pre-marital sex was something that was unheard of and unspoken about.
Posted by: Lyndsay Krall at April 19, 2007 10:25 AM
Instructor Lee Hobbs
ENGL 101.025 College Writing
18 April 2007
Through the Eyes of Inequality
In the movie The Eye of the Beholder you are confronted with many inequalities. One of the most dominating inequalities in this movie was the segregation of minorities based on the way they looked. People that did not look like the majority of society were treated unequal. One way they tried to change the minorities was by put them into hospitals to receive treatment to change there facial features. If the facial surgery did not work by changing their features, then they were cast away to ghettos with their minorities and treated as if they had an illness. The minorities were left to live in squander and in conditions of lesser quality than the majority of society. These inequalities were all based on appearance and the fact that the majority of this society wanted total conformity.
Posted by: Erika G. at April 19, 2007 12:47 PM
Our group was number two and we were given The Bell Jar to discuss an example of inequality that has taken place in the novel. Our group agreed and I strongly agree that one of the major inequalities that had taken place in The Bell Jar was based on sexual experience. Esther seemed to feel inferior and unequal to Buddy Willard because he had slept with one more person than she did (79). I feel that this is not a world wide inequality, however to Esther this is a personal problem and issure for her. She feels threatened and unwanted by Buddy because he did not encounter a sexual relationship with her first.
Posted by: April Hunsberger at April 19, 2007 03:05 PM
Dr. Lee Hobbs
English Humanities Literature 121
April 19, 2007
Inequality and Literature
In class on Wed., we were in groups and assigned a book or short story that we read in class. We were told to pick out the biggest inequality.
I was the last group and we were assigned “Luck” by Mark Twain. The biggest inequality that we thought was in the story was when they stated, “the very best thing in all this world that can befall a man is to be born lucky,” (Roberts 245). This is saying that being born lucky is better than not being born lucky. For example, a child is lucky being born into a rich family rather than a child being born into a poorer family. That is the biggest inequality that we found as a group.
Until Next Class
Posted by: Brooke Decker at April 19, 2007 05:01 PM
Instructor Lee Hobbs
19 April 2007
In class, I was in group 8, and we were to discuss examples of inequality in the documentary of Bernard Often. Bernard Often was a survivor of the Holocaust. Thinking of the documentary from that perspective, the whole thing was about inequality. Often was suffering from religious persecution. He claims he remembers being afraid to walk past a church because he didn’t want to be attacked verbally and physically simply because he was Jewish. Race and religion are a huge part of the inequality in the world.
Posted by: Andy Hood at April 19, 2007 06:17 PM
In the Book DDS the biggest and most obvious example of inequality is the treatment of the Jews by Nazi Germany. The Jews were so inequal to the Germans that they were considered an unnecessary race of people. The Jews were murdered by the millions and the survivers who escaped the Holocaust were undoubtley changed forever.
Posted by: Greg Crossland at April 19, 2007 09:57 PM
In today’s class my group compared the inequality and equality found in the play “Trifles”. The story’s plot is based around a murder and determining whom the suspect is. In the play men and their wives go over the house in which the man was murdered. The men are allowed to explore the house while the women were excluded only to the kitchen, which is symbolizing the domesticated role of women in that society. The equality in the play is that the women were allowed to go to the house. On the other hand, the inequality was that they were not allowed to go anywhere but the kitchen.
Posted by: Sheryll Daugherty at April 19, 2007 10:11 PM
I was in group #5; we hadto show an example inequality or equality from The story the Necklace.
In the story of the Necklace there are many signs of inequality rather then equality an dthis is why I decided to go against what my group and I found on wed. by showing an example of equality in the short story the Necklace. In the necklace there was an equality at the party. The reason that equality shined through was becasue these men and women were all dressed up and were considered to be fine people. While this poor women tried to fit in by dressing like them this prove sthat their was an equality amoungts these people ta this grand party.
Posted by: Carlos R. Gonzalez at April 20, 2007 09:25 AM
My group was responsible for inequality in the Eye of the Beholder. I think the biggest inequality is that she was a minority. She was segregated to a different community and nobody wanted to talk to her because she was stupid.
Posted by: Steve Petrone at April 20, 2007 10:25 AM
Dear Professor Hobbs,
In the story I was given, Goodman Brown, inequality is represented in the way that Goodman makes all of the decisions in his household. When he is leaving, he tells his wife exactly what he is doing, and does not ask for her input about anything. For instance, on page 222 in the story Goodman is departing for a journey. His wife asks if he will stay home with her at least for the night and he denies. He had already made up his mind about what he was going to do and he does not take into account what his wife has to say about anything.
Posted by: Jaime Hersh at April 20, 2007 12:18 PM
I was in group six and we had the story "The Necklace". I felt the biggest example of inequality in this story was due to economic differences. Mathilde Loisel married a clerk, so she was considered very poor compared to the women who married higher class men. Day dreaming was the only way in which Mrs. Loisel felt that she could be around extravagant things. Mrs. Loisel envied anyone who had more money that she did, and she felt that she had to change her image in order to be accepted by society.
Posted by: Jen Naugle at April 20, 2007 08:49 PM
Wednesday in class, my group was given the Bernard Offen Film to think about and come up with the best example of inequality from it. I think the whole film is obviously an example of inequality, because it is about the Holocaust, which is based on sheer inequality.One specific example our group came up with was when Bernard would walk by a Jewish temple when he was a child, and he would get stones thrown at him by other children if he would look at the church at all. I think this is a very sad example of inequality, especially because it is inequality between young children.
Posted by: Rebecca Shenkle at April 21, 2007 11:08 AM
April 17, 2007
My group was assigned to the book Watership Down . In the book watership down there was inequality displayed throughout the book. The big and strong rabbits was treated with respect. The smaller rabbits was not given the same respect as the big rabbits. For example Fiver was treated differently from his brother because he was a runt.
Posted by: Melisa Parsons at April 21, 2007 09:58 PM
My group had to talk about equality and inequality of Trifles. We came up with that the equality was that the ladies were able to come on the investigation with the murder. The inequality was that the men kept teasing the women of worrying about "little things", as well as having to stay out of the way.
Posted by: Tatiana S. Mack at April 22, 2007 12:20 AM
In the Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar the biggest example of inequality we could find was the idea that Esther was unequal to Buddy Willard. Esther believed that she was unequal to Buddy because he had slept with one more person than she had. In her eyes Buddy was always one upping her since she had never slept with someone and he had. This type of inequality isn’t racial or social, but more of a personal inequality that Esther saw. Everyone feels that they have some type of personal inequality to some people and to Esther this personal inequality led her to feel insecure about herself.
Posted by: Katie Kovac at April 22, 2007 12:23 PM
My group was assigned Young Goodman Brown. There are a few issues that arise relating to gender inequalities. It is clear, in the story, that the husband is the one making the decisions and the wife is forced to abide by him. An example of this in the text is at the beginning, when Young Goodman Brown tells his wife, Faith, that he is leaving for a journey. She begs him to go any other night of the year but tonight. She doesn't want to be alone and has had bad dreams about his trip. He disreguards her statements and chooses to do as he was before. If these genders were reversed and the husband tells the wife not to leave, she would abide by him and do as he said, because of the time period.
Posted by: Erin Rock at April 22, 2007 02:21 PM
22 April 2007
I was in Group 5 for this assigment. Our task was to find the biggest example of inequality in Trifles by Susan Glaspell. I felt that, along with my group members, that the biggest example of inequality was the fact that the women had to remain sitting in the kitchen while the investigation by their husbands was being performed. The men thought that the women should not touch anything or speak of anything and that they had no importance in making any discoveries. Even in the way the men spoke to the women to remind them to remain useless shows that the males in this society were viewed as superior to women. It also shows the submissiveness of the females as they listened to the male population as they took on their role as the helpless housewives. I think that Trifles has many examples of inequality, but since it is a play, the most actively showing example would be this situation of the women remaining inactive in a serious situation.
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Posted by: Bettina Herold at April 22, 2007 05:23 PM
Since my group already discussed what would be considered the strongest form of inequality in Ellison’s The Invisible Man, racial inequality, I felt that I would discuss what I considered to be the second strongest, or perhaps, an inequality that rivals racial inequality in the novel.
Education seemed to be a very important topic in Ellison’s work as he made sure that everyone that was active in some way, shape, or form was educated. The Brotherhood were all educated, the narrator was made to have an education even at the price of a black eye. Due to race and how it created separate castes, the narrator is forced to attend a college segregated from the one the white students attended. However, since he was willing to fight for even this segregated education, it enforced just how important education was to the narrator and how he saw it as his way out of his current position. This alone set him above the others of his caste. The simple fact that he was articulate and of higher intelligence were the exact reasons he gained his job from the Brotherhood. Without them, the Brotherhood would have seen the narrator as another pawn in their quest for societal dominance instead of the Knight he became.
Educational segregation and inequality was even seen in the “helpful” Brotherhood. They adopted a scientific approach to creating an equal rights movement. This scientific approach was one they knew the less educated would not understand and thus would not refute. Also, the Brotherhood counted on their followers to be uneducated puppets that would not react along their own lines of reasoning, but along the strings of those laid out for them by the Brotherhood.
At one point, if I remember correctly, not even the narrator’s expansive knowledge was enough. His education was ‘incomplete’ according to the Brotherhood and they let him know as much. It seemed as if his street smarts and common sense were not as important as academic, book learned, scientific minded approaches to life. Education was the key to everything they wanted to accomplish and the only ones who were learned enough to fit into their ‘higher, more equal society’ were themselves; no one else was smart enough.
Though racial inequality is a fast paced portion of The Invisible Man, there are many other forms of inequality that arose in the book. Out of those others which attempted to overtake the power of racial inequality in the novel, was the issue of differences in education. Education became both a high speed highway and a road block in the novel; it just depended on which side of the road one happened to be driving.
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Posted by: Erin Knisley at April 22, 2007 06:42 PM
My group #3 had the book The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak. The biggest example of inequality was mainly how he was persecuted and forced to live in the Lodz ghetto based on his religion and how he and his family chose to live their lives.
I realize not only the jews were placed into the ghettos, but the gypsies as well. Throughout the novel, that inequality is most present.
Posted by: Tina W at April 22, 2007 07:36 PM
Inequality in The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak
Probably the most noticeable inequality in DDS was that Dawid was Jewish and because of that he was treated completely different from any other person. Because of his faith which he didn’t even get to decide and was there when he came into this world, he was treated differently. It wasn’t fair to him at all but was completely out of his control. Location had a lot to do with Dawid’s inequality too. During that time, Hitler was really the only person who really had a problem with the Jews. No other countries were really involved and with Hitler being a Jew himself it was very hypocritical in a way. So where he lived had a lot to do with how he was treated as well. He didn’t get to pick where he grew up so if it was possible for him to be in a different place then obviously his life, growing up, would be really different and most defiantly better than what he had. If he would have been in any other location with any other religious background, inequality would have never been a factor, or at least not have made that big of an impact on his life. But faith and destiny have there own way and maybe that’s what was planned for Dawid.
Posted by: Lorin Gdula at April 22, 2007 10:02 PM
Inequality and Literature
In "Young Goodman Brown," the common inequality of the story is the treatment of women. Throughout this story, especially in the very beginning, Goodman Brown bosses around his wife, treating her as if she was of less importance. He did not like when his wife talked about dreams and the aspirations she had, because he wanted her to stay in the household and take care of the chores and children. During this time period, women usually held jobs that could be classified under a domestic duty. This is because women had to work under societies limitations. This was a time when society and industry were organized and centered on men.
Posted by: Lauren Wozniak at April 22, 2007 11:52 PM
The group I was in was asked to explain the biggest example of inequality from the short clip, "Eye of the Beholder". The main character was a female who did not look like the rest of the towns population. Because she was seen as a freak of nature, she was forced to leave and move into a town that was full of people that looked like her. This is the most important example because not only is it a very serious issue from America's past, but it is still evident today. This girl was treated merely on her looks, and not what she had to offer from within. Beauty is something that guides our thoughts, not many people like something that isn't beautiful or attractive to them.
Posted by: Stephanie Vrabel at April 23, 2007 08:11 AM
My groups book was The Invisible Man. It is very clear that the best example of inequality in this book is race. An example from the beginning of the book that shows how much race separates the citizens is the different colleges for the different races.
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Posted by: nicole novak at April 23, 2007 09:00 AM
Dear Professor Hobbs,
One of the biggest displays of inequality shown in Watership down was the treatment of Blackivar, a fairly innocent rabbit who tried to make a desperate escape. He failed, and as a punishment to him, and more so an example to the rest of the society, Blackivar was beaten and segregated from the rest of the group. They did, however, see him everyday as he stood silently clearly beaten and abused.
This is one of the clearest examples because not only was Blackivar obviously mistreated, but, his mistreatment was also purposefully used to effect and damage the others around him.
Posted by: Erika Knox at April 23, 2007 10:09 AM
We came up with the fact that the entire documentary done by Mr. Offen surrounds iself with inequality. if we needed to choose one instance then we thought of how he tod the story when he would walk by the church and be deathly afraid because of the other chidren woud attack him or try and embarrass him.
Posted by: thomas nolf at April 23, 2007 10:48 AM
Based on the answer you came up with for . . .
. . . the book your group was assigned in Wednesday's class, please leave a short reply below. What text are you referring to and what, do you feel, is the biggest example of inequality in the story? Explain.
This assignment is due by class time Monday. Remember that we won't meet Friday, this will be a writing day to give you extra time to write your first draft, and to visit the writing center if you need to.
Also, don't forget that your first draft of reading response #4 is due in class Monday so that we can all do our peer-review.
See you Monday,
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(New) Assignment for April 25, 2007 (Wednesday). Due Friday, April 27, 2007
Correct, revise, type and paste your freewrite today about The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak and Watership Down and the theme of "inequality" both here and on www.turnitin.com
Posted by: Lee Hobbs at April 25, 2007 12:45 PM
Inequality in Watership Down and The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak
Inequality is a prevalent theme in both Watership Down and The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak. This theme was obviously a major issue in Dawid Sierakowiak's diary because the Holocaust was based on inequality. In the eyes of the German Nazis, Jews were considered unequal or less than them.
This theme is also present in Watership Down because the rabbits had a kind of caste system of their own that they followed. Hazel and Fiver were among the rabbits that were considered "less" than those rabbits that were a part of the Owsla.
In a way, the Owsla in Watership Down can be compared to the German Nazis in The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak. Both groups were controlling and seemed to feel as if they were better than everyone else and therefore deserved better privileges. For example, the Owsla were the only ones allowed to eat that certain type of grass, and anyone else caught eating that grass would be reprimanded for it. The German Nazis of course felt that they were better than the Jews and therefore deprived the Jews of most of their basic human rights.
Posted by: Rebecca Shenkle at April 25, 2007 02:27 PM
Dr. Lee Hobbs
English Humanities Literature 121.003
25 April 2007
Inequalities between Watership Down and The Diary of Dawid Sierokowiak
An Inequality that is present in The Diary of Dawid Sierokowiak is that because of their religion they were treated unequally. In this book, they were Jewish, and because of this, they were seen differently. They were not given the same rights as those of other backgrounds and ancestry. This goes as far as they were not given the same amount of food as others nor the same living conditions. Many of the Jews lost their lives because of the fact that they were indeed Jews.
An inequality in Watership Down is that some of the rabbits were treated differently than others. Some rabbits were of higher standard than others were. The rabbits that were of higher standards or ranking were given better opportunities than those of lower standards. The rabbits of lower standard had to follow the rules of the higher ranked rabbits, rather than being able to do and go as they please.
These inequalities relate because they are both discriminating against either by the ranking or standards of the rabbits and because of the religion background in the Diary of Dawid Sierkowiak. Even though the situations are entirely different they both face inequality one way or another.
Until Next Class,
Posted by: Brooke Decker at April 25, 2007 02:36 PM
Instructor Lee Hobbs
25 April 2007
The theme of inequality was displayed in numerous ways in the story of The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak. The Jewish community was viewed upon as unequal or unworthy when compared to others by the Germans. They were not given equal or fair amounts of food, so as a result many Jews died of starvation. They were given jobs which included hard labor, and were to live in places that were unfit for anybody to live in. I feel that these are all examples of ways in which Dawid and his family were treated unequally.
The theme of inequality was displayed in Watership Down in which like Dawid and his family, some of the rabbits were treated better than others. For example, the Owsla were given more rights and were viewed as more valuable or better than the rabbits who were not members. They were treated with more respect than the other rabbits, but did not always return the favor.
Posted by: Lyndsay Krall at April 25, 2007 03:51 PM
23 April 2007
Bell Jar and Dawid Sierakowiak( Revision)
The Bell Jar and The diary of Dawid Sierakowiak both have a theme of survival. I would say the Bell Jar protagonist is trying to make it in the career world as a women, because she do not want to depend on a man like her mother. Esther was trying to make a name for herself in the career world so she could be independent. The protagonist in the diary of Dawid Sierakowiak was survival as well, although Dawid was going through a chaotic time in his life he decided that he wanted to live. In order to survive he had to work, his survival also had a lot to do with his job , he could not eat without money. Both characters survival stories had something to do with them working. Esther did not want to become like her mother and Dawid did not want to become like his father who did not contribute to his family.
Posted by: Melisa Parsons at April 25, 2007 05:25 PM
In the DDS equality is presented throughout the entries that David wrote. He is a prisoner in his own country and he did not do anything to deserve it either. There is no way for him to defeat the battle he is going through. As a human being he does not have any rights as a person in America would have. At the time the story took place, inequality is apparent. Likewise, in the Watership Down inequality takes place as well through the different warrens, which represents different forms of government. In Hazels warren there is one single leader, that everyone turns to for a final decision. In the Efrafran warren, Woundwort and a few of his companions rule and order around the other rabbits of less importance. Lastly, the warren of snares are all equal and no one has control over one another. Overall there is inequality between all the warrens. Furthermore, these two stories are similar in inequality because in the DDS: Jews are discriminated by the Germans and in the Watership Down: there are different warrens that have diverse forms of government.
Posted by: April Hunsberger at April 25, 2007 11:52 PM
26 April 2007
In the novel Watership Down, Fiver is the small rabbit who has weird feelings about different things that happen to the rabbits. He feels that their burrow is going to be attacked, so a few of the rabbits decide to leave. He can almost see into the future. Even though he has these feelings, not all of the rabbits believe him. This shows some signs of inequality.
In the Diary of Dawid Shierokowiak, Dawid is a young boy growing up in a ghetto. He is also dealing with inequalities because he is being told what to do by the Nazi’s. Dawid is dealing with his father as well. His father is eating more food that he should be, and this is caused all of the other children to suffer.
Inequality is not fair. Everyone should be treated equal no matter what race, ethnicity, religion, color, or size. Everyone has feelings and we should all be treated equal. Fiver got doubted because he was small and Dawid got doubted because he was a Jew. That is not fair and it should not be tolerated in our society.
Posted by: Amber Dunmire at April 26, 2007 10:22 AM
In class so far this semester we have been able to relate many pieces of literature to other pieces of literature. Some of these relations were of positive things while other were negative. Earlier this semester the class read the story the Necklace, and watched the movie Eye of the Beholder. Sadly, in both of these stories we noticed instances of inequality. In the movie, the woman was thought to not be beautiful because she looked different from everyone else. She was convinced that she was ugly from all of the other "creatures" constantly telling her she looked wrong. In the Necklace, the lady was convinced she was not beautiful because she didn’t have nice clothes or jewelry. When she bought the dress, and borrowed the necklace, she thought she was the most beautiful person at the ball. Coincidentally, the necklace turned out to be fake, making her beauty that night, as fake as costume jewelry. It's sad that both of these girls could not look at them selves in the mirror, or even into their inner-beauty, and realize they were beautiful. They were to busy being concerned about how others saw them.
Posted by: Nicole Novak at April 26, 2007 01:21 PM
25 April 2007
Inequality in DDS & Watership Down
In The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak and Watership Down there is inequality in class and rank. In The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak there are Jewish people with connections and ones without. The ones with connections are usually doctors or some other “high class” people. The high class Jews gets better living quarters, more food, and most likely a pass to live. The other, low class, Jews was low on food and had one outfit that was practically rags and they obviously did not live in the best conditions. These people were left to die of disease, hunger, and most were killed by Nazis. In Watership Down the inequality in rank and class were best shown in the warren at the beginning of the story. The bigger, stronger rabbits of the Owsla would get the nicer things in a rabbit’s life such as good food, like cowslip. The Owsla would beat down on the other, lower class, rabbits by stealing the food they find or bossing them around somehow. They though they were better, more superior than the other rabbits, just like the Nazis thought that they were better than everyone else. Most likely, the characters with the superiority complex were afraid of what might happen if they lost control of the characters smaller and weaker than themselves. It is not a great feeling when one loses control of something or someone.
Posted by: Kristin Dudra at April 26, 2007 02:09 PM
Inequality is present in both The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak and Watership Down. In The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak, Dawid and his community experienced inequality simply because they were Jewish. The Lodz community was treated unfairly; they were not given enough food or work to survive. Meanwhile, the Nazi’s were enjoying eating large rations, and watching the Jews suffer.
In Watership Down, the rabbits experienced inequality in the beginning of the story when their warren was being destroyed. When Fiver realized that something bad was going to happen, he told everyone to leave. People were coming to destroy their warren, and the rabbits had no way of winning the war over the land. The rabbits felt helpless. It didn’t seem fair that their land was being taken over by others. The rabbits deserved to have that land, but because the humans had much more power over them, they had no choice but to leave.
The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak is a non-fiction story and Watership Down is a fictitious story. They each had protagonists who were being suppressed by people who had power over them. Unfortunately, this caused them to have unequal rights.
Posted by: Jen Naugle at April 26, 2007 04:21 PM
When comparing The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak and Watership Down, a common theme of inequality can be noted. In The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak, a young boy tells about his daily life growing up in the Holocaust. Dawid, a Jewish boy living in a ghetto in Poland, is one quite fond of learning and fighting for his rights. As World War II continues, the opportunities once provided to the Jewish population in the ghetto are slowly taken away. They aren’t provided equal nutrition, schooling, jobs, or rights like the German population. Throughout this work of literature, Dawid displays many ways to fight the inequality he is faced with. For instance, he fights for more nutrition for the school kids and he eventually joins a party to support the Jewish population while attempting to regain equal opportunities.
The theme of inequality is also very similarly portrayed in Watership Down. This tale is about rabbits that leave their warren to try and survive a disaster that only one rabbit could see coming. In the beginning of their journey they run into equality issues. There is a group of rabbits, the Owsla, who are in a higher class than all of the rest of the warren. These rabbits attempt to keep the group of rabbits from escaping the warren. The Owsla are also given more opportunities, mostly surrounding food, than all the other rabbits. Also, the runaway rabbits run into a separate warren that attempts to capture and include this group into their warren. This group has specific feeding times for their population, and they bully the rest of the rabbits also. Inequality is an issue that is seen in both of these works of literature. It is a very strong theme that guides each story in many ways.
Posted by: Stephanie Vrabel` at April 26, 2007 04:22 PM
Erika L. Gillenberger
Instructor Lee Hobbs
ENGL 121.003 Humanities Lit.
27 April 2007
The Inequalities of DDS and Watership Down
When it comes to DDS and Watership Down, both of these story’s are faced with inequalities. David faced inequalities because of his race in DDS. Many of the rabbits in Watership Down faced inequalities because of their lower class statue and the power of their leader. These two novels can come together and share there inequalities as one.
David was forced to be suppressed and live in a lower class society with no choice, because of his race. The characters of Watership Down were also suppressed by their leader. They could not eat certain foods, ect., because they were lower class and only the leader of their society could eat, do, and command certain things.
These two novels represent inequality based on having dictatorships. Their leaders took away their equal rights and made them suppressed by placing them into lower class societies.
Posted by: Erika G. at April 26, 2007 04:48 PM
The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak and Watership Down
The theme of inequality in these novels can represent how a group of people or bunnies where force to leave their homes by a particular group of people. They connect to each other by having their homes taken away without everyone having an equal say in the matter. Although the bunnies that left volunteer to go they still where force out by humans. As for the diary the Jewish people definitely had no say at all.
The connection is that inequality of human or animals in society really do not matter to certain people. The right thing would be to have everyone’s ideas and thoughts of what to do when things are changing. Inequality is connected because of the voices of the leader’s in the novels. These voices could be the controlling factor of a group when people or things buy into certain believes and ideas.
Posted by: Shayne Schmidt at April 26, 2007 05:24 PM
Instructor Lee Hobbs
26 April 2007
The Diary of Dawid Sierkowiak and Watership Down: Inequality
Inequality is an idea captured by both Dawid Sierkowiak and the characters from Watership Down. Some people may look at the military as having inequality. The levels of power in Watership Down were set up similar to a military style, creating inequality. The Diary of Dawid Sierkowiak presents similar levels of power when the German army took over the ghetto. There was inequality both in the army and in the ghetto because they had no power in the ghetto.
Inequality by appearance is also an idea in both these books. Power, food, and social class depended heavily on appearance for characters in Watership Down. The idea was that the bigger and stronger the rabbit, the higher up in the hierarchy he was. Small rabbits, such as Hazel and Fiver didn’t have much say in anything. The Diary of Dawid Sierkowiak was based on appearance as well. Dawid recalls being afraid to walk in front of churches because he was different. He would be tormented mentally and physically.
Posted by: Andy Hood at April 26, 2007 05:48 PM
Tatiana S. Mack, Lee Hobbs, English 121,
In both Watership Down and Dawid Sierakowiak there are inequalities. In Watership Down, members of the Owsla had privileges that other members did not have. For instance, Owlsa in Efrafa was able to eat whenever, and mate with whomever. Also, female rabbits were the ones who had to make the tunnels of the warren.
In Dawid Sierkowiak, certain members of the community had certain privileges. They were able to get more rations of food then others. These members were usually those of higher status. These people were also promised a chance of survival. Also, people who were sick, did not have a say at all. Those that were hospitalized were targets to get murdered.
Posted by: Tatiana S. Mack at April 26, 2007 07:07 PM
In The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak and in Richard Adams’s Watership Down connections can be made through the theme of inequality. In The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak, Dawid and his family along with the other Jews of his community all are unequal to the Nazi Germans. The Nazi Germans have stripped the Jews of their rights as human beings, therefore gaining power over them. This inequality between power and status leads to the destruction of the innocent Jewish community.
In Robert Adams’s Watership Down, the rabbits find themselves to be unequal to the Owsla rabbits in their warren. The Owsla rabbits are much like the army and can have whatever food they like, even if the smaller rabbits found it first. This inequality doesn’t necessarily lead to the destruction of their community like in The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak, but is a sign of inequality within it. However, all of the rabbits in the warren share an inequality to the humans who have come into their warren. The humans poison the rabbit holes leading to the destruction of their community. Like Dawid and the Jewish community, the rabbits have an inequality in power and status to a higher power. The Nazi Germans played the higher power in The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak and the humans for the rabbits in Watership Down. This inequality led to the destruction of each community.
Posted by: Katie Kovac at April 26, 2007 07:32 PM
In life, nothing is ever truly equal. In extreme cases of inequality, the difference stretched across distinguishing the rich from poor to who was the superior race or who was the most powerful. Just as these inequalities are seen in life, the author also feels the need to express the issues of these inequalities. Perhaps they do so in a clean cut battle of one race against another, or perhaps they choose to instead conceal society’s problems behind fuzzy little rabbits. “The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak” and “Watership Down” are examples of works that show the former and latter respectively.
Dawid was persecuted against and treated poorly because he was Jewish. He was not part of the correct caste—one of a military dictatorship. In other words, Dawid was deemed inferior to his Nazi oppressors. They were the ultimate commanding officers. When Dawid walked through the streets he saw officers manhandling his people. The Nazi regime had assumed all the power, leaving Dawid’s people unable to defend themselves in any way. They were given curfews, the punishment for violating them coming from the Nazis. Dawid had lost his humanity as he suffered indignities and repression by the Nazi overlord. In all possible ways, the Nazis made sure the Jewish people recognized just how far below the troops they were and how vastly superior the Nazi regime was. It was not a society where inequality grew, but rather one in which it bred and festered.
Like Dawid, the rabbits Hazel and Fiver of “Watership Down” were subject to an overpowering force—the Owsla. In fact, the Owsla were the bunny form of the Nazis. The Owsla, like the Nazis, were given all the best food, ultimate power over all the other rabbits, and the ability to treat the rabbits they ruled without fear of repercussion. Hazel and Fiver were powerless against the Owsla that kept dominion over their lives. At one point, Fiver finds a delicious patch of food for Hazel, but just as they are about to partake of it, the Owsla come over to claim it as their own and chase the others off. The Owsla were the dominant power and thus held equality only amongst themselves. There was no equality for the rabbits, only power for the Owsla.
The militant Nazis and corresponding Owsla created clearly divided societies with the “inferior” Jewish peoples or lesser rabbits as the oppressed. By sheer power mixed with an uncanny ability to instill fear, the two groups easily kept Dawid, Hazel, and Fiver in a constant state of unequal inferiority. They were discriminated in being different or of less physical strength, but the real inequality came in the fact that neither was truly allowed to live to the way they saw fit.
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Posted by: Erin K. at April 26, 2007 09:00 PM
One comparison that I can viaualize between the Diary of Dawid S. and Watership Down, is that in Diary of Dawid S. the jew were not allowed to leave the ghetto without permission. Because they were not Arian they were considered unequal.
This same inequality was represented in WtaershipDownwhen the rabbits found the new burrow. The rabbits who the burrow already was home to were basically kept prisoner to me. They were not allowed to be outside unless it was their time. If they missed their time or there was a intruder or something foreign they were not allowed outside. The only people allowed outside were the rabbits that were apart of their little army that they had.
Posted by: Donnetta Allen at April 26, 2007 09:11 PM
In the Books "Watership Down" and "The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak" there were some inequalities that became prominent. In DDS, the inequality that was most obvious was how the Nazis treated the Jews during the Holocaust. Dawid and his family were isolated with the rest of the Jewish population in the ghetto. In these ghettos many sicknesses and diseases were prevalent. The Nazi also starved, shot, hung and gassed millions of Jews just because of their religion.
In “Watership Down” one of the biggest inequalities happened in the first warren that the rabbits lived in. In this warren there was a designed mold that the rabbits had to fall into. Either a new born rabbit was royalty, big enough to join the Owsla, or they became like a lower class peasant. If a rabbit was not an elite (Royalty or Owsla) they could only do certain things or eat food that was not restricted by the elites. Another example of inequality in this novel was how Blackavar was treated by General Woundwart and the other rabbits in that warren. They beat and detained him and the made an example out of him.
Inequality has been a major theme in the books we have read this semester. These were just a couple of the bigger and more obvious examples I could think of, but I know there were many more.
Posted by: Greg Crossland at April 26, 2007 09:47 PM
Inequality Between DDS and Watership Down
The obvious inequality in DDS is that he is Jewish and is treated differently because of it. He was basically run out of his town as the rabbits were in their warren. Also, Dawid’s location had a lot to do with his inequality. If he would have been in any other area of the world, his life probably would have been a lot easier and a lot better, same with the rabbits. Someone came into their territory and tried to take over. Location plays a big part in both stories, just because if they were in a different area no one knows what could have occurred. The theme of survival ties in as well. Both were trying to survive in their first location and when that didn’t work they moved on to try new things. Then when the rabbits came upon the warren with rabbits already in it, they were treated unequal, for the other rabbits wouldn’t help them save Bigwig. Inequality is everywhere, Dawid not being able to pre-determine his religion and the rabbits not being able to predict what was to come in their lives.
Posted by: Lorin Gdula at April 26, 2007 11:19 PM
Instructor Lee Hobbs
27 April 2007
Inequality in DDS and WD
In both The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak and Watership Down, the theme of inequality plays an extremely important role, as the rabbits leave their homes because of it, and it causes Dawid’s suffering in many ways. In Watership Down, the rabbits who leave the warren in search of a new home did so out of feeling as though they had no say in what was to become of them and their peers. In The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak, Dawid worked at a food rationing post, a place of employment that provided him with many meager meals and even more meager pay. There are multiple examples throughout the diary of an officer in charge of rationing giving more food to some than others. In some instances, some of the workers were even paid more than others. Another great example of inequality in Watership Down is the fact that the rabbits are forced by nature to face and endure a plethora of predators including Mother Nature herself. Explained at the start of the cartoon movie of Watership Down, the narrator tells of the rabbits’ strengths and weaknesses. The narrator claims, although it is not proven, that rabbits inhabit the Earth solely to be chased and attacked by the other animals of the land. Reverting back to The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak, inequality rears its head again when the time come for the concentration camp selections, or to Dawid known as “deportations”. The decisions as to whether someone stay or go depended almost entirely among connections with important people and/or one’s age, sex or disabilities; attributes of a person which cannot be chosen at the commencement of life.
Posted by: Colin Hough at April 27, 2007 12:12 AM
The novels “Watership Down” and the Diary of Dawid Sierowiak” have similarities with the theme of inequality. The novels focus on social hierarchy and discrimination based on social stratification in society. Each novel represents these ideologies of government regulation over weaker individuals in society.
In the novel “The Diary of David Sierowiak”, Dawid experiences the inequality of the reign of German forces in his home town. The Germans harsh and dire threats and concentration camps are concepts that correlate to the theme of inequality. Another example found in the novel is when Dawid was never permitted to attend school. The major ideology is that inequality is created by a higher force.
“Watership Down” also represents the theme of inequality forces upon a higher power. The Owsla is rabbit society were the government regulators upon the other rabbits in society. This causes inequality between all the other rabbits. In order to be in the Owsla you must be a strong huge rabbit. Inequality is also represented in the novel when Fiver is denied is delicacy of cowslip he found. “Cowslip is strictly for the Owsla”
Both of the novel share theme of inequality. The governmental forces and there regulations upon there citizens are unjust
Posted by: Sherrie Daugherty at April 27, 2007 12:30 AM
-Inequality, Watership down and Dawid Sierakowiak
There are many instances of inequality in the books Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak and Waterhsipdown. Some of these examples of inequality are how Dawid was not treated fairly because he was Jewish. In watershipdown the female and male rabbits had different roles to play. The female rabbits had to produce babies and dig the holes for the warren and the male rabbits were to control the home in an orderly fashion. The males also seemed to have different levels of power. Some rabbits could make big decisions for the group while others were just to follow. This level of power happened in Dawid’s family as well. His father thought of himself as a very important man and took an unequal portion of the rations.
Posted by: Nicole Novak at April 27, 2007 08:15 AM
Dear Professor Hobbs,
In the Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak, Dawid faced inequality because his religious group was being discriminated against. Dawid was treated unfairly only because he was Jewish. He was unable to escape the ghetto, because of his religious beliefs.
Similarly, some rabbits in Watership Down were also treated unfairly. For instance, Blackavar tried to escape so he was confined to an area in the warren much like a jail cell. He was surrounded by guard rabbits, who would not allow him to have any freedom.
In conclusion, both Blackavar and Dawid were not treated with equality. They were both confined to a setting which was not desirable. They both were constantly watched by authority figures to make sure they did not do anything wrong. Blackavar was denied the freedom the rest of the rabbits had, because he tried to escape the warren. Dawid’s rights were denied only because, he was Jewish. Unfortunately for both Blackavar and Dawid, both settings displayed inequality.
Posted by: Jaime Hersh at April 27, 2007 08:36 AM
Instructor Lee Hobbs
April 27, 2007
Throughout the novel, The Diary of Dawid Sierowiak one main inequality that not only Dawid faced, but the rest of the Jewish population was being Jewish. Since he was Jewish, he was considered less important and was placed in a concentration camp. In the camp, he was looked down upon and was treated like he was nothing.
In Watership Down, the rabbits were faced with many inequalities just like Dawid. One inequality in particular stands out and that is, simply, that they were rabbits. Since rabbits were small it was tough for them to survive, and live in a world with bigger and faster animals.
Although Dawid and the rabbits were faced with inequalities they were able to stand up, and survive. They didn’t let their inequalities get in the way of their survival.
Posted by: Lauren Wozniak at April 27, 2007 09:04 AM
The theme of inequality is prevalent throughout Watership Down and the Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak. In Watership Down, the rabbits have sort of set up a caste system. They have a leader and his followers, the rebellious rabbits, and rabbits that are just followers to others. In Germany during the Holocaust, the nazis had their own caste system. Hitler and the nazis had pretty much enslaved Dawid and his friends and family. Jews and other minorities had to follow their orders. Also in Watership Down, it is visible that Bigwig and the owlsla intimidate the smaller rabbits and run the warren.
Posted by: Steve Petrone at April 27, 2007 09:16 AM
There is a common theme of inequality between The Diary of Dawid Sierrakowiak and Watership Down. In both stories a group of people (or rabbits) are being oppressed because someone else thinks they’re better than them. Their rights are restricted and they can’t live as they please. In DDS they’re forced to live in special areas, food is restricted to a small amount, healthcare is minimal, and various other things are done simply because they’re Jewish. In Watership Down any rabbit that isn’t Owsla is not allowed to eat the good food, mate, or leave the warren. The rabbits are treated more human than the Jews ironically but both are oppressed because someone else thinks they’re better than them.
Posted by: Jeff Hoover at April 27, 2007 09:19 AM
The Nazis and Efrafans could both be considered authoritarian governments. The Nazis treat the Jews as second class citizens, confining them to ghettos and restricting their actions, food, news, what they can eat and when they eat it (if they are given anything at all). The Efrafan Council and Owsla keep the does and non-Owsla bucks in separate communities or “marks” and dictate what time they eat, sleep, who can mate, and when and where one can go to the latrine. The larger rabbits are the ruling rabbits. In this case, their size is a tool to be used for violence and intimidation against the smaller bucks and does. Likewise, the Nazis used the Wehrmacht’s (armed forces) weapons, speed, and size to conquer and subjugate Poland, France, a large part of the Jewish nation, and many smaller sovereign states in Europe and North Africa. These attributes were used to intimidate and conquer their seemingly weaker neighbors.
Posted by: Justin Bleggi at April 27, 2007 09:31 AM
27 April 2007
The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak and Watership Down both display the theme of "inequality" in that both books have social groups within a scoiety. There were certain groups for each book that had special privileges which therefore usually meant a better lifestyle. In Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak, within Dawid's Jewish ghetto, there were groups that received special privileges. The doctors, physicians, managers, etc. had exemptions from certain punishments as well as higher allocations for food and money. While the lower classes suffered, these people were able to survive better. Similarly, in Watership Down, there were rabbits who had more power, these were the rabbits in the Owsla. The Owsla rabbits got to have more freedom as well as certain foods, activity rights, etc. Since these rabbits were treated better than the lower class rabbits, there was a resentment towards them as well as tension in between the groups. In both Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak and Watership Down the clear segregation within classes shows the inequality wihtin the societies. With such inequality, there are feelings of hostility and anger as those who suffer from it can become frustrated or outraged by the injustice. The reasons for making such inequal barriers has no justification in either book which makes it hard for the societies to find a way to battle it or make changes to improve the situation.
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Posted by: Bettina Herold at April 27, 2007 09:51 AM
Dear Professor Hobbs,
In both The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak and Watership Down, there is a tremendous amount of inequality present. Both stories focus on the aspects of World War II and the horrors that took place there.
In Dawid’s town (turned ghetto) the people have a complete lack of control. The inequality between the Jewish members, non-Jewish members, and members of the Nazi party is phenomenal. The non-Jewish members get the run of things, and the Jewish people have no control over what happens to them. They can however, if the have the right connections, however, avoid some of the worst of the troubles, they can get larger food rations, get better jobs, and sometimes even avoid deportation in to a death or concentration camp. Unfortunatley for Dawid’s family, they do not have these potentially life saving connections, and the family goes through many hardship before Dawid’s mother is deported.
Watership Down also focuses very strongly on the inequalities of society. In the opening scene the reader is introduced to the Owsla, Gestapo style police, who use brute force and fear for intimidation. The Owlsa do not treat the common rabbits with even the slightest form of respect, and the Owsla of Woundwort’s warren are even more cruel. They hold the common rabbits in the like of a concentration camp.
Another form of inequality present in Watership Down is the repeted reference to the difference of species. The rabbits, according to their folklore are at the top of the group. So, they “understandably” treat other species like mice and birds as though they are lower. This inequality could in a way be compared to racial prejudice.
Posted by: Erika Knox at April 27, 2007 09:52 AM
This is my answer to the writing prompt you gave us during class.
In equality is visible in both Daries of Dawid Sierakowiak and Watership Down. In both of these works of literature there is a set social class system. The Protagonist in each of these works are not allowed the chance to equal opputunity because of the existing social classes.
Inequality os smething that places a burrden upon ones life. People already deal with the struggles of society; they should not have anyone telling them that they are not good enough or that they are powerless.
For Dawid and the brother rabbits, Hazel and Fiver their osition in these social classes were a determining factor between life and death. During the Holocaust when Dawid was alive food supplies were being cut back for certain people because of their race and religious bleiefs. With not having power the Jewish people became to rely on what food was given to them. This resulted in many people dying of starvation.
This was also true for Fiver and Hazel. Being the youngest rabbits in the warren when ever they found any cowslips they were not permitted to eat them. Since they were powerless in the eyes of the Owsla they had to give all their food up. This would not give them the same oppurtunity to survive in the forrest.
Inequality not only existed in the live sof these individuals ,but ruled their lives. Dawid fought to go to work each day hungry just so that he would not be killed or sent to a camp. The rabbits left the warren to find a better place to live.
Posted by: Carlos R. Gonzalez at April 27, 2007 11:03 AM
Both The Diary of Dawid Sieakowiak and Watership Down have elements of inequality in them. There's a lot to say about them seperately but it's much harder to discuss their similarities.
A similarity that stands out is the fact that Dawid and Fiver were both small and young. Because of this they were underestimated. They were viewed as unequal in comparison to the other characters.
In Watership Down Fiver was an interesting character. He was very wise and could predict the future but none of the other rabbits believed him because he was so timid. He knew what he was talking about but his inequalities made it hard for the other rabbits to take him seriously.
In The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak, the author, Dawid, knew that there were certain things that needed to be done in order to survive. Some of the things his father listened to him, but for the most part he didn't. For example, Dawid knew they shouldn't use much food because eventually it would run out. His father didn't listen to him because he was the haed of the household and Dawid was inferior.
In the end, inequalities show up all the time in life. Sometimes they are necessary for things to have structure. It's important, though, for people to listen to others even though their opinion is different from their own.
Posted by: Erin Rock at April 27, 2007 11:17 AM
Theme: Inequality for DDS and Watership Down
The way Dawid wrote in these journals, the Jews were mistreated and
never shared their rights with the Germans. Germans had their way or it was
no way. The Jews couldn't decide if they wanted to go to the concentration
camps or death camps. Jews basically couldn't fight for their freedom and
it was terrifying to move on to the next day without thinking; "Am I going
to get killed?" Also, Dawid was fourteen years old at the time and
throughout his life, he had to work or live through those tortured days of
starving to death. Dawid had to take care of his mother and father. It was
not fair to Dawid because he didn't get to live a normal teenage life such
as we were when we were his age. Such as, driving, going to school, dating,
etc. Since he had to get a job such a young age is because his father
didn't want to even bother with finding a job. He ate all the food in the
house that Dawid strived to get and worked for. Dawid started to be a man
in a young age. He faced inequality throughout his life.
However, Watership Down, there wasn't any equality between the
rabbits. Each rabbit were different in a special, unique way. Fiver was the
odd rabbit and with his special techniques with things such as seeing
things in far sense that something was wrong or if they were heading
towards danger, the never got the respect he really wanted. No one wanted
to believe in him but when it truly happened, then they started to believe.
General Woundwort was the leader of these rabbits and he was willing to nit
pick at anyone who came across him. He could fight with anyone if he wanted
to. Throughout this whole story, rabbits shared a few freedom but sometimes
they didn't and it wasn't fair because of the danger and everything they
Posted by: Jenny Troutman at April 27, 2007 11:23 AM
Inequality has been a problem facing society, regardless of geographic area, since our existence. The basis for the notebooks of Dawid to be published was partly to awaken people to the hardships that fell not only on Dawid, but the entire Jewish Polish race. Just as in DDS, Watership Down has relentless facets which would lead to characteristics of inequality.
The social class systems in both novels can be related to very easily. Neither DDS nor Watership Down gives into any style of democratic living. In both novels the persons in power were not elected, but appointed. Both authors vividly describe inequality not only in words, but in actions taken by their characters. Inequality is viewed from a personal level to a much more prevalent societal issue as each story progresses.
Posted by: thomas nolf at April 27, 2007 11:34 AM
Today's assignment is based on the answer you came up with for . . .
. . . the freewrite assignment in class today, April 25, 2007 (Wednesday). It is due Friday, April 27, 2007.
Correct, revise, type and paste your freewrite today about DDS and Watership Down and the theme of Inequality both here and on www.turnitin.com
Don't forget about the guaranteed 10 points you can get for reading response #4 if you take your drafts (first and final) to the writing center BEFORE our last class meeting on April 30, 2007. I'll need to get the "proof-of-visitation" slip in my mailbox from the Writing Center before I can give you the grade. If you took your final draft back from me in class today then I will assume that you are going to follow through with this optional assignment.
If you left your final draft with me in class today then you are telling me that you would like me to grade your paper as usual, according to the rubric I usually use.
A reminder about the portfolio. It is worth 4 participation points and due on the last day of class, April 30. See turnitin.com for the details.
You will need a blue examination book for the final exam, which is scheduled by IUP for Wednesday, May 9, 2007 in Keith 165 from 10:15am to 12:15pm. Carlos informed the class that the blue exam book, which is listed as a REQUIRED course material in our syllabus, is available from the IUP CO-OP store and the College Store for about .50. There is a big and a small one. Get the big one if you think you might run out of room.
We'll discuss the details of the final exam on the last day of class, April 30th (Monday).
See you Friday,
*NOTE* The deadline for the assignment mentioned above has now passed. Comments are no longer being accepted for this exercise.
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