Individualism seemed to be an invisible concept in Russia, especially Stalin’s Russia. In the novel Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler, he emphasizes how there is a major lack of individualism in Russia, almost as though there is no individual thought at all. Koestler coins the term ‘grammatical fiction’ and uses this term to describe the lack of vocal rights of the individuals living in Russia under Stalin’s rule. The protagonist character, Rubashov, is a high ranking representative of…...
In “Darkness at Noon”, Harold Krents vividly describes some of the everyday prejudices disabled citizens must face. Presented in an often humorous fashion, the author opens the reader’s eyes to the cruel ironies of society’s pre-conceived and inaccurate judgments, and their long reaching effects on his life. Krents begins his essay by pointing out to the reader that he cannot see himself, and thus, often has to depend upon the viewpoints of others. He states: “To date it has not…...
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