I have been thinking on the lines of these topics for quite some time now. I have the feeling that in almost every modern piece of literature that i read, there is a theme of rebellion; if not a major theme, then an underlying theme. This trend takes me aback. It makes me apprehensive and cautious and exhilarated. There is an itching, everywhere i go in that dream-land of books, to break the rules; change the pattern; rise up against tyrants, customs, routines; Rebel.
What is more interesting i feel, is that the books with such themes are more welcomed by the mass majorities. I will give the examples of just three books/ series, that you are sure to have read; and if not, then definitely heard of.
First you go to “Harry Potter.” Did you start? Is it just pure, simple magic; adventure; good against evil? No. There is Rebellion too. See Fred and George, the two most loved characters of the book: they are practically the symbols of rebellion! They break rules, and rules after rules. They don’t submit to what others decide for them, unless they themselves agree to it. Then the antagonist Voldemort: he too shuns good. Breaks away from its ties and creates his own freedom. However constricting evil is, freedom is freedom for one who considers it freedom!
Then you look at the protagonist Harry himself. In the very first induction to the wizarding world, he finds no reason to NOT call Voldemort by his name! This continues through the books. Where others succumb to his power and evil, and accept and submit to it, he outright disregards it! Does not even acknowledge it! He too breaks rules. He takes his first flight against the instructions of Madame Hooch in Book 1 on being incited by Malfoy. And he actually gets rewarded for it! Look again: what exactly is encouraged here?
In Book 2, he breaks another 100 or so rules to concoct the potion and then enter the Chamber. Rebellion, Rebellion, Rebellion. Same in Book 3 where he does not only undo what has already been done, but also in that act, defies time. Isn’t that rebellion again? Fast forward to Book 7 where he actually goes on a quest to destroy Voldemort’s horcruxes. Had anyone ever, in all the years before him, acted in such defiance of his power? No. And thus the main theme of the book after good versus evil surfaces of rebellion. There is good rebellion and bad rebellion. The bad by Voldemort, the good by Harry. It shows how rebellion can cause pandemonium, calm it down and make life it bearable. (Regards to Fred and George). And what else is the lure of the novel than defiance, and encouragement of it?
(More is coming, stay tuned 🙂 )