The Brothers K A Close Look At

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The Brothers K: A Close Look At The 1960s Essay, Research Paper The Brothers K–a close look at the 1960s The 1960s was a decade that destroyed the traditional view of living in America. It brought new ways of thinking and fought the old ones. Before this decade, life was much simpler in America. The average American went to church regularly, obeyed the laws, and basically did whatever their forefathers did, without any change. The 1960s destroyed all of this. The hippies of today believe that ?it took a megalithic event like the 60s to shatter the old energies to let the new energies of peace, light and love shine through? (zb.html). Perhaps this is not as far from the truth as we may think. The movement of the 1960s sought to break free from tradition. It showed this in

many ways. For instance, the traditional view that sex should be saved for marriage was utterly forsaken. In The Brother?s K, Everett, along with many others, promoted free love, in which everyone willingly gives their body to sex, with whomever they please. This was a major belief of the hippie movement. Even Irwin, who was the one who stayed closest to his Seventh Day Adventist views of Mama, ended up falling in love and having a baby before marriage. He found that it was too hard to stay pure, when everyone else around him was promoting the opposite. The reason so many of the people in the 1960s turned to new ways of life, is that they decided ?every freedom [should be] infinitely extended and voraciously enjoyed? (fonda.html). These freedoms included sex, drugs, speech, and

anything else they could take advantage of. They did not care what the authorities, such as their parents and the police, had to say because they thought the authorities were trying to stifle their freedoms. The people had the ability to speak out and fight for their individual rights, so they did. They started to uncover themselves from the blankets of traditional society and dared to be themselves. They no longer conformed, but did what they believed to be right. This psychological shift to non-conformity frightened conventional people because they did not know how to handle the situation. They had never seen anything like it before. Some of the people in the 1960?s even decided to forsake the traditional view of religion, arguing that it ?use[s] fear, domination and oppression

to terrify [it?s] followers into giving the church all their individual power? (zb.html). In The Brothers K, Kincaid, Everett, Peter and Freddy all chose to follow this movement to forsake their religion, though each to a different extent and in their own ways. After the ?Psalm Wars?, in which Everett and Mama hurled beliefs at each other in a outrageous manner, Everett forsook his traditional Seventh Day Adventist views completely. He thought he had no need for this oppressing religion. Instead, he took up speaking to large crowds, speaking to them against the current political state of America. Everett said that all that was needed was love, peace and brotherhood. Meanwhile he had totally destroyed his relationship with his mother. Everett despised violence and believed that in

an ideal society, cruelty and violence would be legislated out of existence. Because of these beliefs, Everett hated what was happening in Vietnam. So when the time came for him to be drafted into the army, he set his draft papers on fire and fled to Canada. While in Canada he lived with his girlfriend, Natasha, for a while until she got pregnant and left him. After she left, Everett was devastated and began to question himself and the powers that be. Soon after this, Everett received word from Kincaid that Irwin had been institutionalized by the army. Irwin had seen a young boy murdered by his fellow army men. Irwin could not handle this and the others became afraid that he would leak the story. So to cover up, his colleagues marked him insane and dillusionary. Upon coming back