I need fiction book suggestion that is an easy read has a strong male character that goes against what society feels is right and is before his time. I need to write a compare and contrast 12 page...

I need fiction book suggestion that is an easy read has a strong male character that goes against what society feels is right and is before his time.

I need to write a compare and contrast 12 page sa I have read Fountain Head Ayn Rand, Cats Cradle by Kurt Vonnecut and Antheim by Ayn Rand.  I need to read one more book and need suggestions on a good read.  I loved Antheim, and fountain head was too long.  I am looking for suggestion of a book that would be easy to compare to these other three books.  Thank you for your help

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susan3smith eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Since you liked Anthem, why not do another dystopian novel?  You might try Brave New World.  If you used that novel, you would probably focus on John Savage.  1984 would work as well.  Winston Smith and Julia secretly rebel against the totalitarian regime.  You might even consider The Giver.  This one is a young adult novel, but it is very powerful. A male protagonist  is brought up to fulfill a vital role in society and  decides not to.  Even Chocolate Wars, by Cormier, would fit the bill.  Although not a dystopia, it is a powerful story of a high school freshman who brings the wrath of the establishment upon him by simply refusing to sell chocolates for the annual candy sale.  Melville's "Bartleby the Scrivener," is a short story, but it might also work.  "I prefer not to," a line spoken repeatedly by Bartleby, becomes the mantra for passive/assertive rebellion.  My favorite man vs. society novel, however, is One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.  In this novel, McMurphy is strong male protagonist battling the repressive society of the mental hospital.

lynn30k eNotes educator| Certified Educator

How about Foundation, by Isaac Asimov? Hari Seldon is a math genius and founder of a new field called psychohistory, in the science fiction Foundation series. Psychohistory enables the prediction of future events after the fall of the Galactic Empire leading to the formation of the second foundation. His theories are not believed by many; they do not want to believe many of the dark things Seldon has predicted. Even though Seldon does not appear often in the books, his taped, holographic appearances continue to  show up after his death, at times predicted by him as being times of crisis.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I do not know if this would count as being on the same level as those books you have mentioned, but I would think that otherwise, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain would fit the bill.

Although Huck Finn is just a kid, I think he is a strong character nonetheless.  He definitely goes against society, especially in how he protects Jim (an escaped slave) from being sold back into slavery.  Huck also goes against society in his desire not to be educated and subjected to the rules of "polite" society.


accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Have you thought of using Catcher in the Rye? Or if you want to go for something really extreme what about using American Psycho? Two strong male characters who definitely don't fit in to society at large! Do pick a novel that you enjoy and one that you relate to, though - always helpful for a project of this nature.

copelmat eNotes educator| Certified Educator

How about something from the beat generation? Perhaps Jack Kerouac's On the Road or William S. Borroughs's Naked Lunch. Either would make for interesting connections to this theme and these other titles you mention.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian comes to mind. I also thought of The Outsiders and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. The other suggestions are excellent as well, especially Huck Finn and The Catcher in the Rye.