Literature is the reflection of society. What our society is and what we are gets reflected through our literature. This paper deals with the impact of the Great War in T.S.Eliot’s masterpiece The Wasteland. An attempt has been made to unravel the changes that penetrated into the lives of modern civilization, because of the Great War, through this piece of literature.The Wasteland stands as an excellent example of the disillusionment and spiritual bankruptcy of the modern era especially after the world plunged into a devastating war that resulted into millions of deaths. Key Words: Great War, disillusionment, dehumanization.
At the end of World War I, the Germans were angry and bitter that they lost the war. One of them was a Austrian corporal, the infamous Adolf Hitler, who rose to power and became the Chancellor of Germany, Führer (leader) of Germany, and also a leader of the Nazis party. Hitler, along with the other Nazis members, started the Holocaust, a genocide during WWII where millions of people were imprisoned and killed, especially Jews. He was also involved in WWII, being one of the three leaders of the Axis Powers. We feel that the Holocaust is a horrifying event in human history because so many people died.
Art can be used to portray political messages and is considered as a powerful weapon to show the public about political leaders’ .The great example to it is the novel 1984 written by George Orwell. George Orwell uses his novel to portray political evils and political leaders’ totalitarianism. Orwell’s political views or messages were formed by his experiences of Socialism, Totalitarianism and Imperialism. It was the understanding of Orwell 's panics about Stalinist Russia and the growth of Totalitarianism that stimulated him to write his novel 1984 and being an Anti-Utopian novel, 1984 gives a picture of a world where Totalitarianism had full control over society. Art can be used as a medium to remind the society about future calamities if they let something senseless to take place in their society.
Although many people were killed because of the Manhattan Project, the bombs were requisite in ending the war before war got out of hand. By the end of World War II, the countries with the most casualty in World War II were USSR and China (World War 2 Death Count) instead of Japan, even though the bomb supposedly killed many Japanese. If President Truman did not respond to Japan’s attack by taking any actions like dropping the bombs, even more innocent lives would have been taken away by further
Totalitarianism in 1984 and the Real World The concept of a totalitarian society is a major theme throughout the novel 1984. This theme of totalitarianism can also be applied to the world today. The definition of totalitarianism, a concept used by some political scientists, is a state which holds total authority over the society and seeks to control all aspects of public and private life wherever possible. Totalitarianism can be related between the novel 1984 and current events in the real world. George Orwell incorporated the theme of totalitarianism into his novel 1984 to display the ever changing world around him during the time it was written.
Imagine waking up one day and suddenly forgetting everything about the past and not knowing very many words. What would it be like? In Orwell’s book 1984 this is what he depicts. A government in total control over everything. The destruction of language and the past could be used as a tool to manipulate people through propaganda, making people believe that it’s a crime to think and lowering the range of vocabulary are all ways the government could use to manipulate people.
George Orwell’s 1984 and William Golding’s Lord of the Flies have both stirred up the critics of their times, being each of their author’s most famous novels. After reading the books I felt they shared a similar tone, however their messages seemed very different. Superficially, that would be a true statement, however after reading beyond what is presented on the pieces of paper that constitute both novels, one would realize a shocking resemblance between the two. 1984 is a pure reflection of a totalitarian dictatorship where people are brainwashed to believe the government is oh so gloriously divine, turning them into no more than followers trapped in a box of ignorance and naivety. However, Lord of the Flies focuses on how one’s innate human evil takes control in times of disorder and chaos.
Orwell uses truth and reality in this book to reflect on what has happened in the real world such as the Holocaust and slavery. The society of this novel was a dystopia and it is how George Orwell viewed the world. In the novel 1984, Orwell portrays the acts of betrayal and loyalty in a dystopian world through truth and
Introduction The project shines light on the various fears of the thinking man in the twentieth century, after having suffered the greatest blight on the weave of mankind during the twentieth century, the two great wars that saw destruction of all that mankind saw valuable, virtues, morality were forgotten by the belligerents in the name of the greater good, the “good” having different connotation depending the side you took. The war brought out the best and worst of humanity, there were heroes hat were relegated and villains whose contemptuous actions are seen with derision and hopefully with not an equal. Among the heroes were the authors who seeing the scale of death and destruction, feared its return and worked to see that it may never
The historical context and textual form of Metropolis enrich the responders understanding of the dangers of total state control over the individual through propaganda, panoptical surveillance and loss of creativity in 1984. The devastating impact of industrialisation and its effect on the erosion of liberty and compassion is effectively explored in both Metropolis and 1984. Lang specifically examines the negative consequences of technological advancement with no due consideration for the welfare of the individual. This is clearly represented through the paradoxical heart machine and Maria’s doppelganger Maschinenmensch. The Maschinenmensch is a gynoid of Maria that was created by the irrational scientist, Rotwang who was building a replica of Hel, “Let 's all watch as the world goes to the devil!” The symbolism of Hel’s replica is linked to the devil by the large satanic