In 1987 the by Oliver Stone directed movie Wall Street was released, starring Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen. The former played the character Gordon Gekko, who, according to the intended message of the movie, was supposed to be the villain, representing the greed in the financial sector. However, Gekko did not turn out to be the villain for everybody; he became a cult hero in the financial sector. The sector that bears great responsibility for the 2008 financial crisis in the United States, in which greed played a crucial role. By presenting greed in an appealing way, Wall Street increased the extent to which greed dominated the financial
1984 is a novel that shows the severity of totalitarian and communist rule by showing what London would be like in the future if it were under totalitarian rule. The novel shows the life of a low ranking member of the society, Winston Smith. Everywhere that Winston goes, he is watched by the government and forced to look at propaganda showing the government is watching him. The government, Big Brother, even watches Winston and others in their own homes. At the start of the novel, Winston feels frustrated by the oppressive rule of Big Brother which even prohibits free thought and expression of individuality.
While The Crucible is meant to be a direct commentary on the Second Red Scare, Death of a Salesman slyly comments on some of the failures of Capitalism through the failure of Willy Loman. Miller’s secondary argument in The Crucible was for America to stop wholeheartedly attacking Communism. In an interview with CBC, Arthur Miller said, “[The American] political system can’t tolerate real opposition, and especially in the 20th century” (CBCtv). Death of a Salesman underscores The Crucible by giving an example of why America should accept some
Harry S. Truman, the 33rd American President, greatly influenced the development of the Cold War. He earned presidency of the United States in the year 1945, shortly after Roosevelt passed away and two weeks before Adolf Hitler committed suicide. During his 8 years of ruling, Truman believed that communism was not right, which led to tension between the United States and the Soviet Union, also known as the Cold War. Where both Soviet and American policies had divided Europe into a Soviet-controlled bloc in the east and an American-supported grouping in the west. He took the side of those who shared his beliefs.
In 1949 George Orwell wrote “1984” to epitomize the haunting life under a Dystopia created and maintained by a totalitarian regime. The novel used themes from life in the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin as well as wartime in his own country of the United Kingdom. Orwell believed that democracy as it existed before 1939 would not survive the war and would be replaced by Fascist coup d’état or, and more likely, a socialist revolution with Stalinist overtones – admitting later that events had proved him wrong. In 1993, Lois Lowry wrote “The Giver” to expose the fallacy of a Utopian society where inhabitants, although well fed, healthy and seemingly happy, lack the basic freedoms and pleasures that our own society values. The novel was written in an era when political correctness ruled public consciousness with a tendency to ignore significant differences between individuals and diversity so as to avoid appearing prejudiced or discriminatory.
In the novel 1984, George Orwell talks about how privacy is scarce and how the government controls our lives in a totalitarian government. George Orwell in his novel, 1984, published in June 8, 1949 addresses the topic of what he thinks Oceania will look like in 1984, based on how things were back when he wrote it. Orwell's claim is supported in today's modern literature in the article “When Euphemism Disguises Truth: George Orwell’s Foresight” by Bernard A. Weisberger saying that when the general atmosphere is bad, language must suffer and then later saying that the German, Russian and Italian languages have all deteriorated in the last 10 or 15 years, as a result of dictatorship. The surveillance capabilities used by Big Brother were that “any sound that winston made above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it; moreover , so long as he remained within the field of vision of the metal plaque commanded he could be seen as well as heard.” As you can see, surveillance has been a big issue and there have been technologies used to spy. For example, telescreens they are used to monitor the every movement of the person being watch by the government.
V for Vendetta is set after times of war, terror and disease, London, occupied by a totalitarian government, is introduced with the vigilante known only as V. Another text that will be talked about in this essay is 1984. It was written by George Orwell and published in London on June 8, 1949 and is based around the rebellion of a man who is being oppressed by the tyranny called Big Brother. In the next few paragraphs I will be talking about the similarities and differences in V for Vendetta and 1984. In the film, V for Vendetta, the
In 2006, human rights literature such as “In the Country of Men” was introduced into the huge power of literature. Baba’s insights look back to 1979 as political point of view. The Gaddfi regime sees him as traitor to the revolutionary party. In Libya the men of the revolution see as traitors those who do not acknowledges Gaddfi’s ideology and label them as “stray Dog”. This is how Baba’s journey is likened.
He picks up the other angle of the UK riots and paints a picture of the perpetrators behind the riots. Brand believes that at the core of the riots is a forgotten group of youngsters, who has been abandoned by the common people of modern day society. He believes that these youths feel alienated to a point where they might as well be Martians from outer space. Brand believes that the riots are a culmination of decades of oppression by leaders such as Margaret Thatcher. Russell Brand also firmly believes that people and politicians must stop the alienation and start including this
On August 15, Japan surrendered unconditionally. President Truman decision to drop these atomic bombs on these cities changed the course of history and modern warfare. After this pivotal moment begun an arms race to develop the most nuclear bombs between many nations. The decision to drop the atomic bombs over Japanese cities had to involve a lot of pros and cons. This paper will discuss the reason why the bombs were dropped, how historians look back on that decision, how the culture of the time affected that decision, and what, in my opinion, was the deciding factor.