The exploitative political systems within Fritz Lang’s film Metropolis (1927) and George Orwell’s 1984 position the reader to invest emotionally in the plight of individuals. The texts offer a critique of the repressive social conditions within the composers’ social, historical and cultural context. Lang’s avant-guarde film focuses on problematic social tensions between the capitalist elite and proletariat in the Weimer Republic. 1984 also explores concerns about the hierarchical division of power, satirising totalitarian systems of indoctrination and repression in a post WWII society. In this sense, the didactic representations extrapolate from contextual fears but through an evaluation of the intertextual perspectives, they offer different
When Faced With Tyranny When one is faced with an oppressive government, they can lose control over all aspects of their daily lives. It is also easy for one to lose authority over themselves when faced with a stronger force. What might one’s response be when they possess little to no control over their lives? Many people may blindly follow society, but others might choose to disobey the rules. In 1984 by George Orwell, Winston Smith’s defiant nature and curious attitude display that one may turn to rebellion when faced with tyranny.
In George Orwell’s 1984, the government regulates the information that citizens have access to, as well as ensuring that the citizens have no knowledge of the true history or condition of the world or their own personal past. This ties into Frederick Douglass’s book, where slave owners deprive slaves of both personal knowledge and the knowledge to read and learn to ensure that slaves remain undoubtedly loyal to them, as the government did with the citizens of 1984. Douglass’s Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave covers his life and experiences as a slave in in the South, decades before the Civil War, including his encounters with slave owners and their attitude about educating slaves. Slave owners intentionally kept
The economy is such a complex system in our current society. Over the years, we have gone though many economic recessions and inflations. The majority of people would consider United States economic states as a capital system but is infused with socialist attributes. Capitalism is an economic system in which privatization occurs through laws of the free market competition. Privatization is a process of private owners making a profit through trade.
In 1984, George Orwell depicts a dystopian society pervaded by government control and the obsolescence of human emotion and society. Winston is forced to confront the reality of a totalitarian rule where the residents of Oceania are manipulated to ensure absolute government control and servitude of the people. The theme of totalitarianism and dystopia is employed in 1984 to grant absolute power to the government and ensure the deference of the people through the proliferation of propaganda, the repudiation of privacy and freedom, and the eradication of human thought and values. The repudiation of privacy and independent thought and the ubiquity of government surveillance is employed to secure absolute power to the government over the populace
There’s no way in this world that I would allow myself to see my brother or my sister live on the streets. No one is born into homelessness; some have just been through a series of unfortunate events in their lives that led them to live as homeless individuals. For others, it's a case of psychological problems. No matter what family you come from, everybody is born for a reason. I believe that we all have one purpose in this life on our quest to becoming better people, and that is to take care of one another here on earth.
The party 's tactics of mind control has resulted in the party having absolute control over the human mind. The party has oppressed its people by brainwashing, taking away individuality, attempting to alter the past, and limiting privacy as well as rights. Although the party has done everything in their power to limit the risks of being overthrown, I believe that human emotions, and instincts can never be oppressed completely. There will always be those who resist the party. As long as humans can feel love, compassion, lust, sadness, hatred, anger, happiness, and most importantly hope, the party will eventually fall.
Manipulative powers were a constant recurrence in 1984. The Party used many methods to manipulate people into submissiveness, one being repression of privacy. There were cameras placed everywhere; streets, homes, bedrooms, which the Party used to spy on the population, and there was never any true privacy. The beginning of this book shows that the main character opposes the Party’s rules when he finds an alcove within his apartment excluding peering eyes where he writes in a journal, something he is not allowed to own, memories of the past, his thoughts, and subconsciously writes “DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER.” “He discovered that while he sat helplessly musing, he had also been writing, as though by automatic action … printing in large neat capitals, DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER, over and over again filling half a page” (Orwell 20).
George Orwell’s 1984 tells the story of a man named Winston Smith attempting to escape the constant oppression he must face in a post-World War II totalitarian society. Winston struggles to be himself in a place that holds him back. With non-stop monitoring, Winston has to figure out how to rebel against Big Brother without dying. He does so by acquiring a book and a lover. His response to the poor standard enable him to experience happiness and some sort of freedom for a brief amount of time.
Powerful Governments A government is to be in charge of the economic affairs, policy, and actions of a country. There are various types of governments, with laws and restrictions that citizens are to follow. These laws and restrictions can easily be taken to extremes as portrayed in George Orwell’s 1984.