Throughout history, there have been many different ways a government can control its people, but these two radical styles of ruling-in North Korea and the novel 1984- are comparable in many ways. The novel 1984, written by George Orwell, depicts a society of extreme control by the government. North Korea’s government has a tightly help grip on their loyal people. Both the fictional and nonfictional versions of this ruling style, teach a person new ideas about the world today. The citizens of North Korea and the novel 1984, have a strong devotion to their leader, a sense of unity and the need to be the same, and sometimes a rare urge to rebel.
A Dystopian society between the real word and the book “Anthem” have a unique set of differences and similarities. In North Korea it’s structure is known as SongBun, a society as to which their ruler is the person they must worship and make all living sacrifices to please their “God”, however in the book “Anthem”, by Ayn Rand, they must live in a society where they must love all brothers as one and only one whole. In one law that’s unique in their own that they share is that they must obey or be given death as punishment. Nor shall they question what they are given as their career. The people in the society between them are different, yet the amount of love they believe is the “right belief” is equal. Though they are both considered as a
Conductor of the Underground Railroad, nurse, and spy, are three things that define Harriet Tubman. Most people think of her heroic acts in the Underground Railroad when they think of Harriet Tubman, but she did so much more. As a well known icon of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman showed Americans that anyone can have freedom if they really want it. She left a lasting legacy as Moses of the nineteenth century, who brought enslaved people to freedom.
In the novel Our Twisted Hero, by Yi Munyol, Han Pyongt’ae is the twisted hero because he does not adhere to Sokdae’s class management system, and in the end, gives justice to what he believes is right. Although Sokdae keeps the class under control, he abuses his power, by making the classmates get him water and different types of food, thus angering Pyongt’ae who says infuriatingly, “Who decided whose turn it was? Why do we have to fetch water for the monitor? Is the monitor a teacher or what? Doesn’t the monitor have any hands or feet?” (19). Pyongt’ae is determined to knock Sokdae off of his throne but then he changes course. He agrees to follow Sokdae’s system allowing him to “rediscover… friends and games” (71). Later on, when the other
Furthermore, there is another similar dictatorship in North Korea in today’s world. The supreme leader of the country is named Kim Jong-un, and he controls everything that occurs. This is in close relation to El Jefe in Before We Were Free because they both have absolute power over the citizens. Just like in the novel, there are many people in the world that disagree with what Kim Jong-un is doing. In both events, if you opposed the leader, you would have to face serious consequences.
Escape from Camp 14 is a bibliography about the main character Shin and how he managed to be one of the first civilians to successfully escape from a Political Camp. As Shin was growing up, he had to face terrible living conditions in Camp 14. Food was always hard to come by, so Shin often survived by eating insects and rats.North Korea is known for their many abominations to humanity. The country is also known for their communist political make up that has abused all of the North Korean people since World War 2. Food shortages, media bans, torture, and political camps are some of the major issues that are going on in North Korea today, and their dictatorship is the cause of it all.
There are many societal problems in todays world. These problems can range from poverty, crime, to even human right violations. The United States serves as a model country, where many of these problems are not seen or handled with quality efforts. One of the fundamental keys to the United States success is the implement of our first amendment right, freedom of speech. Although many might not understand the power of this right, time and time again it proves its’ importance within our culture. In comparison to unfortunate countries like North Korea, U.S citizens live in a completely different
Have you ever wondered what it was like during the time of the Holocaust? Well, if so then your question might just be answered. I believe that the time of the Holocaust was horrible and should not be repeated; however there is a possibility for that to happen. First, the United States is in the middle of a war with ISIS and that could possibly lead to another Holocaust that we will ignore; second, the conflicts between North Korea and United States, and finally Sudanese refugees are stepping into dangerous waters because not everybody is happy with them coming into the United States and other countries.
The fact that the North Korean government feels they must produce films with multiple layers of propaganda for their own citizens implies that they are worried about their level of control over their people. They need to constantly enforce their values, through varying degrees of brainwashing, in order to maintain a certain level of control over their own society. This means that the values portrayed in the film are not intrinsic to the society and thus the government’s power over their society are formed inorganically. North Korea clearly values blind obedience to rules as an important aspect of their society, they need their citizens to believe the rules set in place for them are in order to protect them and not hurt them. Korean politics employ the use of soft power on a grand scale, not just through films but also through the use of mass games, memorabilia, and other ways to shape its citizens
In Nothing to Envy written by Barbara Demick, the author describes North Korea as "a country that has fallen out of the developed world" (Demick 4). Through diction, Demick is attempting to demonstrate the notion that North Korea is surviving solely without interruption from the outside world. This is done by ruling the country by a totalitarian dictatorship, such as an absolute monarchy controlled by generations of the same family in pursuit of the same goal. In North Korea, each individual person is denied basic human rights in attempt to control the incoming knowledge about the world around them. They are taught to solemnly worship and abide by the rules of their supreme leader and are denied any uncontrolled access to electronics, such as movies, television, and internet.This is
"The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson is a short story about a strange village that blindly follows a non beneficial tradition. Jackson uses several objects in order to convey the overall theme of mob mentality to the reader, such as stones, old man Warner, and the black box. The symbols build upon the story to solidify the theme that mob mentality can ruin a society. Many societies even today struggle with mob mentality especially communist societies. "The Lottery" is a prominent example of how history repeats itself.
Both “Postwar Reconstruction and a Declaration of Self-reliance, 1953-55” by Charles Armstrong and “North Korea’s Vinalon City: Industrialism as Socialist Everyday Life” by Cheehyung Kim focus on the post-Korean War reconstruction of North Korea as a model of the socialist economic development. The authors analyze the rise of North Korea as a showcase of socialist industrialization with “fraternal” supports from the whole Eastern Bloc, the role of this rapid` industrialization in consolidating Kim Il Sung’s power, and external and internal backgrounds behind the North’s gradual transition from an externally dependent economy to an autarky after the initial years of industrialization.
Throughout the history of mankind, nationalism has played a significant role and had major impact on society. Nationalism, especially in South Korea where having a nationalistic attitude is of social norm with deep history, has a substantial influence on the culture and way of life. We have seen nationalism work in favor of the country, however we fail to take into account the devastating drawbacks of possessing this nationalistic attitude. Historical references and current situations shows that nationalism could lead to into major conflict, war. In such a globalized world such as today, certain problems are bound arise possessing this nationalistic attitude. While the majority of South Koreans are and assume that being nationalistic promotes
Probably the only country in the world that totally rejects globalization, North Korea, upon becoming a separate country in 1948 when the Korean peninsula was divided into two separate countries in the aftermath of WWII, has emerged today as the world’s most enduring isolated totalitarian socialist society in recent history, according to Freedom House.