With injustice and cruelty running rampant in the world, it is unsurprising that people become determined to make things better for tomorrow. The cliché saying that the ends justify the means is often quoted by those aware of the moral greyness of their actions. Commendable yet unreasonable, leaders whose sole purpose in life is to fix what they see as “wrong” with the world fall prey to thinking there is only ally or enemy. In the long run, they harm those they try to liberate. This is the downfall of leaders in many works of literature, including Harrison Bergeron and The Lord of the Flies.
Kurt Cobain said that “The duty of youth is the challenge corruption.” The main characters in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn written by Mark Twain and Into the Wild directed by Sean Penn challenge the corruption in humanity. In the novel and the film, the protagonists are used to show how corrupt society is in their want of materialistic items. There are three main ways which are that Huck gives away his money, Alex rejects the normal way of life, and they both choose to live alone away from the grasps of civilization. In the novel Huck Finn, the author suggests that American society is corrupt through the actions of Huckleberry Finn. In the beginning, Huck gives all of his six thousand dollars to a judge because he didn’t want it anymore.
After reading “The Hunger Games,” by Suzanne Collins, I believe that The Hunger Games world is an extreme dystopian society. According to ReadWriteThink, a dystopian society, which is an “imagined universe in which oppressive societal control and the illusion of a perfect society are maintained through corporate, bureaucratic, technological, moral, or totalitarian control,” exists when some characteristics exist (Dystopias: Definition and Characteristics). Collins used many of these characteristics mentioned in the ReadWriteThink paper to show that citizens of Panem live in a dystopia, and these characteristics are the restricted information, constant surveillance, dehumanized people and total control. Through the novel, the readers can
Suzanne Collins’ novel The Hunger Games is about stereotyping and dehumanization as ways government uses to control ordinary citizens of Panem. The main character, Katniss Everdeen, is forced to take part in the Hunger Games, which is one of the main approaches to dominate over the country. Even though Katniss is pressed to face various difficulties, the novel focuses on political and social problems that are faced in modern society. The definition of the word dehumanization by Merriam-Webster is to ‘depriving human qualities, personality, or split’. This refers not to consider people as actual human beings but as something lower classed.
Language as a form of mind control in 1984 and Brave New World Although one 's idea of Utopianism is unique to one’s beliefs, the genre of Utopian and Dystopian fiction is commonly tackled in novels, from which the authors convey the idea of a depraved society through detailing inhumane characteristics which would be seen unacceptable to any world citizen. In Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, and 1984 by George Orwell authors create tyrannical governments responsible for a set of callous actions such as the eradication of freedom of speech and ideological control over their population’s mentality. These wrongdoings are achieved through the application of methods that obligate people to act as machines, such as the ad campaigns in Brave New World and the implementation of the Newspeak dictionary in 1984. As Orwell creates the ministry of truth as a means to demonstrate the lack of ideological freedom in oceania, Huxley discusses the concept of World Controllers and the use of SOMA as examples of the alienated society of Brave New World. Winston Smith is the protagonist of Orwell’s dystopian novel and represents a non-activist oppressed citizen of Oceania who is unable to conform with the government’s inequitable principles.
Hierarchy and class Robert Plank wrote in his psychological study on Nineteen Eighty-Four that Orwell describes a truly unbearable regime; which, as we assume, could be real someday. Yet he argues that that society will be inevitable. „As long as we are under the impression of the book, we are forced to believe, that this will be out future“. All dystopias have a strict division of the citizens by abilities and class. In Nineteen Eighty-Four there are capitalist and proles, Party and non-Party citizens, all controlled by Ingsoc - the Party and apparently ruled by the Big Brother.
Katniss as a central role in this movie looks strong and convincing with a bow and arrow. The analysis of the hunger games will be explain with Marxist theory because this movie related with marxism issue which is social class between capitol and twelve district. The capitol are described as a bourgeois
Dystopian novels such as Dave Eggers’ The Circle, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale consist a common problem that their society is run by totalitarian figures who oppress anyone that doesn’t believe in their ideals. Where the protagonists avert from being manipulated into their propaganda and arbitrary restrictions. Whereas, The Handmaid’s Tale is structured and developed into two parts, such as a sequence of events and historical context. Likewise, The Circle correlates to modern society due its contemporary lifestyle influenced by technology that supervises everyone’s motives. Which all corresponds to George Orwell’s 1984 totalitarian society where privacy is theft and the tyrannical association supervises and manipulates the public.
This shows what a horrific world Winston lives in. Anything that someone thought of had to be in accordance with the party’s regime, anything else would be considered a thoughtcrime and would be punished severely. Considering the mechanisms of control and the possibilities of freedom that follow we will explore the extent to which George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four is a pessimistic and dystopian novel. The first mechanism of control that we will explore is Newspeak. Newspeak is the language that was created and enforced by Big Brother, the controlling party in the novel, to control and restrict the way in which party members think.
As man once said “When injustice becomes law, rebellion becomes duty”. In the movie Hunger games, it shown through Katniss when she believes that the Hunger Games is injustice and wrong instead of a game that reminds every one of the previous rebellion. She had ‘individuality’ which is considered rebellious although this occurs in most dystopian genre based movies. Divergent also includes rebellion by having Tris be a divergent that is considered a threat to the government. These movies have something in common; flaws in the government.