In many ways, a pen is much more powerful and much more threatening, than a bullet. George Orwell’s satire, 1984, demonstrates the threat posed to totalitarianism by a well-thought mind defying the system it is constricted by and sharing its new-found knowledge with the masses. The Party has various precautions in place to instill fear and guilt in their unsuspecting people. Raw human impulses and emotions are tainted by Big Brother fueled propaganda. The Party uses a variety of torture to break down the independent mind and recreate it using their own approved beliefs.
The famous Roman orator and senator Publius Tacitus once wrote that “the more the laws, the more corrupt the government.” A corrupt system always tries to put restrictions and create laws in order to ensure that their power as an authority is not in danger of being disregarded. In Suzanne Collins’ renowned novel The Hunger Games, the Capitol is a corrupt system in Panem because it abuses its powers to control the citizens. It does so by forcing restrictions on the freedom of the people, favoring the rich and imposing harsh punishments. Firstly, The Capitol believes in a system that restricts the citizen 's freedom to ensure their supremacy on the public. For instance, when Katniss sneaks into the woods and comments about the situations of starvation
Consequently, the world of indulgence and self-entitlement lead people of power into a society in which rules have been suspended for them. Larry Josephs, a professor of psychology at Adelphi University places the blame on a phenomenon he calls the Caligula Effect in his May 17, 2011, Time magazine article. Much like the Roman leader, Caligula, who was also a world-class monster, a combination of narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy all play roles in this entitlement of these so-called heroes. Therefore, many of these individuals feel as though any act of behaving badly will merely be overlooked or covered up. This effect manifests itself from debauchery to blood doping; from Ponzi schemes to molestation; and when these ruthless acts disregard integrity, all of us are impacted—not merely Bill Clinton and Barry
The irony present in the above example, illuminates how regardless of how much a ruler promises to maintain equality and fairness, the position of power that they hold, will corrupt them. It is seen that the power rid of Napoleon’s conscience, and created a ruthless dictator.
The Allegory of The Devil and Tom Walker In the story, “The Devil and Tom Walker”, the author, Washington Irving, uses symbolic devices, and farfetched stories in order to convey to the audience a hidden meaning. Irving claims the story was just a, “legend”, but from further examination in the text the audience can conclude that this story is an allegory. The main character, Tom Walker is portrayed as an epitome for greed, and is shown how this theme can corrupt someone's life. Throughout the story there are many symbolic clues Irving includes to hint to this story being an allegory. A famous critic wrote about this allegory, “Irving certainly never intended “The Devil and Tom Walker” to be taken as a folktale.
Analysis of Judge Pyncheon from an Excerpt of The House of Seven Gables Politicians nowadays are seen as manipulative, greedy beings that only do what isgood in order to make a quick buck. That certainly alludes to this case with NathanielHawthorne 's memorable character, Judge Pyncheon, seen in an excerpt of The House of Seven Gables . The narrator 's acknowledgement of Judge Pyncheon seem quite as severeas the character himself. To the reader, the image of Judge Pyncheon is somewhatclarified due to a mass of hidden meanings. This excerpt seemingly mocks the Judge based on a numerous variety of notions.
Ozymandias is about a ruler that lost his power and kingdom because of his tyrannic rule.While Viva La Diva, Ozymandias, and The Scarlet Pimpernel are similar in many ways, every rule is temporary because of revenge and one’s want for revenge leads to careless actions, is prominent due to the use of metaphors in the authors’ text. Every drop of power gained is 2 drops of revenge stored. Every rule is temporary because of revenge.. The chant, “Long Live The King!” is ironic in the fact of this. The authors of The Scarlet Pimpernel and Viva La Vida reveal that a ruling is temporary by using metaphors, the literary act of comparing different words without using like or as.
Power, craved by most, looked down upon by others. Although it is taken advantage of, ‘absolute power corrupts absolutely’ quoted William Shakespeare. As abuse of power comes into play, injustice through fear and violence results; leading to a lack of freedom and control of individuality. Through a totalitarian governments abuse of power, fear is forced among society and manipulates any mass into obeying to their rules. The allegorical novella Animal Farm written at a time of political chaos by George Orwell, alongside James Mcteigue’s dystopian film V for Vendetta which is based and influenced by Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot and
As evidenced through past political figures, when an individual holds an abundant amount of power it only results in their own downfall. Corruption, the defining factor of their downfall, is dishonest or illegal behavior especially by powerful people (such as government officials or police officers) (Merriam-Webster). The theme of corruption is explored throughout The Tragedy of Macbeth. Shortly after Macbeth becomes king his conscience slowly starts to deteriorate as he orders the death of others. Through his actions, Macbeth soon becomes known as a tyrant.
Marx’s discussion of Bolivar is very critical as within his writings Marx explains that throughout his actions, Bolívar's "dictatorship soon proved a military anarchy, leaving the most important affairs in the hands of favourites, who squandered the finances of the country, and then resorted to odious means in order to restore them". At the conclusion of the biography, Marx uses Ducoudray Holstein's description of Bolívar. In conclusion, Marx describes Bolívar as a "falsifier, deserter, conspirator, liar, coward and looter", showing how he believed Bolívar was a "false liberator who merely sought to preserve the power of the old Creole nobility which he
Society itself is working in contradiction to the protagonist’s aims and aspirations. The responder can develop a superior knowledge of dystopian societies through the comparison of Victor Kelleher’s novel ‘Taronga’ and Neil burgers Film ‘Divergent’, as both can be perceived as instable tales. This reveals the destruction of society’s values by one individual; they are compelled to confront the brutality, fear, and misuse of power that results.