The Philosophical Control in North Korea In the year 1903, English novelist, journalist and author Eric Arthur Blair was born, though better known today by his pen name, George Orwell. Orwell may be best known for his piece, 1984, written in the year 1949 and about the possible struggles that man will face through the current trends in time. 1984 was heavily influenced by the events of World War II, and the political and military figureheads such as Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin, along with groups and events like the Hitler youth or the Stalin purges. Those were some connections to the real world prior to the writing of 1984, but what about after the publication of the novel?
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.
The only way to make such lies believable was to isolate the country from the rest of the world (preventing the citizens from being exposed to other sources of information) and to purge brutally all those who could possibly challenge the new deity’s mythology. (Saxonberg, 119). North Korean propaganda states that policy (and all wisdom) radiates from Kim. North Korea’s press continually repeats that both Kims are benevolent father figures “sagaciously” guiding their flock. (McEachern,
In North Korea everything is controlled by the government. There is no freedom of speech and if someone opposes Kim Il-Sung, they would be executed. Similarly in Animal Farm, any animal that spoke against Napoleon would be called a traitor and then the animal would be executed. In North Korea there were also given the illusion of freedom but they didn’t really have it because they could pick their own president even though there was only one person running. This is similar to Animal Farm because after Napoleon kicked Snowball out of the farm, he declared himself the leader of Animal Farm with no opposition.
A Fictional and Non-fictional Communist Government 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.
There already exist few countries that follow by the custom of totalitarianism. One of those few countries includes North Korea, one of the world’s most secretive and isolated societies. North Korea arose in 1948, by the end of World
In North Korea ever since birth every man and woman are to love their ruler as if they were “God” themselves stated well in the Documentary of North Korea. They must bow everyday and pray to their ruler and to please their ruler. In the book “Anthem” the people love their brothers as equal no such thing as loving more than one another. There is no selfishness and may not exceed what you are told the amount of intelligence is required; they are put into a group with a given name and number. They have a routine they must follow in their everyday lives until death.
As an American, we cannot comprehend the types of laws that are enforced upon North Korean Citizens. A few bizarre controlment rules that I still struggle to comprehend myself are there are only twenty-eight ways North Korean men and women can cut their hair, North Korean Men and Women are not allowed to own a bible or any western literature, and also there are only three channels on tv and you must only watch those. Along with those laws in place, the North Korean government has control over education and news which leads to many growing up to hate other countries besides their own with no reasoning behind their hatred. Our lives along with many others are still being affected by the iron grip of societal norms.
Rand wrote Anthem as a warning to what could come from accepting ideas from deranged ethical altruism. North Korea and the society within Anthem both contain distinctive repression of freedom and the individual. Anthem’s and North Korea’s societies contain pronounced differences and significant similarities in their government’s structure and the state of their peoples. North Korea’s government structure is based off of the Dear Leader, Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un. To gain privilege in North Korea men and women must prove themselves to be completely loyal to the Dear Leader.
Firstly, a sole dictator is displayed as a leader who rules over the people. In the novel 1984, Big Brother is shown as the dictator in power. “Throughout London, Winston sees posters showing a man gazing down over the words ‘BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU’ everywhere he goes”(Orwell 4). This quote illustrates how Big Brother is shown as the face of the party and the leader of the nation. The face of Big Brother symbolizes the Party in its public manifestation; he is a reassurance to most people, but he is also an open threat provided that no one cannot escape his gaze.
Hyeonseo Lee North Korean Defector Change, hope, and justice, are all things North Korean defectors, including Human Rights activist Hyeonseo Lee, wish for in the harshly governed country of North Korea. Many people know about the story of Hyeonseo’s escape from the unethical dictatorship of the Kims. But she was so much more. As a Human Rights activist fighting for a change of the corrupt and cruel system of government in North Korea, she is trying her best to inform people of how terrible and a dire situation it is in North Korea. Through this, she is showing her defiance publicly towards North Korea, when just a little over a decade before, she was expressing absolute loyalty and respect towards the Kims.
North Korea is a mysterious place to outsiders but from the inside it may seem normal because the people have no sense of reality or awareness. In the novel 1984 a made up character named ‘Big Brother’ is much like Kim Jong-Un in our world. There are two parties outer and inner and the inner parties consist of people from the inside and the wealthier class unlike the outer witch holds the middle class.The outer party of 1984 worship Big Brother and most are forced to because they are being watched by spies and telescreens (surveillance systems). North Korea is very similar to 1984 due to the constant surveillance and the cult of personality.
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. Armstrong argues that “fraternal” assistances from the USSR, the PRC, and the Eastern European countries as well as its strict adherence to Stalinist economic programs with the heavy emphasis on heavy industries were the two biggest characteristics of the rapid industrialization of North Korea. Armstrong summarizes, “through a combination of tremendous work and sacrifice on the part of the North Korean people, generous economic and technical assistance from the “fraternal” socialist countries, and the