Stasiland (2002) is a non-fiction journalistic text written by Anna Funder whereas, in 1984 (1949) written by George Orwell is a dystopian novel. Both texts look at how oppression works and what they have in common is the oppression of individualities. Anne funder is looking at what really happened, yet it is still horrific however, Orwell takes it to an extreme because it’s a novel. In addition to this, in Stasiland people’s privacy and freedom is being invaded because of the uncontrollable power that the Stasi holds. This is the same with 1984, Big Brother and how they would watch everything that happens to every single individual so they’re not going against the country.
Conformity Essay Rough Draft While reading books through an obedience lenses, readers search for which characters are compliant to a more powerful character, their reasoning, and how it impacts their actions and mindset. The focus book of this lens was 1984 by George Orwell, as Winston recognizes that almost all Party members are utterly loyal to the Party, yet attempts to rebel against the Party with the help of Julia and O’Brien, resulting in severe personal consequences. Rebellion shows disobedience that the Party works to revise through different forms of imprisonment and torture, leaving victims-like Winston and Julia-practically apathetic and emotionless. It is incredibly important to view books through an obedience lenses, particularly because of the relevance to society’s current state of affairs. By obeying authority figures because of fear of punishment, people can lose their sense of individuality and humanity, as evidenced by the characters in 1984.
Observing the love and affection between others only increases the effect his own solitude has on him. He is aware of his otherness and knows that he is “shut out from intercourse” (84) with the people he holds so dear. It can be argued that this is the point where the creature’s humanity is the strongest throughout the course of story. He has a basic understanding of human societies, he speaks and reads their language, shows compassion and, most importantly, seeks their company and friendship. In his knowledge that social belonging is the missing component to his own happiness, he confronts the people he secretly observed only to, once again, be met with fear and anger (94-95).
He knows that the acceptance of submission broke the structure of man and that his society is wrong to let the rights of man collapse under such a worship. Therefore, Equality sacrifices himself for the power of individuality. He takes the struggles of the martyr and rebels against the evil of the word “we”. Equality is correct to morally judge his society by pronouncing his denouncement of them in moral terms for they took away man’s freedom, shamed their people for their differences, and censored man’s power of
An example of him being not rebellious is that his biggest act of rebellion was Julia. Winston definitely was bound to fail from the beginning because he was careless and not very rebellious. Winston was bound to fail because he had blind faith in O’Brien. By that it is meant that Winston trust O’Brien off without actually knowing him. Winston just accepts that O’Brien is anti-party because he gave him a look during the two minute hate.
Humans are capable of a variety of emotions, ranging from saintly to pure evil. Society fosters the positive aspects because they are beneficial to our lives. Negative traits are feared due to their relationship as omens of bad fortune and so refuses to openly discuss them despite their ability to exert influence in our lives. Gothic writing, specifically with its emphasis on intense emotions like apprehension, horror, and terror, was the perfect medium used by authors such Irving, Poe, and Hawthorne to explore a fascination with human complexity to uncover the truth it reveals about ourselves. Edgar Allan Poe openly explores the agony of grief, fear, and despair in the poem “The Raven”.
Orwell integrates devices such as irony, satire, and motifs to illustrate the life unfulfilling life of Winston Smith. Orwell imagines a world where absolutism is at reign, individualism is oblivious, and reality and history are simply a matter of opinion. The novel begins by introducing the “two minute hate” a daily routine that arouses the members hate against other states, and their love for the supreme leader “Big brother”(Orwell 3). A form of situational irony portrayed by Julia, throughout the novel. While walking down the lane to the hideout, Winston mentions that “a narrow scarlet sash, emblem of the Junior Anti-Sex league[…]tightly enough to bring out the shapeliness of her hips” which tells the audience that she is part of the league (Orwell 99).
The excessive pride of Creon and Antigone lead to their downfalls in Antigone. In the scene in which creon is confronted by Antigone about his commands he says “go down and love you must- love the dead! While I’m alive, no woman is going to lord it over me” () Creon
Art can be used as a medium to remind the society about future calamities if they let something senseless to take place in their society. Orwell used his novel, 1984, to give a warning for the future that what society will become if they allow totalitarianism to accomplish supremacy. Orwell succeeds in delivering an aesthetic work by using symbols such as glass, as mentioned by Lyons, and also by breaking the elements of satire seen through the language, which includes ‘newspeak’. 'George Orwell 's Opaque Glass in 1984 ' leads readers to believe that the narrative techniques employed by the author in the work 1984, take away from the aestheticism of it. In the latter part of Orwell 's career, it is believed that his works show moments of haste and slovenliness and it is not so finely written, because he was much more interested in what he had to say, than how to
For Jane Eyre to have been translated and republished during this time meant that either the religious content of the book must have been distilled, or the publishers chose to frame this novel as a critique of social stratification. According to the introduction, numerous English critics claimed the novel to be "anti-Christian." Therefore, this edition explicitly frames Brontë's work as a piece of literature that questions religious authority–therefore welcome in the Soviet Union. The introduction's author notes that a major characterization of Victorian writers, including Charlotte Brontë, was a "Hatred of the bourgeoisie, compassion, and active participation in the destinies of the humiliated and oppressed... ("Introduction"). By characterizing the novel with these traits, Jane Eyre becomes a model for communist principles, especially the defiance of social classes.