How do Orwell and Attwood experiment with dystopian ingredients to reflect developing fears of modern societies? Both George Orwell’s 1984 and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale prove to be forewarnings of future societies run by totalitarian governments; where civilians are forced to live by their rules and for certain purposes to ensure the governments own goals and aspirations; however, both authors have differentiated dystopian features, or ingredients, to create governments for very different reasons. George Orwell, a middle-class scholar from England, lived in a society where class was almost everything, war had ripped apart the economy and social values were changing; he used the ideas of communism and other fascist regimes of the recent WW2 to implement a dystopia filled with control and suspicion, technological advances, censorship and war, much like the Nazi regime or Soviet Russia, thus reflecting his fear of totalitarianism and one party states who control their countries totally and absolutely. Atwood, of a later generation, grew up reading Orwell’s novels and inspired by them, wrote novels such as The Handmaid’s Tale in order to convey a feminist view of society through a dystopia, interweaving political ideas and sexuality, to forewarn of the effects of unjust governments and namely, the religious fundamentalists in America at the time. Even now these novels can be related to our own modern society, with political reforms in Libya for example.
While they may be off the hook legally, they seem to us perfect cowards: inciters of violence confusing life for some killer video game. In their dancing about, in their thrilling to the assault, they made themselves partners in intimidation. [pic]TriMet beating Police are investigating the beating of a 14-year-old girl on a MAX train, but wish someone had called 9-1-1 when the incident took place. Watch video [pic] And what about the mute passengers? Perhaps the sudden incident wasn't perceived as so malevolent.
This particular phase in history of the United States is referred to as either ‘The Red Scare’ or ‘McCarthyism’ because of the government-initiated propaganda against Communism. This era’s anti-communist hearings destroyed lives and friendships as paranoia swept America, according to Arthur Miller (Miller “Are You”). “The Crucible” evokes a lethal brew of illicit sexuality, and a fear of the supernatural and political manipulation, a combination that was similar to McCarthyism. When Miller wrote it, Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House Committee on Un-American Activities wanted him to sign an anti-communist declaration because the object was to destroy the least credibility of any and all ideas associated with socialism and communism (Miller “Why I”). Whether McCarthy was right or wrong, people can learn some important lessons from the past, present, and future.
Springer 1st 02 May 2011 Banned Book and Censorship Essay In 1984 by George Orwell, the novel describes a grim, totalitarian society set somewhere in the future. 1984 epitomizes the dystopian society and it depicts the horrific consequences of totalitarianism. Winston, the protagonist of the novel, rebels against the totalitarian government in the Oceanian province of Airstrip One. Life here is constantly filled with never-ending war, intrusive government surveillance, and abusive mind control through physical and mental torture. The novel reveals how Winston comes to the point of seeking rebellion against Big Brother, which eventually leads to his arrest, torture, and brain-washing so that he submits to the Party.
Brainwashing is the process by which a person is put through a prolonged process in order to change their thoughts pattern and behavior. One common result of this is to make them forget about their conscience and just focus on killing. According to "Child Soldiers" an article written by Mike Wessells," "Weakened psychologically and fearful of their commanders, children can become obedient killers, willing to take on the most dangerous and horrifying assignments"(2). This quote declares that children are easily manipulated into becoming horrendous assassins even if their minds are not completely with the idea of committing murder. Similarly, Ishmael Beah, in his memoir of a boy soldier, notes how he became a completely different person.
Can we really raise children to be moral if we discipline children immorally? The way we discipline our children determines the way they understand what they did wrong, how they will behave in the future and how they will discipline their own children. Unfortunately much of what we do in the name of discipline is immoral and causes more harm than good. This is why bullying has been becoming a more serious problem. In the book "Lost in Transition: The Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood" by Christian Smith, he sheds light on why bullying may be on the rise.
In the book 1984 by George Orwell, there is a large imbalance between the individual and the society. The individual within the society is treated unfairly, and the government is the main force behind the unjust treatment. Is it fair that the individual cannot have emotions toward the Inner Party? Is it fair that the citizens in 1984 have no privacy what so ever? Is it fair, that if he or she doesn’t love Big brother, then he or she must get vaporized?
Capitalists denounced radicals for scheming to overthrow the government and cited as proof events like the 1886 Haymarket Square bombing that left seven policemen dead. The radical response counted strikebreakers, Pinkerton detectives, and blacklists, among other union-busting tactics, on the roll of robber baron sins. Novelists like Ignatius Donnerly painted the conﬂict more vividly. In his book Caesar’s Column, published in 1890, Donnerly described the Brotherhood of Destruction, a secret society that rises to destroy the “abominable despotism” of the Hebrew-dominated aristocracy that has brought “the universal misery and wretchedness of the working class.” 39 More prosaic currency wars pitted inﬂationminded silverites against deﬂationary gold bugs and unleashed a barrage of literature uncovering their respective subversive activities. The Populist Party platform of 1892 put American economic problems in perspective, charging that “a vast conspiracy against mankind has been organized on two continents, and it is rapidly taking possession of the world.” 40 The intrigue between Wall Street and European banking houses awaited more explicit description in the twentieth century.41 Economic plots did not replace traditional intrigues.
Children can also get mental problems because of spanking such as killing themselves. Children start to think about why they were born and asking themselves if they should live in a world where they just get spanked all the time. Therefore, parents who spank their children should change their minds about spanking their children. Spanking children is not a good way to discipline them because children will have bad relationships with parents and other people. For example, children who are usually spanked by their parents have problems with them because of spanking, so children will become more aggressive with other people who are around them.
Helmer believes that “an atmosphere of lies infects and poisons the whole life of a home”. Nora’s subterfuge of forging a signature to borrow money for Helmer’s wellbeing went against his principle of reputation’s importance and was the trigger of Helmer’s spastic outburst near the end of the play.Character conflict is depicted much more explicitly in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”.Many of the games that Martha and George play with the guests are based upon a power struggle for the satisfaction of insulting and enraging the spouse. The more subtle conflict in “A Doll’s House” is thus contrasting with the more obvious clashes in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”.