Authority In 1984

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Questioning the ideas and decisions of people in authority is crucial to the advancement and development of their self-cognitive thinking and discovery. Everyone has their own idea of ethics and morality, but figures of authority including teachers, heads of nations, or other positions of power, may not always be in line that morality. In order to determine whether a figure of authority is doing what is just, individuals must speak out when they perceive injustice. That means that they must question the authority. Dystopian novels often portray systems of national leadership in which questioning the authority of the government is explicitly forbidden. George Orwell's novel 1984 is one of these stories. The government is known as "Big Brother," who is a symbolic entity continually watching over every citizen. The language, Newspeak, is constantly being updated to control people's…show more content…
In my General Literature class, one of the activities in our studies is a discussion of different novels, articles, essays, or any other type of writing. For the most part, notable authors that are figures of authority composed these writings that we discuss. During our discussions, we sometimes question the validity of the writings. We expose flaws of the writing and stronger opinions and creative ideas are formed, often surpassing that of the writing itself that was made by the notable author. For example, through the questioning and debating, we we able to surpass the limitations of Freire's "Banking Method" and make conclusions beyond what is found in just reading a piece of writing from a prominent author. The questions that we asked these authors allowed us to expand our knowledge and understanding of articles and novels leading to the construction of improved points of view that are formed not only from a single mind, but also from a collaboration from a multiple of

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