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Abuse of power, depletion of self-identity and free will in modern times (Orwell)

George Orwell’s 1984 is a dystopian novel that follows Winston Smith, a normal employee in the Ministry of Truth. Life in 1984 is bleak, non-whimsical and ensued in war. With the depletion of self-identity under the tyrannical guise of “Big Brother”, 1984 serves as a commentary on politics and power. With the abuse of power … Read more

Animal Farm & Letter from Birmingham Jail: freedom and the necessities of justice and education

The topic of justice has inevitably made its way into the course of history. Whether it be the Protestant-Catholic rivalry in Northern Ireland of the 1920s, or the LGBT movement of today, the topics of injustice and justice still cause turmoil. Simon Wiesenthal, an anti-Nazi activist, and survivor of the Janowska concentration camp, once stated, … Read more

Literary devices in Animal Farm and 1984 (George Orwell)

George Orwell’s book 1984, has been an important work in the eyes of many critics because of its views on a totalitarianistic society. Peter Firchow states that, “Orwell is one of the great essayists of the period—as well as in his documentary books” (Firchow). Orwell uses a variety of literary tools to embellish his novel … Read more

Literary works Animal Farm and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Introduction A government is a system or organization whose purpose is to govern and authorize a community. The characteristics of a government reflect the collective outlooks of all those part of the society. By understanding and evaluating the different forms of government and their formation one can gain a perspective on the mindsets of the … Read more

Big Brother Is Watching (George Orwell’s 1984 and Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451)

Cameras, televisions and microphones are everywhere. Our actions are constantly being monitored for various purposes. Though it generally poses no threat to our well being, nothing we do goes unnoticed. In George Orwell’s 1984 and Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 neither protagonist agrees with the actions and views of their respective totalitarian governments. Due to the … Read more

George Orwell’s ‘Coming Up for Air’ / Philip Larkin’s poetry

George Orwell’s ‘Coming Up for Air’ and much of Philip Larkin’s poetry observe and share comparable features of our often less-than-precise connection with the past and how it influences our attitude towards the present and future. Orwell’s central character in ‘Coming Up for Air’, George Bowling, finds it difficult to engage with a monotonous, dehumanised … Read more

Animal Farm uses satire to convey a deeper message about Russian communism & Stalinism

Animal Farm is a fable that uses satire to convey a deeper and more relevant underlying message about Russian communism and Stalinism. This animal allegory written by George Orwell challenges the beliefs and exposes events in the Russian revolution and the cycle of communism. By using animals, he is able to portray this piece of … Read more

George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World

Introduction With Brave New World set just under 600 years after 1984 (Vega De Febles, 94), both George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World introduce dystopias, establishing societies that are both problematic and possible. The possibility of this type of society coming to be is what evokes fear in the reader associated with … Read more