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1984 - power

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ENGLISH ESSAY - "POWER IS A DESTRUCTIVE FORCE IN HUMAN SOCIETY" Power is the ability to exert authority, control or to influence another person or party.1 Power has played its part in shaping and moulding human society to what it is today, but human society's destructive nature has also been shown over the centuries through the misuse of power. Through conflicts, strife and oppression, this destructive nature is revealed. This is a recurring motif that is evident in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four, and Oliver Hirschbiegel's Downfall Firstly, power is shown to be a destructive force in human society in the text Nineteen Eighty Four. This is clearly shown through George Orwell's use of an invasive authoritarian government, not allowing individual thought among its citizens. This is portrayed in the text mainly through the use of telescreens, a device used by the antagonistic government in this text to monitor the lives of its citizens. George Orwell's use of verisimilitude is shown in the quote, "in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in the darkness, every movement scrutinised." ...read more.


This is a clear and definite example of the misuse of power and power as a destructive force in human society, in that the party would not hesitate to kill its citizens, if their views happened to differ from those of the party. In addition, George Orwell gives us an insight into a citizen's disappearance; "Syme had vanished... Syme had ceased to exist: he had never existed." The reason why George Orwell includes this in his story is to show the control that the authoritarian government has over its citizens, in that when they vaporise someone, he suddenly just ceases to exist, he was never even alive. The text Nineteen Eighty Four clearly shows that power is a destructive force in human society, mainly focusing on the conformation of citizens to the ideology of the totalitarian government in power. The destructive nature of power in human society can also be seen in the film Downfall directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel. ...read more.


The results of his actions were also destructive to Germany. Berlin especially went from a normal, well functioning city to a war torn and fire ridden mass of rubble. Hitler's misuse of power not only corrupted him, but affected Germany as well. Likewise, Oliver Hirschbiegel has used several other techniques to convey the general mood or tone of the film. These include dark coloured costuming, dark and gloomy lighting, and sad non-diagetic music. All of these are used to create a sombre and melancholy mood, heightening the sadness and seriousness of Hitler's actions in the film. Through Downfall, one may see that power is a destructive force in human society. In conclusion, one may clearly see that although power can be instrumental in shaping the world into what it is today, power can also be seen as a destructive force in human society, through both authoritarian power and the corruptive nature of power, as seen in the two texts, Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell and Downfall by Oliver Hirschbiegel. 1 The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English, Sixth Edition, Clarendon Press ?? ?? ?? ?? Josh Parker - SZA ...read more.

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