Plan: Significant connections
Texts: Nineteen Eighty four, The Handmaids tale, Minority Report, ……. (the Genre of texts is Dystopian)
- Establishes the over arching idea/ aspect.
- Identifying the texts you will refer to.
- Expand on what conclusions this has lead you to.
One section on each text:
- Introduce the text (do not summarise the plot) – name, author…
- Expand on how your ideas about the connecting feature were developed by the text.
- Give quoted examples
- Make a link to next section.
Link each paragraph by indicating the key similarities or differences in how each one responds to your idea/feature.
Dystopia – An imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.
Introduction: The power to influence or direct peoples behaviours. Control can be influenced in many different ways, especially through language. Language is a form of communication that can be used in a powerful way when misused. Control through language is a weapon of mind control and an abuse of power. In this review I will be discussing the different examples of ‘Control through language’ that we can find in the novels Nineteen eighty four, The handmaids tale, the film Minority report and the poem ………….
Nineteen eighty four: In the novel Nineteen eighty four written by George Orwell control is enforced through language. In this dystopian novel language is one of the most important messages. It’s the central importance of human thought because it structures and limits the ideas that individuals are capable of formulating and expressing. In Nineteen eighty four the party overwhelms the minds capacity for individual thought. One example of this is newspeak which is the official language of Oceania. It was created as a form of control by the party. By controlling everyones thoughts and forcing a new and improved language the party can also control the actions of people who are forced to speak words made by the party. Language is very important in Orwell’s novel because in a dystopian wold where everything is made unpleasant, even language becomes something controlling over peoples thoughts and actions. Another way the party manipulates individuals into control through language is when they organise furious displays of hatred against the parties political enemies. The people are manipulated into hatred and forced to yell at images of enemies.
Below is a quote about newspeak……..
’Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten. […] Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness always a little smaller. Even now, of course, there’s no reason or excuse for committing thoughtcrime. It’s merely a question of self-discipline, reality-control. But in the end there won’t be any need even for that. […] In fact there will be no thought, as we understand it now. Orthodoxy means not thinking – not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”
The minority report: Murder is pre determined rather than them having free will at the time.
The handmaids tale:
Conclusion: In conclusion control through language is…