Comparing Tara Henleys 'Why Cults Captivate And 1984'

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In Tara Henley’s “Why Cults Captivate”, Henley refers to Matthew Remski’s idea of the classic cultic triad. According to Henley, “Remski probes the ‘classic cultic triad’: deception, dependence and dread of leaving”(“Why Cults Captivate”). This concept is a commonality between the modern-day North Korean country and George Orwell’s 1984. In Peter Yost’s “Inside North Korea”, journalist Lisa Lung delves into East Asian country North Korea and how it is controlled by tyrannical ruler Kim Jong Il. George Orwell’s 1984 is a dystopian novel where the protagonist attempts to rebel in a totalitarian society. While they have their respective differences, these two societies use similar forms of control in order to maintain power because they both deceive their citizens, force them to depend on the government, and instill fear at the idea of leaving the …show more content…
In North Korea, children are taught at a young age all about despising foreigners and devoting themselves to their leader, treating him as a godly being (Yost). On the other hand, in Orwell’s work, children demonstrate excitement for violence: “Some Eurasian prisoners, guilty of war crimes, were to be hanged in the park that evening.Children always clamored to see it”(24). Both Orwell and North Korea’s government illustrate how the children of their societies aren’t taught that violence is a grim concept. Citizens are taught from a young age who to hate, who to love, and what to believe. Therefore, North Korea’s government and the Party take away the right for people to create their own morals, and instead instill the desired beliefs early in life, ensuring the loyalty of the future generation and promising better control over their society. Moreover, North Korea’s government has absolute control over television, newspapers, and any media released to the public