Essay about Little Brother

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Analytical Essay- Little Brother
Power Corrupts

Decisions taken by entities of higher power, only cause panic and uneasiness between the people affected. In Cory Doctorow’s novel, Little Brother, the government does not approve of those who decide to defy control and think for themselves. The actions taken by the DHS after the Bay Bridge bombing create feelings of terror amongst the citizens of San Francisco.

Over the course of the story, the DHS takes precautionary measures that contribute to the mental trauma of the citizens. To begin with, Marcus is feeling unsafe in the place he considered his safe-spot, this develops a serious case of paranoia and, causing doubt in his mind.
When Marcus is released from capture he
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Despite the fact that the general is in a respected position, his own people dishonourdishonor him, this video and his scars will haunt him for the rest of his life. Last, the DHS does not care about the peoplespeople’s health, they will do anything to get what they want, including different types of physical torture. Marcus is held in captivity and tortured by the DHS again, “Her voice reeled me in. ‘You get struck down like this, and we pour water over your head, up your nose and down your mouth. You can’t suppress the gag reflex. They call it a simulated execution, and from I can tell from this side of the room, that’s a fair assessment. You won’t be able to fight the feeling that you’re dying.’…. That was it, real torture.” (344). The cruel treatment that Marcus has been given without authorization, displays that the DHS does not care about breaking laws and have gotten out of control by putting actions such as attempt of murder under the name of ‘safety’.
The way the DHS handles situations with physical torture, creates panic as well as trauma.

The treatment given from the DHS to the citizens of San Francisco have all been experiences where entities whothat work under the name of safety have created terror and havoc amidst their citizens. As displayed through many cases of paranoia throughout the story, the DHS has no care for the mental trauma that their citizens have been put through. The abusive physical treatment given