The Power of Fear Fear is a powerful thing. It can physically and mentally suppress a person, even when the desire to escape the fear is massive. Fear feeds off threat of pain and danger; off the uncertainty of what may lie ahead. But what is fear [19a]? Many see fear as the emotion a person feels when they recognize danger, but it is so much more. Fear is power . If someone fears you, you may control them with a threat or persuade them with a suggestion or even order them with your eyes [4a]. This is precisely what the government in George Orwell's novel 1984 does in order to control their citizens. The 1984 government, The Party, is totalitarian, which translates to complete governmental control. Because leading Party members can do whatever they please, surveillance and severe punishments for law breakers are widespread. Not only does the government directly survey its people, but indirectly through the use of loyal citizens who report disloyal comrades. The Party's constant surveillance makes its citizens fear the government and each other. This fear leaves them feeling unsafe wherever they go as well as make them unable to trust one another at the risk of being vaporized. This society run by fear not only shows the dismal side of totalitarianism with its people being restricted, but also reveals a lack of progression . Orwell uses 1984 as an opposition of using fear to govern as it does not only suppress individuals' ideas, freedom, and spirit, but because it suppresses the entire society from progressing. With everyone too afraid to go against their own government in fear of being harmed, no ideas other than those in charge may shape their society. People seldom watch what they say when their government values freedom of speech. The characters in 1984, however, are not so lucky. Constant surveillance by the Party forces the citizens of Oceania to restrict themselves. One of these methods of surveillance are the telescreens placed in each room, designed for continual, widespread watch. These telescreens are so severely monitored, even the most minuscule expression of disapproval towards the Party could get negative attention. For instance, while Winston is stretching during a Party enforced exercise routine in front of the telescreens, his mind wanders off, only to be jerked back by the commanding bark of the instructor: “6079 Smith W! Yes, you! Bend lower, please!” (34). Even amid the mundane practice of stretching, Party members like the instructor have their eyes on citizens like Winston to ensure they are doing exactly as the Party wishes. The malevolence in this is found in Winston's reaction to the attention: as “A sudden hot sweat” comes over him, he immediately warns himself to “Never show dismay! Never show resentment!” (34). The physical, fearful reaction he has to this tells the reader the Party is not looking for fit citizens, but for something else: compliance and obedience . Furthermore, this fear shows how the Party has the power over Winston to control his actions through threat of harm. Telescreens and Party members are not the only eyes the government has on its people. Ancillary surveillance comes from regular citizens. Everyone in Oceania knows when someone shows disloyalty towards the Party, it is policy to report the traitor in order to protect the government. In order to create truly loyal citizens who will turn in anyone, regardless of who they are, the Party must have malleable minds to impress their ideas upon. In other words, children . Get 'em while they are young, right? Children are corralled into a brainwashing organization called the Junior Spies, spending prime developing years being told the Ministries, the Party, and Big Brother are good. These children learn about the “glory” of their government, and how it is their duty as members of the society to help protect it. No one is off limits, not even family members. Just look at Parsons; picked up for thought crime,
Evil’s power over fear
People are controlled by fear. Actions and thoughts are warped by the things people fear and it can cause previously innocent minds to become corrupted and evil. In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Ralph sees the correct choices in front of him, but because he fears losing power and the safety of his own physical being, he is unable to prevent the collapse of his society. Similar to Ralph, In A Separate Peace by John Knowles Gene’s fear of being judged prevents him from…
Due; 16 October 2012
RISE OF FASCISM
The fears and frustrations of the Italian people at the end of The Great War enabled the Fascist Party to gain rapid support and power.
Disillusionment with war, frustration with weak democratic government and fear of communist revolution were the key conditions which allowed Mussolini’s fascist party to gain rapid support between 1919 and 1922. Benito Mussolini founded the Fascist Party in Italy in 1919. Within three…
As John Lennon once stated: fear and love are basically the two motivating forces behind humanity. Within these forces, certain concepts are implemented within them. These thoughts are explored in George Orwell’s allegorical novella Animal Farm. Propaganda is used to influence the attitudes of a community. The three dominant pigs use aspects of propaganda, empowered by the forces of fear and love to manipulate the other animals into their own decisions and thoughts, as Stalin, Marx and…
of evil to appeal to common fears allowing the government to get inside people’s mind and keep an image of communism that was hard to prove wrong in the minds of many.
The first way they did this was the plot lines of most of these movies, the lust for power. Taking control of the US and all other countries in the world and controlling them with an iron fist. Why taker this route? Because at the psychological definition of evil, evil is the exercise of power this power can allow them to hurt others…
July 16th 2012
Fear of Being Displaced in Hamlet
The quality in such plays that does shake us, however, derives from the underlying fear of being displaced, the disaster inherent in being torn away from our chosen image of what and who we are in this world. Among us today this fear is as strong, and perhaps stronger, than it ever was. In fact, it is the common man who knows this fear best. (Miller, 2).
close down borders.
2. Fear is instilled through education and becomes irrational.
3. Those who have knowledge in society have power (fear is a control
1. Camera looking out of house to outside.
Elders sitting in closed circle.
Tight camera angles as fear grows – threat closing in on borders.
2. Recurring motif of red as the 'bad colour'.
Noises from forest – sound convention. People at dinner table go silent.
3. Black boxes symbolise power.
Camera angles looking…
19 March 2014
Power Explained in Animal Farm
George Martin once said “Power resides only where men believe it resides. A shadow on the wall, yet shadows can kill. And often times a very small man can cast a very large shadow” (Goodreads, George R.R. Martin). This quote is an example of how power can corrupt a whole system even if only one man or animal does some action to change it. This concept is the same for the book Animal Farm because power in the story is used by the pigs…
ability to physically harm or kill another by various means. While fear may dissuade them temporarily, if two people ever desire the same thing, the natural consequence is war. Due to this selfish nature, he is unable to live in peace with others. He will always do whatever it takes to move ahead, simply because it is advantageous to him at that time. It is for this reason that a social contract is necessary, with a sovereign power to keep him in check. In Hobbes’ Leviathan, he outlines what this…
states that caused fear among the governed. One issue was the fear of large states who might be able to take over smaller states. Federalists were the ones to blame for splitting sovereign powers that weren’t delegated to the national government. The smaller states felt as if they had lost the power to govern themselves if a larger state took over. There was tension between the Anti-Federalists and Federalists that revolved mainly around the issues of representation, division of power, and individual…
The power of the human mind is remarkable. The emotions the mind creates influence the decisions and actions of individuals; these feelings can leads to one's success or one's failures. In William Shakespeare's Hamlet, the emotion of fear plays a significant role in the advancement of the plot through Hamlet's fear of the unknown, Claudius' fear of retribution, and Gertrude's fear of loneliness.
Due to the unpredictable outcome of the future, Hamlet fears taking action in the present. Through out…