21st September 2018

Significant connections.

Minority Report was released in 2002 and is a dystopian film set in a state run by a corrupt police force,called the Pre-crime unit.  In Minority Report directed by Steven Spielberg, a symbolic image which is constantly being referred to is the eye.  In dystopian texts such as Minority Report the symbol of the eye is generally present in some way,shape of form, and eludes to the idea of being watched/surveillance.

The idea of symbolic images such as the eye carry over into the novel Nineteen Eighty Four, which is written by George Orwell.  This book was published in 1949 and is a dystopian novel set in the future.  symbolism of the eye is mentioned through Big Brothers posters which is constantly being referenced to, with the words of “Big Brother is watching you”running under the poster.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
”War is peace freedom is slavery ignorance is strength”   
One of the main mind control programs of the party was called double think,  this meant getting society to preserve two contradictory beliefs as correct .  Mind control was just another tool used to suppress individuality and control the state .  This quote is comparing two opposites to be the same thing.  While war isn’t peace, we wage war for peace.  “freedom is slavery” this entails that there is no such thing as freedom as we are all slaves to society,Who knows right now we might be slaves to society without even knowing it.  It also deters the subjects/citizens of air strip one from seeking freedom.   “ignorance is strength”  this part of the party’s slogan encourages citizens to believe what they are told and not to think for themselves.  This allowed the party to control what people were thinking and when they were thinking it.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Another quote in the novel nineteen eighty four that eludes to control of state is “Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought” this is used by George Orwell to explain that by controlling/ limiting the words available to think and express your self with, makes thought crime virtually impossible as the words to display your feelings are no longer words.  Thought crime is just as dangerous as crime if not more dangerous, this is because thought crime can be noticed through the subtilist of motions and sometimes you don’t even know your doing it.

2+2=5 is a Radio head song, which was written inspired by “1984” which highlights the idea that with modern technology we  are trading our freedom for ignorance.  2+2=5 is the title of the song and it is very for telling

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  1. Chapter VI:

    “He thought of a man whom he had passed in the street a few weeks back: a quite ordinary-looking man, a Party member, aged thirty-five or forty, tallish and thin, carrying a briefcase. They were a few metres apart when the left side of the man’s face was suddenly contorted by a sort of spasm. It happened again just as they were passing one another: it was only a twitch, a quiver, rapid as the clicking of a camera shutter, but obviously habitual. He remembered thinking at the time: that poor devil is done for”


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