Authoritarianism In The Norsefire

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BUENVENIDA, Raine / 11540354
ESTORES, Kate / 11518871
GREATWK A51 / December 13, 2017

PART I. Ideas
Briefly define and describe the following concepts:
Authoritarianism via Hannah Arendt

According to Arendt, authoritarianism is defined by its emphasis on constant movement, which dismisses the individuality of man by compelling him to become just a puppet in the grand show of history. Its essence is terror and the sole purpose of it is to tramp on the uniqueness and spontaneity of man.

Fascism and Norsefire

In Norsefire, fascism was reflected by how the military and the dictator (Adam Susan) controlled the society. The society was watched thoroughly through their actions and
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It is the total surrender of freedom to one single authority. In relation to the novel, similarities that can be seen are when the government controls and censors the availability of information to the citizens, when every movement of the citizens were watched, and they were dictated when and how to live their day to day lives. Moore mirrors the worldview of V for Vendetta to the whole concept of Fascism since it was evident how the society was controlled by the government, without the citizens even noticing. An example from the graphic novel would be how the people had curfew, the media was controlled, and the people abided to the strict military rules out of fear. In both cases, freedom is suppressed or, even, non existent to some extent because the people surrender it once they pledge allegiance to their leaders and live by the …show more content…
Remnants of democracy can still be found in the will and fear of the people. If the people of England did not remember or long for democracy, actions against the Norsefire government would not happen. Today, democracy is still very much relevant. Most countries have fought blood and sweat to get their freedom and that is something that the world values until today. It may not seem like it but people today enjoy the benefits and rights from democracy. Though not everyone are aware of it nor exercises it, our rights and liberties are always with us. Simple daily activities are manifestations of our rights, the fact that we can freely post and speak in public or private is one concrete example of it. And our mere existence right now, despite our differences, is also another proof that democracy is still relevant today because if we were in the 1940s, some of us would be unjustly killed over our

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