Oppression, Xenophobia And Dystopia

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Many humans have aspired to create a utopia, the perfect society. Sir Thomas More, a noted Renaissance humanist, developed the word utopia. Though, many dystopias have emerged from utopias. Oppression is another predicament which exists in the world. Humans have oppressed each other for centuries and it continues to happen to this day. Xenophobia is another issue which exists in the world. Xenophobia is the hate towards foreign people. Many works have been influenced by oppression, xenophobia and dystopia around the world. In District 9 and Darkness at Noon, oppression, dystopia, and xenophobia are key themes which appear across these works to show the imperfections of human governing.
Oppression is a complication the human race is not proud
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Rubashov explains the situation, but the workers are outraged. They do not comply with Rubashov and the party disowns them, stating the Belgium authorities will arrest them. Afterwards, Little Loewy took his life, “A week later, Little Loewy hanged himself. The facts were simple, there was no way out.” (Koestler 69). This piece of evidence proves that Little Loewy faced oppression as the party does not give them support; they are oppressed so they would not be able to speak out against the party’s head, No. 1 (presumed to be Joseph Stalin, though a name is not mentioned in the book). Though Darkness at Noon is a fictional novel based around real history, oppression also occurs in the sci-fi film, District 9. In the movie, an alien ship appears over Johannesburg, South Africa, and the government decides to allow the aliens live on a settlement called District 9. In the beginning, the main character, Wikus van de Merwe, is accompanied by soldiers attempting to make the aliens sign a contract making them to leave District 9 and settle in another government-controlled area outside of Johannesburg. If they do not comply, they are killed, or put in jail. A …show more content…
Rubashov is a part of the Bolshevik revolution which overthrew the king and was supposed to establish a democratic system. However, this never happens as No. 1 took power and became the dictator. Since the Bolsheviks failed to create the socialist utopia, it quickly turned into a dystopia. He created an artificial famine that killed millions in the Ukraine as well as trying the quick route to industrialize caused even more deaths (Koestler 53). In addition, No. 1 created his own secret police, the NKVD, which virtually acted as the Gestapo. Moreover, He put false allegations on Rubashov for betraying and conspiring against the party in which he is then executed. The Bolsheviks tried to create a utopia and in turn, they created a totalitarian dystopia as a result of their inability to establish a democratic government. Darkness at Noon described one of the worst dystopias that has ever existed, however District 9 is an accurate representation of a more recent dystopia which has occurred, known as apartheid. As mentioned before, the aliens in the movie are living in a slum known as District 9 which is the aliens’ dystopia. In the movie, the aliens are living in trash and are treated as second-class citizens. They are living in shacks made of rusted metal and they do not have any basic infrastructure, plumbing, or electricity. Furthermore, there are constant battles

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