Essay about The Utopian Pieces, By Terry Gilliam

1633 Words Oct 28th, 2015 7 Pages
Utopian pieces, more often than not, emphasize a healthy environment in their idealistic societies. On the contrary, dystopian themed texts focus on a more restricted atmosphere to pound supremacy over individuals of the community. The environment is a fundamental aspect in differentiating a utopia from a dystopia; where the atmosphere can be represented by joyful vicinity; or shown through a milieu of terror. This same approach is employed by many authors and directors such as George Orwell in his post-apocalyptic text Nineteen Eighty-Four. The novel portrays a civilization harmed physically and mentally by a totalitarian figure known as Big Brother; acting as a figure used to deprive of their freedom. Similar methods are used in Brazil (1985) directed by Terry Gilliam, in which the protagonist Sam Lowry seeks to escape from the elongated procedures each citizen is required to follow to get anything finished. In recent years, the environment has become a publically recognized debacle putting innocent communities in danger, seen primarily in "A Struggle to Survive" by Elisabeth Rosenthal. The Kamayura people of Brazil are unable to contemplate the drastic climate changes disrupting their homes. The citizens residing within all three works are suppressed by their environment, ultimately disabling any chance of a successful rebellion.

Firstly, an atmosphere of restraint shown by Orwell, Gilliam, and Rosenthal allows no escape for the citizens within their societies; this…

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