George Bonanno

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  • A Cultural Comparison: 2 + 2 = 5 By Radiohead

    Comparison: “2 + 2 = 5” by Radiohead For many centuries, art has been a medium through which writers and musicians have chosen to express their political views and opinions on the world around them. One of the world’s most celebrated political writers, George Orwell, strongly influenced culture, including music, with his dystopian novel 1984. The 80s English alternative rock band, Radiohead, was inspired by the book’s commentary on what the world will look like in the future and wrote a song…

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  • Aldous Huxley And Octavia Butler's Brave New World And Kindred

    For more than a thousand years, writing has been used to communicate ideas and inspire people to think differently. In their respective novels, Brave New World and Kindred, Aldous Huxley and Octavia Butler both argue that reading and writing can cause rebellion from a dissatisfied group through the spread of ideas and information. The authors do this by creating leaders that deprive a group of people of reading and writing in order to maintain control over them, having the protagonists use…

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  • Social Commentary In Fahrenheit 451, By Ray Bradbury

    Fahrenheit 451 is one of the many books that is injected with multiple instances of social commentary in which Ray Bradbury critiques the citizens and their home society. Most of which refer to the censorship the government imposes on the society and their people. The citizens have been brainwashed to destroy all of their community’s past. This is evident when we see that firemen are completely different than what we know today and what they were in the past. Firemen are now trained to light…

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  • What Is The Theme Of Punishment And Punishment In The Handmaid's Tale

    Empowerment and disempowerment using the gaze is manifested as one of the fundamental themes in George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) as well as Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (1985). Written soon after the Second World War, Nineteen Eighty-Four was a novel which portrayed the experiences of Winston Smith, the protagonist and other significant characters who are bound to live within a totalitarian regime in which the powerful forces are punishment and fear. The Handmaid’s…

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  • Symbolism In Cannery Row

    Cannery Row criticizes the ideal American society and its elements of Christianity through the caricature of a typical American industrial town and its most distinctive citizens. In the process of describing Mack and the Boys’ attempt to throw a party for Doc, the novel introduces us to characters that seem like outcasts in Monterey but play a significant role in expressing the overall anti-establishment commentary of the novel. Doc plays a fatherly role in the Monterey community. He seems like…

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  • The Maze Runner Analysis

    In this paper, the texts “1984” by George Orwell and “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner will be compared and analysed, in specific the language and stylistic features used to portray the different perspectives on the ideas of oppression and helplessness. The point of view of “Big Brother” and the theme of higher power are vastly used in both of these texts, along with both the conforming and rebelling point of views, all of which will be examined in this paper. In both novels, “1984” and “The…

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  • Totalitarianism In Anthem, By Ayn Rand And 1984

    Rand, and 1984, by George Orwell. Both books tell the struggle between the ideas of maintaining free will and hope in a harsh and oppressive government setting. While both authors would agree about the negative consequences totalitarianism brings, and that there will always be people who challenge the ideas behind a totalitarian government. The two authors would argue as if people could actually successfully overthrow a totalitarian government. With Ayn Rand supporting it, and George Orwell…

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  • Abuse Of Power In Toni Morrison's Beloved

    Whether it be as individuals, as a society, or as a species, we strive to gain power. We gain personal power when we have confidence in ourselves and our ideas, we gain power over others when a political party wins a majority in an election, and we gain power over the rest of the biosphere in our endeavors to conquer and tame the wildlife around us. That being said, when one abuses the power they are given, others suffer. In Toni Morrison’s Beloved, we see the power of white people and slave…

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  • Historical Accuracy In The Patriot

    Since the beginning, movies have always been extremely influential on society. They can be captivating, emotional, or even historical. The Patriot is just one of the many examples of a historical film. Mel Gibson plays Benjamin Martin, a simple man of South Carolina, who joins the American Revolution when the British attempt to take his farm away from him. Benjamin and his son Gabriel rally together in a militia to protect their land from the British. This film’s historical accuracy has its ups…

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  • Blind Obedience Vs. Rebellion In 1984 By George Orwell

    In 1984, a dystopian novel written by George Orwell, the oppressive government known as “Big Brother” used an assortment of techniques like surveillance and manipulation to keep the lower classes adhering. The highest class, formally known as the Party, implements and enforces the rules to the lowest class – the Proles. Life was monotonous for the lower classes, while the upper class was privileged and enjoyed much happier lives. Throughout the story, Orwell employs a variety of literary devices…

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