QUOTES!!! “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.” “If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.” “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.” […]

An integral theme in the four texts I studied, all connected by the dystopian genre, is how far people will go to maintain order in society, even at the cost of free will and the ability to make choices for oneself. The texts are A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, the film […]

The environment. A can of worms in this global warming focused day and age. Everyone seems to have plenty of thoughts on it. Now, before the facts are laid out, let’s clarify: those people who hippies think hate the environment really don’t. On the contrary, many of them love it. Why else would so many […]

We were born with instincts for survival. We have been made to do whatever we can to thrive throughout history. So it’s only natural that we make use of all resources available. And nothing actually bad is happening to us or the planet we live on. There’s a whole lot of hot air about this […]

Morumbi, which had its own set of rules, was separated from Jardin by a fence. The physical fence itself wasn’t much of a barrier, and Michael, who was only 11, frequently scaled it to head to the superior quality kick-around spot with his friends. Instead, the real obstacles against the lower class entering the posh […]

1) Rolling over and trying to turn my alarm off. Very unco. Got it 4th go. It’s a pleasant musical sound, so easy to leave and keep sleeping. 2) Staggering to the shower. I actually kind of enjoy the freezing cold dash from my room to the shower. Helps the wake up process. 3) Packing […]

1984 by George Orwell is arguably the first piece of dystopian fiction to truly influence the world. It served as a warning against Communism, Fascism and the necessity of not smothering individual thought. In fact, it still holds relevance today, and is regaining popularity again, topping bestseller lists as people realise what an ominous warning […]

George Orwell’s 1984 is more than a work of fiction. It is a dire warning. Explore the means by which Orwell reaches through the decades and grabs us by the neck: what is he trying to tell us? Action Points: Phase 1- Research Make a decision about what aspect of 1984 is relevant to today. […]

Theme- Breaking down of social fabric using the indoctrination of children. Parsons- working class Party advocate sent to the Ministry of Love (effectively prison). Denounced by his 7 year old daughter for sleep talking. “‘Down with Big Brother!’ Yes I said that! Said it over and over again it seems. Between you and me, old […]