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Totalitarian Governments

How dystopian novels relate to past and present Totalitarian Regimes

Caitlin Plassenthal

on 13 May 2013

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Totalitarian Governments By Emily Novak and Caitlin Plassenthal Thesis Governments in popular dystopian novels relate to the power, economy, and propaganda of current and past totalitarian governments. THE HUNGER GAMES In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. The flooded coast of former Los Angeles. Two warring nations of North America—the Republic and the Colonies.

From different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother is murdered. And Day becomes the prime suspect. Now, caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival while June tries desperately to avenge her brother’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together and the sinister lengths their country will go to in order to keep its secrets. POWER A minor functionary names Winston Smith joins a covert brotherhood and pursues a forbidden love affair against the cold, gray backdrop of the Republic of Oceania - only to become a hunted enemy of the state... and of Big Brother, the figurehead of the Party. POWER POWER ECONOMY ECONOMY ECONOMY PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA COLLECTIVIZATION STRIKES AND PROTESTING Kosar PURGING AND CAMPS THE CAPITAL - PYONGYANG consolidate private farms into group enterprises
(http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/mwh/russia/stalincollectivisationrev1.shtml) THREE MAIN AREAS Ideological
Cultural CONTROL OVER EDUCATION Control over history taught
Exams reintroduced
Book censorship "In North Korea everyone is suspicious of everyone else, all the time. There are security spies in every work unit, but you never know who they are, or how many. And they spy on each other as well... The comrade you trust, the one who always comes to see you at your house in the evening, may very easily turn out to be a clever security agent." Hyok Kang (Behnke 62) SECURITY AND TERROR THOUGHT CONTROL Strict social hierarchy
History rewritten
Forbidden criticism
Propaganda WORKS CITED Becker, Jasper. Rogue Regime. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2005. Print.
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Salter, Christopher L. North Korea. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2003. Print. We have no intentions of taking over the world and do not agree with any of the methods or actions taken by these leaders. -"These people lie together with their dead friends in blue body bags, drinking coffee cups full of HOT snow." 99% collectivized by 1939
Government ran production
Government took 90% of production Conclusion Resolution One- Supreme Leader
Resolution Two- Collectivized Economy
Resolution Three- Complete Control over Media Aye=yes Nay=No
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