Abuse of Power in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four

Abuse of Power in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four

by Dedria Bryfonski


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Great literary works resonate with readers not only because of well-developed characters and plots, but also because they often reflect important social themes. The Social Issues in Literature series brings together the disciplines of sociology and literature in a unique format designed to support cross-curricular studies. Each volume explores a work of literature through the lens of the major social issue reflected in it, and features carefully-selected content representing a variety of perspectives. All volumes in the series contain biographical and critical information about the author; secondary excerpts offering both historical and contemporary views of the highlighted social issue; a timeline of the author's life; a "For Further Reading" section of other works on the issue; and a detailed subject index.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780737748062
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing
Publication date: 02/26/2010
Series: Social Issues in Literature Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

Chronology 15

Chapter 1 Background on George Orwell

1 The Life of George Orwell David Morgan Zehr 21

2 Orwell Sees No Contradiction Between Patriotism and Socialism George Orwell 37

3 Orwell Was Highly Principled V.S. Pirtchett 45

4 Orwell Was Morally Right on Major Issues Christopher Hitchens 49

Chapter 2 George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four and the Abuse of Power

1 Nineteen Eighty-Four Is Terrifying Because It Rings True Irving Howe 60

2 Nineteen Eighty-Four Depicts the Irrationality of Totalitarianism Alex Zwerdling 71

3 Nineteenth Eighty-Four Predicts the Downfall of Totalitarianism by the Working Class Richard J. Voorhees 85

4 In Nineteen Eighty-Four Absolute Compliance Is Demanded Alfred Kazin 90

5 Nineteen Eighty-Four Warns of the Post-World War II Threats to Personal Liberty Robert F. Gleckner 102

6 Nineteen Eighty-Four Is About the Misuse of Power Julian Symons 108

7 Nineteen Eighty-Four Promotes the Values of the Common People Stephen Ingle 115

8 Nineteen Eighty-Four Warns of the Dehumanization of Industrialism Erich Fromm 129

9 The Capitalist Past in Nineteen Eighty-Four Is Presented Positively Arthur Eckstein 143

10 Orwell's Private Nightmare Proved Prophetic T.R. Fyvel 154

11 Orwell Accused the Leftist Intelligentsia of Abuse of Power in Nineteen Eighty-Four John David Frodsham 161

Chapter 3 Contemporary Perspectives on the Abuse of Power

1 Islamic Totalitarianism Is Today's Version of Fascism Douglas Streusand 174

2 Autocracies Are Threatened by the Financial Crisis Joshua Kurlantzick 184

3 Wiretapping by the George W. Bush Administration Was Illegal and Should Be Investigated Patrick Radden Keefe 193

4 Technology Makes Surveillance More Prevalent Peter Funt 197

For Further Discussion 201

For Further Reading 202

Bibliography 203

Index 208

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