Module A: Elective 2
Sample Response: Metropolis and Nineteen Eighty-Four
Response by: Cameron Malcher
(adapted from 2014 HSC)
Rebellion and revolution are ideas which connect Metropolis and Nineteen Eighty-Four. How do these two texts from different contexts reflect changing perspectives on this idea?
What it requires
Both texts are connected by an exploration of rebellion and revolution that have direct relevance to the composers and their audiences.
Compare and contrast the similarities and differences of the way each text portrays rebellion and revolution, taking into account context, audience, language and textual form.
Prescribed texts: Metropolis (1929), directed by Fritz Lang (film) Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)…show more content…
Through this activity, Winston introduces us to Doublethink, the ability to hold two contradictory ideas in your head while guiding yourself to believe the one that best fits the principles of Ingsoc, the party doctrine. To even doubt or question Ingsoc is dubbed ‘thoughtcrime’, and pursued ruthlessly by the thought police.
Contextual links reinforce thesis
Comparison of set texts and concluding statement link back to thesis
In a policy reminiscent of the great purges of Stalinist Russia or the Night of the Long Knives in Hitler’s Nazi Party, anyone accused of thoughtcrime is ‘disappeared’ in the night and presumed executed or vaporised. Unlike the clearly divided social classes of Metropolis, the climate of fear in totalitarian London, coupled with the ever-present eye of Big Brother through the telescreens and the slogan ‘Big Brother is Watching You’, encourages people to oppress themselves, as people live in fear of being accused, falsely or otherwise, and executed.
Topic sentence establishes commonality between texts before focusing on specific text
Brief synopsis, introducing biblical allusions
Detailed analysis of imagery and symbolism showing different perspectives linked to thesis
Concluding statement links to next paragraph
While both texts explore the idea of rebellion and revolution against such oppressive regimes, neither provides a single-sided view of the