How Has Your Viewing Of Metropolis And Our Reading Of Nineteen Eighty Four Enhanced Your Understanding Of Conflict?

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Assessment Task 3 – English Advanced
How has your viewing of Metropolis and your reading of Nineteen Eighty-Four enhanced your understanding of conflict?
Conflict is the ultimate cause of a loss of individualism. It is used as a weapon to promote power and retain control, whilst simultaneously suppressing individual thoughts and emotions out of fear of negative repercussions. The definitive expression of the above concepts in Fritz Lang’s 1927 film Metropolis and George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four enables the audience to experience two separate yet similar totalitarian societies, in which external and internal conflict is utilised to disbar individualism.
Conflict is used as a weapon in a totalitarian society to maintain power and control. In order for totalitarian governments to succeed, the masses must be oppressed to ensure they conform to the dominant values of their society. In Metropolis there is a direct Biblical reference to the powerful Tower of Babel. This monumental high-rise building, is a symbol of dominance, and utilises its panoptic view of the entire city to power and supremacy. This imposing building is a public, visual symbol of authority which succeeds in oppressing masses of society through its constant daunting surveillance, which is then used as a tool to eliminate uprising contradictions or discrepancies. Capitalist authorities utilised this tower to adopt a commanding status by physically elevating themselves to a point where they are

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