Essay on Little Brother

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Analytical Essay- Little Brother
Power Corrupts

Decisions taken by entities of higher power, only cause panic and uneasiness between the people affected. In Cory Doctorow’s novel, Little Brother, the government does not approve of those who decide to defy control and think for themselves. The actions taken by the DHS after the Bay Bridge bombing create feelings of terror amongst the citizens of San Francisco.

Over the course of the story, the DHS takes precautionary measures that contribute to the mental trauma of the citizens. To begin with, Marcus is feeling unsafe in the place he considered his safe-spot, this develops a serious case of paranoia and, causing doubt in his mind.
When Marcus is released from capture he
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He trembled and squeezed his eyes shut.” (352). After being abused for many weeks, Darryl is broken inside as well as on the outside, he will forever remember all the hardships that he went through. Rather than the precautionary decisions helping the mental state of the citizens, they the DHS disturb the peace of the people.

Along with mental trauma, the DHS is also the cause of physical trauma inflicted upon the citizens. First, the DHS are is causing terror and physical pain amongst their own people by using harmful chemicals in order to prove their point. At the concert in Dolores Park, the DHS decides to show up, “Pepper spray. Not a hundred thousand Scovilles. A million and a half. They’d gassed the crowd. I didn’t see what happened next, but I heard it…. First the choking retching sounds…. Then coughing. Then screaming. The screaming went on for a long time.” (195-196). Rather than handling the issue in a civilized way, the DHS takes drastic measures and releases harmful chemicals that cause panic as well as pain on the crowd of all ages. Next, people in respected positions that stand up for their rights are getting physically injured and abused by those who want to keep the country safe.
Marcus watched helplessly as, “The DHS guy ran after the general…. three of the giant DHS guards slammed into him, knocking him sideways, then catching him at the middle, like a career-ending football tackle. The
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