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1984 or 2084?

1)The biggest thing I have found while researching is that an Americans privacy is almost nonexistent. First with the Internet, a person should be able to look at anything on the Internet and not be monitored. A person can do whatever they want but google still can memorize the websites you have been on. Then an American has no privacy from their government. We have certain rights as citizens but the government walks right through them with acts like the Patriot Act. This allows the government to watch people with no real reason to be watching them. Another thing that was surprising that employers using social media sites to check out an employee. This is public to everyone  but an employer shouldn’t judge a person by a single profile picture or post.


2)The topics relate to the novel because they show how our privacy is invaded just like Winston was in the novel. In the novel Winston was constantly being watched by the government with tele-screens and other technology. The topic of the Patriot Act is showing how our government is starting to take away our privacy just like Winston’s was. Winston also was constantly influenced by the propaganda posters of Big Brother. This relates to today’s world because of all the advertisement in radio, tv, and signs. Whether a person knows it or not these advertisements effect their lives, just like Winston.


3)The topics have definitely opened my eyes on how much technology has increased and is taking over our lives. Also how much privacy has vanished, everything is public these days. Seeing this really makes me wonder if there is any privacy at all, with people watching through a webcam, trash cans tracking what you throw away, and motion detectors that can detect what room you are in. The question is at what point are we  taking this too far? Yeah these things might help us but when do they start hindering us by invading our privacy.

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Posted by on December 2, 2012 in Beyond 1984



Utopian and Dystopian Literature

Utopian Literature:
Dystopian Literature:

Dystopia- (n) An imaginary place or state in which the condition of life is extremely bad, as from deprivation, oppression, or terror.


Dystopian literature is a genre of fictional writing used to explore social and political structures in ‘a dark, nightmare world.’ The term dystopia is defined as a society characterized by poverty, squalor or oppression and the theme is most commonly used in science fiction and speculative fiction genres.

 Characteristics of Dystopian Literature:

• Propaganda is used to control the citizens of society.

• Information, independent thought, and freedom are restricted.

• A figurehead or concept is worshipped by the citizens of the society.

• Citizens are perceived to be under constant surveillance.

• Citizens have a fear of the outside world.

• Citizens live in a dehumanized state.

• The natural world is banished and distrusted.

• Citizens conform to uniform expectations. Individuality and dissent are bad.

• The society is an illusion of a perfect utopian world.

Examples of Dystopian Literature:

George Orwell’s 1984

Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451

William Golding’s Lord of the Flies

Utopian Literature


a. often Utopia An ideally perfect place, especially in its social, political, and moral aspects.
b. A work of fiction describing a utopia.
2. An impractical, idealistic scheme for social and political reform.

Animal Farm

A Clockwork Orange

The Hunger Games Trilogy

Fahrenheit 451

City of God


The Fifth Sacred Thing

Other Book Covers for Utopia


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Posted by on October 30, 2012 in Thomas More's Utopia


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When a person thinks of an epic hero, Odysseus is usually the first one that comes to mind. He makes up who an epic hero is. Odysseus is the main character of the Odyssey which is written by Homer.

The Epic Journey

Odysseus starts off in the book leaving Ithaca to go to fight in Troy. He is warned by the gods that he will not see his family again for a long time. Ignoring this he leaves for Troy to fight. This is the start of his long journey. He makes it to Troy without much problems or obstacles. The battle is hard and tough and Odysseus is credited with the winning factor of the battle, the Trojan horse. This is the part of the book when the epic journey really starts, the battle is now over and Odysseus has to travel back home to Ithaca. This journey should take a short time but ends up taking Odysseus 10 years.

During this journey on the way home he passes many challenges that would have killed most men. The journey starts off with Odysseus and his men getting blown off course by strong winds until they reach land where they are captured by a Cyclops. Odysseus uses his creativeness and blinds the Cyclops for them to escape. After this incident, Odysseus seems to travel home without almost any trouble, well almost, when reaching close enough to Ithaca to see the city a strong wind comes and blows Odysseus and his back away from their destination. These winds drive Odyssey and his men to Circe. This time the gods help Odysseus out with his challenge, Circe is known for her magic and Hermes gives Odysseus a drug so he is immune to it. He then overpasses this challenge and heads home skirting the island of Circe, here is where he encounters the Sirens. These women with beautiful voices attract men into close to the shores where they wreck. Odysseus being prepared again fills his men’s ears with wax so they cannot hear the woman’s voices.  This is Odysseus last challenge and he finally makes it home with the help of the Phaeacians mariners.

The Epic Hero

As the book tells, Odysseus is of superhuman strength, cunningness’, and is very noble. Which all make up the characteristics of an epic hero. Furthermore, he goes on a long Journey where he has to pass many challenges that would have killed most men. The gods also intervene many times in the journey, for example giving Odysseus the antidote for Circes magic. Odysseus is the perfect example of an epic hero, he fits all the specifications as a character and he also travels on the well known epic journey.

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Posted by on September 16, 2012 in Epic Heroes



CIVIL WAR By Charles Dawson Shanly

Charles Dawson Shanly (1811-1875)

“Rifleman, shoot me a fancy shot
Straight at the heart of yon prowling vidette;
Ring me a ball in the glittering spot
That shines on his breast like an amulet!”
“Ah, captain! here goes for a fine-drawn bead,
There’s music around when my barrel’s in tune!”
Crack! went the rifle, the messenger sped,
And dead from his horse fell the ringing dragoon.
“Now, rifleman, steal through the bushes, and snatch
From your victim some trinket to handsel first blood;
A button, a loop, or that luminous patch
That gleams in the moon like a diamond stud!”

“O captain! I staggered, and sunk on my track,
When I gazed on the face of that fallen vidette,
For he looked so like you, as he lay on his back,
That my heart rose upon me, and masters me yet.

“But I snatched off the trinket–this locket of gold;
An inch from the centre my lead broke its way,
Scarce grazing the picture, so fair to behold,
Of a beautiful lady in bridal array.”

“Ha! rifleman, fling me the locket!–’tis she,
My brother’s young bride, and the fallen dragoon
Was her husband–Hush! soldier, ’twas Heaven’s decree,
We must bury him there, by the light of the moon!

“But hark! the far bugles their warnings unite;
War is a virtue,-weakness a sin;
There’s a lurking and loping around us to-night;
Load again, rifleman, keep your hand in!”

I choose this poem because it shows that brothers were fighting agiainst each other and sometimes people killed some of there own family. It is also found it interesting how the captian is not mad for the rifleman killing hs brother and tells him to keep his hand in. I also like how it substitutes the bullet for a messenger. The line “weakness is a sin” is true to everyone in every situaition so I find this poem to this poem relates to everyone. Every other line rhymes but it is not very catchy as I would suspect. It represents the mood of sad for killing there enemy bur proud of what there fighting for.

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Posted by on November 16, 2011 in Civil War Poetry



Kenyan Loyalty Pledge

I pledge my loyalty to the president and the nation of Kenya. My readiness and
duty to defend the flag of our republic. My devotion to the words of our
national anthem. My life and strength in the task of our nation’s building. In
the living spirit embodied in our national motto – Harambee! And perpetuated in
the Nyayo philosophy of peace love and unity

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Posted by on August 29, 2011 in Pledges