5 page history paper. MLA format. Based off George Orwells novel “1984”, exploring the depiction of totalitarian arts of power. Should focus on two themes, analyzing the themes. Compare also to Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, material on executions under queen Elizabeth, modernity, and the “power of the powerless”. Can also use the pictures included to help with analysis. Also need a works cited page
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“The public execution is to be
understood not only as a judicial, but
also as a political ritual. It belongs,
even in minor cases, to the
ceremonies by which power is
Representing the Enemy
Religion, the Opium of
Stalin as “the sacred center of the Soviet cosmos” (Jan Plamper)
Fedor Shurpin, “Morning of Our Motherland”, 1948-9
Govorkov, “Stalin in
the Kremlin Cares
about Each One of
–1917: the Bolsheviks are “dark and evil”
–Late 1920s: “I have unconsciously become a socialist”
–October 1928: “I am watching what Russia, the Revolution,
‘Soviet Power’, etc. mean”; “I see the face of the people
who hold in their hands the red banner”
–1930: “I listened to the roaring of thousands of voices and
felt my union with them. This made my happy”
–May 1, 1931: “Yesterday—an evening meeting in the
barracks. Today—the demonstration. Exhaustion hampers
my feelings of joy. But more important is the sense of
merging with everybody who celebrated this day. All of
us…all the…institutes, the workers’ faculties and schools, all
the workers, all the Red Army soldiers, all of us—were one.
We all marched together—with the same songs and thoughts.
This time I did not see the ‘face of the people’, because I
myself was a part of it, I was a drop in the sea, I was forming
the ‘1st of May’, and wasn’t just an onlooker.”
Diary of Zinaida Denisevskaya
PRINCIPLES OF SOCIALIST REALISM
Art had to be directed towards the Proletariat and be relevant and comprehensible to
Art had to support the goals of the Soviet State and Communist Party.
Art should focus on ordinary, everyday life.
Art should be realistic not experimental.
Living within the lie
They need not accept the lie. It is enough for them
to have accepted their life with it and in it. For by
this very fact, individuals confirm the system, fulfill
the system, make the system, are the system.
In everyone there is some willingness to merge with
the anonymous crowd and to flow comfortably
along with it down the river of pseudo-life.
Living in truth
He has said [by this act] that the emperor is naked.
And because the emperor is in fact naked,
something extremely dangerous has happened: by
his action, the greengrocer has addressed the world.
Every free expression of life indirectly threatens the
post-totalitarian system politically, including forms
of expression to which, in other social systems, no
one would attribute any potential political
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