1984, By George Orwell, The Handmaid's Tale, By Margaret Atwood, And Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 Show Fear As A Way Individuals Dominate Over Other Populace

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Essay"Fear is a tool by which a dictator can seemingly become your friend" (Dr. Phil). This quotation signifies the advantage gained by dictators that control through fear. They are able to maintain the pretense of being a friend to those in fear because those in fear crave protection. Those in control can provide it. In the books 1984, by George Orwell and The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, control through fear is demonstrated repeatedly through fear of the Aunts in The Handmaid's Tale and fear of other authority in 1984. This fear that each respective society feels has been taken advantage of by the dictators of the region for their own benefits. Michael Moore's documentary, 9/11 displays George Bush as a man who takes unnecessary precautions as a scheme to invoke fear into the citizens of USA in order to maintain a rigid control over them. What Bush had done is called lying to his country, about what the real situation at hand was. Discrimination is also a prominent ploy employed by dictators to maintain a rigid control over their region. Discrimination may be seen as an example to others as to what not to do, to remain in the superior race. The proles for example in 1984 were discriminated again and served a key purpose to the Party's infallible control over Oceania. Control over a specified populace is effectively implemented in many circumstances, by means of appealing to one's fears.An effectual ruse exploited by dictatorships across the world in order to exercise control over the populace concerned, is fear of authority. The rulers feel that by manufacturing a feared reputation for its officers or other means of authority, they can induce fear within the populace and force them into obedience. In the book, The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, Aunts are a form of authority. Their duty is to instruct the Handmaids in formal education and their duties in their life. They also have the power to discipline, a way of maintaining their feared reputation. "…What I am seeing is Moira's feet, the way they looked after they'd brought her back. Her feet did not look like feet at all. They looked like drowned feet, swollen and boneless, except for the color. They looked like lungs" (Atwood 114). Moira, a handmaid has undergone torture, at the hands of the Aunts, for some misdemeanor she committed. Her feet were damaged quite extensively as revealed in this quotation "looked like drowned feet, swollen and boneless except for the color. They looked like lungs". The damage done to Moira's feet is important because it is part of the feared reputation the Aunt's have in order to force the Handmaid's to obey. What was done to her feet is torture and Moira is an example to the rest of the Handmaids as to what will be inflicted upon them, if any of them commit a misdemeanor. Fearful of the consequences to delinquency, the Handmaid's have no choice but to fall prey to the Aunt's infallible control through fear. Another method of controlling a...

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