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Theme of Oppression and Cruelty

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Danielle Hill | 30 comments Mod
This is a place for you to discuss how the themes of oppression and cruelty appear in the books you are reading. What exactly are you seeing in your novel? (You can be vague! You don't want to ruin the book for someone who hasn't read it before.) How are your characters reacting? What are your personal thoughts? Don't forget to tell us what book you are reading.

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Joy McCravy | 4 comments In Wicked, there is trouble in Oz: the fight for Animal rights is on going. Animals (not animals) have been restricted from all forms of public transportation and are no longer allowed to work except on farms. The Animals are being oppressed and it seems Elphaba is the only human who cares.

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Emma Lawson | 1 comments A Clockwork Orange
In A Clockwork Orange they are living in a futuristic world where there is no freedom. Criminals are everywhere and violence is taking over the night. People are beaten for saying how they feel and acting certain ways.

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Graeme R | 4 comments In Confessions of an Economic Hitman, author John Perkins describes his experience as an economic consultant at Chas T. Main, an engineering and power generation firm subcontracted with the Central Intelligence Agency. For the record, all the information in the novel is factual and is really occurring in the real world right now. On the theme of cruelty and oppression, the chapter I most recently concluded discussed an Iranian man, who is left anonymous, who worked as an "adviser" for the Shah of Iran. The man, referred to only as Doc, had his nose cut off for dishonoring the Shah. That seems very cruel. The theme also applies to the book in general, not just one chapter. The entire premise of the book is that the CIA uses economic consultants to recommend infrastructure projects to the leaders of foreign countries. The idea behind that is that should the foreign nation agree to the project, the consulting company, like MAIN, charges exorbiant interest rates and, long story short, indebts the foreign country to the consulting company, like MAIN, which indirectly financially enslaves the country to the CIA, and in turn, the United States Federal Government. Perkins provides anecdotal and written evidence claiming that should the leaders of foreign nations refuse to accept the loans for the infrastructure projects, the CIA sends in people called "jackals" ie hitmen, to assassinate the leaders. For example, see the President of Peru who was killed in a CIA car bombing and the former democratically elected President of Iran who was killed and replaced with the autocratic Shah, the man who tortured his own people and advisers. The scariest thing about this book is that all of this actually happened.

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Ashley Davis | 2 comments In Dragon Champion, Auron is separated from his sister and captured by elves and dwarves. They tie him up in leather bands and put him into a cage. They talk about how they'll cut him up and sell his hide and bones. They aren't gentle with him or the other dragon hatchlings they have in cages. Dragons are hunted by the hominid races, and their hatchlings are either captured and sold, or raised in captivity. Dragons are on the verge of extinction because of how the hominids treat them

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Alex Stasinski | 1 comments I'm reading catching fire and haven't read much of it yet. So far the book shows that there is overall a lot of oppression still against the public unless you live in the capitol. Katniss the main character is still oppressed even after winning the hunger games because she still has little freedom to go where she wants and was payed a visit by Mr. Snow. He was very cruel toward her in the way that he threatened to kill her friend Gale and take away her family.

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Hunter Warren | 2 comments In the Child 44 it takes place in Russia during the Soviet Union. The book shows how if a person is to go against the government or do anything outside of your job then the government takes action and places any person in prison no matter the rank the story states that, "we have a whole section of our prisons dedicated to people who arrived a half an hour late to work." this shows how strict and cruel government is placing people in prison just for simple violations.

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Lauren Noe | 4 comments In Finding My Shine, as Nastia prepare for the Olympics, many reporters say she has already hit her peak, should no be on the Olympic team, and is a has been. Nastia has to push these comments aside and believe that she is better than what her competitors and and reporters are saying about her. Additionally, when Nastia is on Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) lots of fans and judges alike criticized her for her facial expressions. She argues that in gymnastics she had been told to show no emotion and now she is told she has to show emotion. Nastia grew up in the spotlight and has always had people being cruel to her on every aspect of her life, but has been able to overlook them and be confident in herself.

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Luke R | 3 comments In the hunger games the theme of oppression is shown by the poverty in district 12. Also oppression is seen by the process of picking tributes for the games. This is the capitals way of oppressing the districts.

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Sydney Pecoul | 5 comments I am reading 1984, and I am about halfway through it, so I honestly don't know how it will turn out. But George Orwell very clearly illustrates the oppressive society, and it's parallels to both our modern society and communism. In 1984, the castes are so strict that it is impossible to navigate through them; the penalty for trying to do so is disintegration. Also in this oppressive society, even going home a different path than normal can leave you subject to any number of punishments, from jail time to disintegration. You cannot freely marry in this society, and you are scrutinized over what you buy. The controllers of the society, Big Brother, even changes newspapers to erase people from the past once they have been disintegrated, jeopardizing the right of free speech that we so dearly cling to today.

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