Classic Text to Contemporary Issue (Humanities)

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The Individual in Society: Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird with an article on Black Lives Matter

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The essay will be presented to fellow peers along with the PowerPoint and a 1pg response to fellow classmate’s presentation.

1.) the work of fiction or non-fiction you chose (primary source)

2.) the article you chose (secondary source)

3.) your thesis/ main point/ core idea (how 1 and 2 above connect)

4.) the timeless, universal messages related to the human experience as evidenced in 1 and 2

Lastly, a 1pg written response to fellow classmate’s PowerPoint presentation.

Please write a response to the summery and PowerPoint outline provided below:

My capstone presentation focuses on the mental health impact of totalitarian regimes. I use the classic book, 1984 by George Orwell, and the scholarly research of Riadh T. Abed of the Rotherham District General Hospital in the U.K. to examine the similarities.

This relates to our studies on the importance of developing individualism.


Tyranny and Mental Health

– Article outlines the mental health problems of those living under totalitarian governments.

– The problem deserves the “attention of health professionals, given the widespread and devastating effects tyrannical regimes can have on the lives of their victims” (Abed pars. 1).

– The article documents the effects of the rule of Saddam Hussein on the people of Iraq. The regime of Saddam Hussein “engaged in political assassinations of its opponents, detention without trial…ethnic cleansing…and by 1977, civil society ceased to exist” (Abed pars 13).

– Connection:

> The characteristics of totalitarian regimes as outlined by Riadh T. Abed are compared to those experienced by Winston Smith in Nineteen Eighty-Four. The goal is to reveal some of the mental struggles many around the world face today. In the novel, Winston struggles to find his voice, to find a sense of self, to be an individual. Both the novel and the article show the mental toll this takes on an individual.

– Similarities:

> Tyranny and Mental Health

* “Totalitarian regimes remove protection for the individual from the state” (Abed, pars. 6)

* Totalitarian regimes “destroy trust between individuals by rendering every citizen a potential informer” (Abed, pars. 7)

* Totalitarian regimes use “terror as a routine instrument of governance” (Abed, pars. 6).

* Totalitarian regimes must have a “condition of continuous internal or external war against real and imaginary enemies” (Abed, pars. 10).

* Totalitarian regimes perpetuate a state of “misery and deprivation” (Abed, pars. 8).

* Totalitarian regimes oppress citizens by removing “autonomous decision- making and action in whole areas of life” (Abed, pars. 6).

> Nineteen Eighty-Four

* Winston purchases a diary from a junk shop. He hides from the all-seeing telescreen and writes his thoughts, “Down with Big Brother” (Orwell 19).

* Winston fears his neighbor’s children who are training as junior Spies for the Party. At first, he fears Julia, “She may be an agent of the Thought Police”(Orwell 11).

* Winston is eventually arrested and tortured for seven years. He snaps at the threat of rats eating the flesh on his face.

* Winston is constantly trying to figure out what countries Oceania is at war with at the moment (Orwell 181).

* The novel has numerous references to the sights and smells of food. Winston and Julia enjoy food purchased on the black market.

* The Party seeks to eliminate the need for the love relationship between men and women in marriage. The Party’s eventual goal is to produce children entirely through artificial insemination.

– Why Should I Care About This?

> Millions of people in other countries live under the oppression of totalitarian regimes

> Those who escape may suffer from “posttraumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety” (Shin, et al pars. 2)

> We should speak out for those who do not have a voice.

> We should value our rights, vote, and participate in our government.

– Works Cited

Image Big Brother

Image George Orwell. 1940,_c._1940.jpg#filehistory

Image Hands

A Civic Duty: Students Want Schools to Teach Citizenship

Image Riadh T. Abed.

Abed, Riadh T. “Tyranny and Mental Health.” British Medical Bulletin, vol. 72, no. 1, 2004, pp. 1-13. ProQuest, 676?accountid=12280.

Feder, Lillian. “Selfhood, Language, and Reality: George Orwell’s ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four.’” The Georgia Review, vol. 37, no. 2, 1983, pp. 392– 409. JSTOR, Accessed 19 June 2020.

Shin, Hyun-Young, et al. “Mental Health and Its Associated Factors Among North Korean Defectors Living in South Korea: A Case-Control Study.” Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, vol. 28, no. 7, 2016, pp. 592–600. JSTOR, Accessed 19 June 2020.

Orwell, George. 1984. Harcourt, Brace & World, 1949.

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