English Essay - 1984 (1 Viewer)


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Hi everyone! I was wondering if people could give me some feedback on which of these essay ideas they think would be most effective, I have no idea which one to decide!

Thesis Idea 1: Challenges that arise from the necessary interaction between the individual and the collective
Paragraph 1: Trying to hold onto one's individuality in uncertainty
Conflict 1984: The Party attempts to eradicate individuality by creating a uniform yet constantly changing past shared by the entire population. However, Winston can only gain further insight into the past by seeking out relationships with others.
Conflict The Handmaid's Tale: Knowledge of Gilead's past has been distorted to eradicate the individuality from past experiences. However, Offred cannot reconnect with her daughter without information from others.
Paragraph 2: Trying to preserve humanity when surrounded by savagery
Conflict 1984: The collective experience of the two minutes hate allows for the expression of repressed emotion, yet diminishes Winston's humanity as he indulges in primitive instinct.
Conflict The Handmaids Tale: The salvagings provide the basis for the unification of the handmaid's and resistance against oppression, however doing to threatens their individual safety.

Thesis Idea 2: The detrimental and beneficial aspects of memory and knowing the past
Paragraph 1: Emotional conflict brought by an uncertain past
Conflict 1984: Uncertainty inhibits Winston's ability to critique the present, yet allows him to retain humanity through the memories of individual relationships
Conflict The Handmaid's Tale: Not knowing the whereabouts of her daughter brings emotional suffering to Offred yet provides comfort through her memories.
Challenge: The struggles that arise when the past is distorted
Conflict 1984: Struggle to retain individuality in a society where the past is artificial and uniform
Conflict The Handmaid's Tale: Struggle to retain individuality when the past has been perverted

Thesis Idea 3: The struggle to maintain individuality when stifled by societal uniformity
Challenge: Distortion of the past by governing bodies
Conflict 1984: Destruction of individuality through a uniform past, and the struggle to maintain identity through indulgence in memory.
Conflict The Handmaid's Tale: Perversion of the past through the neglect of the positive aspects of humanity, and Offred's desperation to find solace in the remaining fragments of human connection remaining in history.
Challenge: Control and unification of human autonomy
Conflict for both texts: Eradication of physical self-expression by distorting the sexual act, and reclamation of sexuality as a form of rebellion.
Conflict for both texts: Segregation between peoples and unification of groups through clothing, and how individuals find liberation in physical self-expression.


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