The Party and the State in Literature
Compares "1984" (George Orwell) and the play "The Coffin is Too Big for the Hole" (Kuo Pao Kun), using Michel Foucault's "Power/Knowledge" as a springboard for discussion.
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Published on Oct 14, 2006 in Drama and Theater (World) , Literature (American) , Literature (World) , English (Analysis) , English (Comparison) , Philosophy (General)
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Using philosopher, Michel Foucault's "Power/Knowledge" as a lens, this essay discusses the striking similarities and subtle differences between the novel "1984" by George Orwell and the play "The Coffin is Too Big for the Hole" by Kuo Pao Kun.
From the Paper:"Just as the Panopticon and the society in The Coffin have the element of surveillance, Winston suffers a similar ordeal as the phrase "It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time" suggests. As mentioned by Foucault, "[a]ll that is needed is to put an overseer in the tower" (Foucault 147). Undeniably, Big Brother, the face on all posters and telescreens in Oceania, himself fits this role of a constant eye on the people, as evident for instance in the slogan "Big Brother is watching you" (Orwell 3)."
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