Orwell depicts a totally oppressive society and plays on his readers' fears of powerlessness and personal and collective experiences of oppression. His journalistic style is coupled with elements of 'literary naturalism' to represent a society that has been systematically debased and dehumanised. Even Winston holds little faith that the Proles will rise up and topple the regime.
The following 'Theatre Guides' for 'The Crucible' offer some excellent resources for the play. They focus on the play's 'dramatic' elements' and offer students a sense of the historical context and exigency as well as universal themes explored within the play itself.
“As students view a film, we want them to pay special attention to those areas of the film we consider important and to draw conclusions from their experience with the film. Only then does a passive viewer become active; for by thinking about the film’s content, the student is interacting with the film."-Resch and Schnicker
Some general understanding of the Cold War Period is needed to as well as the treatment and effects of Schizophrenia. What becomes quickly apparent when researching this film is the fact that the' biopic' representation offered by Ron Howard, is largely fictionalised and reworked in 'Hollywood' terms.
Good Starters for the 'Reading to Write' Module
'Language is never neutral but carries within it, within in the cultural and attitudinal meanings embedded, a way of seeing the world.' 'Language is not a transparent medium in which we simply name and describe reality, but is influential in constructing our attitudes to the world.'
Such a pity that Extension 1 Genre Study has ceased.
I loved teaching and writing about Crime Fiction as well as creating this tribute clip. Hope you enjoy it.