“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”

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— Pablo Neruda

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Literature meme [2/2] movements
↳ Modernism

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Literature Meme: 4/10 Prose

  • "1984" by George Orwell

The Oceanian province of Airstrip One (formerly known as Great Britain) is a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, and public mind control, dictated by a political system euphemistically named English Socialism  under the control of a privileged Inner Party elite that persecutes all individualism and independent thinking as thoughtcrimes. Their tyranny is headed by Big Brother, the quasi-divine Party leader who enjoys an intense cult of personality, but who may not even exist. Big Brother and the Party justify their rule in the name of a supposed greater good.[1] The protagonist of the novel, Winston Smith, is a member of the Outer Party who works for the Ministry of Truth (Minitrue), which is responsible for propaganda and historical revisionism. His job is to re-write past newspaper articles so that the historical record always supports the current party line. Smith is a diligent and skillful worker, but he secretly hates the Party and dreams of rebellion against Big Brother.

As literary political fiction and dystopian science-fiction, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a classic novel in content, plot, and style. Many of its terms and concepts, such as Big Brother, doublethink, thoughtcrime, Newspeak, Room 101, and memory hole, have entered everyday use since its publication in 1949.

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Literature Meme|| 6/10 Prose

  • The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath

I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.” 

The Bell Jar is the only novel written by American poet, Sylvia Plath, and published in 1963. It is a semi-autobiographical novel that reflects Plath’s own life and portrays both her and her character’s progression into mental illness(probably clinical depression with possibly severe PMS). The book flawlessly captures what it is like to be trapped in the very depths of depression and how, if you are even able to, difficult it is to get yourself out.

As stated before, the book was semi-autobiographical of Plath’s life. To protect herself and the characters based on real people, she first published the book under the name Victoria Lucas. It wasn’t published under her real name until 1971, 9 years after Plath’s suicide in 1963. 

The story follows Esther Greenwood (The main character who Plath based herself on) who although is a striving young writer, finds herself spiraling downward into a pit of depression and eventually a suicide attempt. Afterwards, she is put into a mental institution. Esther is given electroshock therapy, which, along with therapy helps to her to regain her sanity and cure her depression, which she describes in a most beautifully sad way, as being “trapped under a bell jar, stewing in her own sour air”.

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top 5 books read in 2013the handmaid’s tale, margaret atwood

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She had a nostalgia for a life she had never lived.
Nancy Lemann, The Fiery Pantheon  (via blackfyrre)
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She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.
Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell  (via exoticwild)
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