26th September 2017

Significant connections

There are many common elements in dystopian texts. One unifying idea between the texts Nineteen Eighty-Four, Minority Report, A Clockwork Orange and Handmaids Tale is the invasion of privacy. (show and explain how they are doing this in each text, use quotes)


1984- “It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself–anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide.”

“The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it; moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard. There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever the wanted to. You had to live- did live, from habit that became instinct- in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinised.”


Minority Report-


Handmaids Tale-



Invasion of privacy: 1984 – big brother. Minority report – Pre-crime police and scanners. Handmaids Tale – Gilead’s secret police force. Clockwork Orange –


Manipulation of language: 1984 – New speak. Minority report – ?. Handmaids Tale – Old word. Clockwork Orange –


Totalitarian State: 1984 – Airforce 1?. Minority Report – ?. Handmaids Tale – Gilead. Clockwork Orange – ?.



“A common element in many dystopias is the invasion of privacy. The state over-steps the boundary and invades peoples private lives to the extent that in many cases the very thoughts of an individual fall under state control. Power corrupts. When humans acquire power over one another, there is an inevitability about what happens next. The powerful use this to their own advantage. Any morals they may have held are abandoned in their corrupt pursuit on control.”


-establishes the over-arching idea/aspect

-identify texts you will refer to

  • expand on what conclusions this has lead you to


1 section on each text (IDENTIFY GENRE DYSTOPIA)

-Introduce texts (do not summarise plot) Name, Author, Connecting feature

-expand on how your ideas about the connecting feature were developed by the text

-give quoted examples

-make a link to next section

Respond now!