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Unformatted text preview: Absolute Power, does not proceed to the last extremes of Injustice and Oppression” (p. 228). Disch further demonstrates that as these people completely lose interest in their government, they turn to reality-altering activities such as watching “teevee” and taking drugs that change one’s environment. In the concluding paragraph, Mrs. Hanson describes her monotonous lifestyle and her desire for death. Explicating that her desire for death is not a passive acceptance but an active yearning, she provides the analogy: “The way some people want sex, that’s how I want death” (p. 258). The reader, however, recognizes that her daily life has not changed considerably from before arriving at the “Terminal Clinic;” and thus, Disch shows that living under an authoritative governmental bureaucracy hardly suffices for a life at all....
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2008 for the course ENGL 191 taught by Professor Shackelford,laura during the Fall '04 term at Penn State.
- Fall '04