ENG4U ISP CHAPTER 13

ENG4U ISP CHAPTER 13 - As Mr. P. taught the Wart about...

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As Mr. P. taught the Wart about tyranny and the hawks taught him about military honor, the ants introduce the Wart to a world of intense collectivism or communism, which reveals to him the horrors of this political philosophy. In a world where everyone (except the leader) is equal, life becomes incredibly monotonous and static; examples of these qualities in the ants' lives abound in this chapter. For example, the "wireless broadcast" received by the Wart's antennae begins to "make him feel sick" after an hour of its repetitions. None of the ants have names (which might suggest personalities), but numbers (the Wart's is 42436/WD). All ants speak in the same "dead" and "impersonal" voice and the narrator states, very bluntly, that "Novelties did not happen to them." Their conversations, like their lives, are the same day after day. One way in which the ants are controlled by their leader without their ever considering their own situation is through their language, which reduces most words and phrases into either "done" or "not done." As in George Orwell's 1984 , during which the totalitarian government employs a language called Newspeak that prohibits comparative phrases (and thus, the populace's comparing its own government to that of other nations), the ants' inability to speak of such things as "happiness," "freedom," "liking," or any of their opposites prevents them from ever realizing
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