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Tools of power: on individual resistance in Arthur Miller's The Crucible and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale
2003 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay is based on two different types of literary works, which cover similar themes. Each one deals with the struggle of the individual against an oppressive, theocratic regime, and the consequences of individual disobedience against authority. It discusses the fact that not only does a totalitarian state have means of exerting power over its subjects, but the individuals have some measure of power over the authorities as well. The first chapter covers the historical perspective behind the literary works. It presents some of the factual material, which has served as an inspirational and structural framework in the narratives. The second chapter describes the different methods used by totalitarian regimes for gaining control over their subjects. The final chapter gives an account of the individuals' resistance against their oppressors, and the effects thereof, in the two literary works.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2003.
Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, Arthur Miller, The Crucible, Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale, Individual, Resistance, Totalitarian, Authority, Power, Submission
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-49589ISRN: LTU-CUPP--03/054--SELocal ID: 6ea0bdf4-b162-4cb3-9065-87e751c14647OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-49589DiVA: diva2:1022936
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Student thesis, at least 15 credits
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English, bachelor's level
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Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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