Abuse of Power - Essay 1

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Lord Action stated “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. In both the prescribed text ‘The Removalists’ and related material ‘Shawshank redemption’ it explores the control and exert of power, societal assumptions on male dominance in the 1970’s, police brutality being the norm and means of religion and disguise. Abuse of power is conveyed through these texts in the manner in which characters deal with the power they wield, in turn reveals the values that hinge society. In both the prescribed text, The Removalists and related text, Shawshank Redemption we are shown how verbal abuse is conveyed as an abuse of power. In the prescribed text The Removalists Simmonds is shown to abuse his power when he talks to Ross in a manner that makes out Ross being stupid. Simmonds says “You idiot Ross, don’t you know anything?” when Ross hits Kenny in the head. Simmonds swearing and belittling Ross is a constant in this play. Simmonds is constantly wanting to be in power and belittling Ross is one way to do it. By Simmonds swearing and verbally abusing Ross he is abusing his power. In The Removalists Kenny is seen to abuse his power by swearing and calling Fiona horrific names. Kenny demonstrates his abuse of power over Fiona when he states “You bitch!” when Kenny finds out he is being arrested. Kenny is portrayed as a stereotypical 1970’s Australian male. Kenny is obnoxious and treats his wife very poorly. He demonstrates that numerous times in the play calling her names making this an abuse of power. In the related material Shawshank Redemption, Warden Norton abuses his power by using religious language to disguise his corrupt nature. This is seen just before Tommy is killed, the Warden says “Would you be willing to swear before a judge and jury, having placed your hand on the good book and taken an oath before almighty God himself?”. Warden is a corrupt man who betrays himself to be a religious one. With this particular scene he uses his religious...
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