Sample Response: Metropolis and Nineteen Eighty-Four
Response by: Cameron Malcher
(adapted from 2014 HSC)
Rebellion and revolution are ideas which connect Metropolis and Nineteen Eighty-Four. How do these two texts from different contexts reflect changing perspectives on this idea?
What it requires
Both texts are connected by an exploration of rebellion and revolution that have direct relevance to the composers and their audiences.
Compare and contrast the similarities and differences of the way each text portrays rebellion and revolution, taking into account context, audience, language and textual form.
Prescribed texts: Metropolis (1929), directed by Fritz Lang (film) Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) by George Orwell (novel)
Introduction begins with broader positioning of thesis, then introduces text followed by thesis statement which suggests contextual links
When distribution of power in a society is too unevenly distributed, or when one group abuses their power too greatly to the detriment of others, then the oppressed often find a way to rebel or even initiate revolution. In Metropolis and Nineteen Eighty-Four we see depictions of dystopian societies that provoke rebellion or revolution, though as each text was produced during or shortly after significantly different periods of conflict and upheaval, we ultimately see two different attitudes presented, with very different expectations for the outcome of such actions.
Topic sentence links to question
Direct reference to context
Analysis of images & sequences from the text with comparison of examples from text to reinforce topic sentence
Concluding statement links back to thesis and introduces next paragraph
Throughout history, the most common social structure to provoke revolution is one with hierarchical social classes. Lang’s depiction of divided social classes in a film encouraging sympathy for the lower class has parallels with its time, being produced shortly