DMACC Comp. 106
March 12, 2015
Living In A Shadow
Often after reading George Orwell’s
there is a sense of relief that the world
described is not like ours. Winston’s world was full war and chaos. There was no freedom of speech or even freedom of thought. A world where people truly believed that what the government was doing was “right.” One would think that this world could only happen in the future. However, what a lot of people don’t realize is how similar it is to what is happening right now in North Korea.
The North Korean government is similar to the government in 1984
because of the lifestyle and disbelief of reality by the people, the propaganda, the strict rules over the country, and the punishments for traitors against the government. The lifestyle of people in North Korea greatly relates to how the people live in 1984
, everyone, but the people in the Inner Party, gets small amounts of horrible food while everything is rationed. This is the same for North Koreans. For meals they usually get corn meal with soybean soup made from soy bean remnants and unseasoned kimchi, a traditional Korean food made of pickled cabbage. However, the Inner Party of North Korea, which includes government officials along with their families, gets highgrade rice, eggs, and fish (Kim). Many people say that when they see North Korea, that it’s not in as bad as shape as everyone claims. However, Tim Urban, a tourist let into the country, wrote, “ So there will be a gorgeous museum
with huge chandeliers and polished marble floors, but the water won’t be running in the
bathroom. Or a highend restaurant with upscale decor that’s also sweltering hot because the air conditioning isn’t working” (Urban). Urban further explains that North Korea is a professional at being a nice but cruddy place at the same time. Most of the citizens of North Korea believe that their country is “dominant” compared to other countries, leading many people to believe that all North Koreans are bad. However, they have no choice. Both populations in Oceania and North Korea are forced
to believe that what
their government does is good. They have no freedom of anything. If they are to rebel or think differently, they will be harshly punished, usually in hardlabor camps where they are sentenced to life. The North Korean citizens are unaware what is going on in the world outside of their country. They still believe that North and South Korea are “united” and hate being called North
Korea. All the posters in North Korea show the whole Korean peninsula as their country (e.g. see Fig. 1) (Urban). Not only are the people of North Korea forced to believe things that aren’t true, but they also have to follow weird and strict rules. One of these rules is that everyone, in homes, schools, and other public facilities, have to have a picture of Kim Sung Il and Kim Jong Il hung sidebyside on a wall. This is required and checked upon randomly by the government, who also provides a “special towel” in order to clean their pictures every day (Urban). These pictures are also hung outside of buildings in the community and around all of North Korea (e.g. see Fig 2 and Fig 3) (Urban). The kids in school are also taught about stories of their leaders, and have to recite things from their teachers at school about how their leaders are great (SpaceTech14). The reasoning behind the North Korean citizen’s ignorance, is the way North Korea portrays themselves and everyone else. Radio broadcasts, television, and their propaganda fall into four categories: the leaders of North Korea and how great they are, mostly Kim Sung Il; how
strong the North Korean military is and how they’re going to crush everyone else; negative things about America and South Korea; North Korea people living in peace, harmony, and ...
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Web. 04 Mar. 2015. This article mainly talks about labor camps in North
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SIRS Issues Researcher.
Web. 04 Mar. 2015. This article is obviously about the
Youtube, 29 Dec. 2010. Web. 28. Feb. 2015. This was a documentary found on
Youtube that was all in Korean. This documentary was very interesting because it
WaitButWhy. 2015. This article was the most interesting because it came from an
American’s point of view that was very recent. As the title states, Tim Urban, a tourist let
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