Power can be seen as the control that something or someone holds over another person or thing. Many times literature seeks to demonstrate a sense of power throughout it. Thomas DeQuincey once said, “All that is literature seeks to communicate power,” explaining that works of literature somehow reveals control among a certain group or a person. I agree with this quote because there are many works that talk about power and the effect it has. Two major works that support this are 1984, by Bob Orwell and Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelly.
The dystopian novel 1984 by Orwell is a work of literature that boldly communicates and shows the effect of power and how it is communicated to the people during that time. The government, which was known as Big Brother ran the totalitarian society and ultimately controlled anyone and ...view middle of the document...
Instead he found a way to isolate himself and write in a diary letting out how he truly felt. It seemed so easy at first but even Winston gave in and hailed Big Brother. The juxtaposition that was used such as the phrase Victory Mansion helped add to the sense of domination because it was anything but that. If anything it was a frightening place that was barely able to stand. The use of juxtaposition pointed out the developing fears and outrage as well as power throughout the party. It shows that you cannot live while scrutinized even though the party expected you to.
Another work titled Frankenstein, by Mary Shelly also communicates power in a different way than 1984. A man named Victor Frankenstein creates a creature, something that is beyond monstrous in a way that can be looked at as playing God. He does not realize how the creature would affect his life in the long run. Victor works day and night to make his creation come to life. Victor held the power to create life in only a way that God should have. When things got bad Victor had the power to take away life as well by destroying a second creation. The first creation was anything but normal and wanted a companion that could resemble how he felt. Victor complied at first but then after realizing what could happen he destroyed a life. Victor had control of starting a life and taking it away. The work communicates what power can do to a person. The creature ironically destroyed Victor. Victor creates life and that same life took his away. He held to much power at his fingertips causing the end.
In both works of literature by Orwell and Shelly power is a theme that is constant throughout it. These books help support the quote, “All that is literature seeks to communicate power.” Sometimes a person holds to much power such as Victor in Frankenstein. Other times a person’s power sucks in the innocent as in 1984. Power has a strong meaning but is easily communicated in many works of literature.