Novels about power and control

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Suzanne Collins

The Dystopian Novels You Should Read

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Power hungry characters and high drama are the order of the day in these stories that pull back the curtain on age-old institutions and top-level government. In his new novel, this bestselling writer takes us inside one of the most secretive institutions in the world, as a group of cardinals votes to elect a new pope. Several men from different backgrounds, each with their own particular agendas and ambitions, are in the running for this sacred position. Sequestered in the Sistine Chapel no one can remain neutral amidst the planning and plotting. During a thrilling seventy-two-hour session allegiances are formed and broken, but only one person can take this coveted seat of ultimate power. But this ostentatious mansion and the most exclusive parties in the city mean nothing to him without the woman he loves. Told from the perspective of a humble bookseller who is wide-eyed at the scale of decadence and glitz amongst this privileged new class of English society, this comically vibrant book is completely absorbing.

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

For almost as long as books have existed, books about power have been written to help people seize and maintain control. From books about military strategy to instruction manuals for dictators, power has been a central theme in many books.

As a life long learner, social chameleon, devoted skeptic and ethical hedonist, I am always interested in TV shows that offer much more than just mere entertainment. I am constantly after TV shows that try to stray from the banality of commercial guidelines and focus more on communicating bold and controversial messages. Even if these messages flirt with the idea of excessive honesty and cruel candidness. Such an idea is the idea of power and influence that is presented throughout the TV show, while the life of Francis Underwood is unfolded in our screen in an artistic way. Even though it is quite a controversial topic in our pursuit of a happy and purposeful life, the importance of power and influence while we try to survive and flourish in our existential paradigm cannot be understated. Whether their impact is manifested through the way we communicate with our peers, subordinates, and bosses or in the way we interact with our partners, friends, and relationships, power and influence are extremely valuable tools that define the level of success you seek in these interactions. The importance and necessity of these two forces is what inspired me to write this article.

At the beginning of the novel it is clear that protagonist Winston Smith remains incarcerated mentally and physically, which is reflected by the omniscient, authoritarian controls of Big Brother. This novel has a denouement that you will never forget. The concept of potential insurrectionism features as a prevailing theme amongst the students of the world and we are constantly presented with a juxtaposition of conformity and potential insurgence. As fire fighters destroy the literary outlets of their world, which are prohibited, a clandestine fight to protect and free the written word ensues. It is a novel that juxtaposes the individual thoughts, feelings and self-expression of protagonist D and the One State city in which freedoms and liberties are not permitted.

This is unfortunate, because strategy is something that is critically relevant to all of us — not just those with careers in the military. We all have goals, we all have obstacles to those goals and we all live in a world we do not control. Those things combine to create the necessity of strategy. How do I accomplish what I need to accomplish? How do I find my way, deliberately, instead of stumbling around, in a reactionary fashion? Too many of us live our lives in a sort of haze, acting without a plan or guidance.

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