Consider the effect of authoritarian and totalitarian regimes on family relationships while writing a letter from Parsons daughter to Big Brother.  I have to write a letter about things...

Consider the effect of authoritarian and totalitarian regimes on family relationships while writing a letter from Parsons daughter to Big Brother. 

I have to write a letter about things happened, spies and youth league, how she believes in Big Brother while her father betrayed him. I don't know where to start or how to write from her point of view.

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kapokkid eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One of the very fascinating effects of a well-run totalitarian regime seems to always be the work that goes into breaking down typical family and community relationships. In East Germany and in North Korea and other places, the government tried (and continues to try in the case of North Korea) to break down family relationships and encourage everyone to spy on everyone. It is impossible to keep an eye on an entire population unless you can convince them to do it themselves.

So when considering how to write something that Parson's daughter would write, consider how you can make this change evident. She is going to demonstrate that she is more loyal to Big Brother than she is to her own father and what she writes in the letter should reflect that.

It might take the form of eager praise of Big Brother and an explanation of how she is proud that she can turn in her father and demonstrate her own loyalty. It is also worth considering how she would describe the way that her father betrayed big brother and making sure that she explains how disappointed she is that he does not share her loyalty and consideration for Big Brother and the future of the Party.