Sunday, May 1, 2011

making connections

We're starting our senior critique for English, and I decided to read 1984 because I don't think I can stand reading any more of Return of the Native. It was a pretty interesting, if not depressing, book, and there's a few things I could write my thesis about, including the hypocrisy of the Party (since in trying to eliminate any impurities and natural tendencies in the public, they turn everyone into animals anyway).

And then I was listening to some Muse and everything started to click. I'm not sure I'm just making this up, but a lot of their songs relate back to the book, like referencing the Thought Police and stuff. And the entirety of "United States of Eurasia/Collateral Damage" sounds like a plot summary:
You and me are the same
We don't know or care who's to blame
But we know that whoever holds the reigns
Nothing will change
Our cause has gone insane

And these wars they can't be won
And these wars they can't be won
And do you want them to go on and on and on?
Why split these states
When there can be only one

And must we do as we're told?
Must we do as we're told?

You and me fall in line
To be punished for unproven crimes
And we know that there's no one we can trust
Our ancient heroes
They are turning to dust

And these wars they can't be won
Does anyone know or care how they begun?
They just promise to go on and on and on
But soon we will see
There can be only one
(lyrics from AZLyrics)

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