For my re-write I have chosen to discuss feminism as the main theme of my storyline. I have decided to tie in a feminist poet, based heavily on Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton combined, to a ‘1984’ type society, in which the writer is constantly watched as a form of oppressing women.
For those that may not be aware of George Orwell’s ‘1984’, it is the story of the government’s (known as ‘Big Brother’) extreme power and control over civilians by constant reminders and posters that ‘Big Brother is watching you!’ and spying cameras installed in to everyone’s homes. Every member of society is expected to be the same and lead very similar and plain lives. The main character is then able to find a corner in his home which can not be watched by the government and begins writing of his thoughts on the topic of extreme control over society.
In my re-write, the control over society is limited to women and what is expected of them on a daily basis.
The main character finds herself having to submit to Big Brother’s sexist views, while keeping a diary of her thoughts, feelings, views and poetry.
Both, Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton, have written about the struggles of being a woman in their time and dealt with depression and suicidal tendencies, particularly over being treated as a mentally ill patient.
The re-write will be written in first person, as though it is the main character’s diary entries, and will also include scenarios which are based around Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton’s poetry, therefore I will also be including poems which they have actually written in order to give some truth to the storyline and to back up some of my ideas within the re-write.
I have decided to write about feminism and sexism as I am strongly for equality and my decision to merge Sylvia Plath/Anne Sexton’s poetry with a new take on ‘1984’ combines both of my interests regarding inequality and the government’s heavy power over society, even today in 2014.