Wednesday, August 02, 2006

prompts 3a-3c

sorry about posting these late, but . anyway, here's our notes.

Pentad of execution ceremony as viewed by D-503 and loyal members of the one State:

act: the execution of a criminal
agent: the Benefactor
agency: the Justice System of the One State
purpose: to maintain order and strengthen the One State
scene: a gathering of citizens to witness the execution of a dangerous criminal

Pendad of execution ceremony as viewed by I-330 and other revolutionaries:

act: poet/artist/free-thinker/etc. executed
agent: the Benefactor
agency: the repressive Hand of the One State
purpose: to repress those who do not want to conform/to repress free-thinkers
scene: gathering of people to witness the death of a free-thinker


what's important here is the difference between how the same scene is perceived by two groups. obviously, for those who think of this ceremony in terms of the first pentad will find it highly effective in its purpose, whereas those who follow the second pentad, will not find it very effective. We know they don't find it effective because they don't give up all of their revolutionary ideas just by viewing the ceremony, on the contrary, their plans continue to move forward.




3B: in the same way that the first ritual was effective for the loyal members of the one state and ineffective for the revolutionaries, the Ceremony outside the walls of the One State would obviously work the other way around. it would be effective for the revolutionaries, but ineffective for loyal members of the state. we know this would be ineffective for several reasons, including the fact that phrases like "we must all go mad as soon as possible" are not likely to sway the very logical way of thinking of the citizens of the One State.

one could make up a pentad for each of the groups of this ritual to illustrate this.

3C: here's a very rudimentary Aristotelian analysis for each of the groups when looking at the ceremony of the execution

Faithful Citizens of the One State: ethos=good, truth; Pathos=good; logos=good.

Revolutionaries: ethos=bad, repressive; pathos=bad; logos=bad

Fence sitters (those like D-503 after having fallen in love with I-330): ethos=good, truth; pathos=confused; logos=confused.

the fence sitters still respect and feel the One State is good, but don't know whether or not they still feel the same way about the same arguments. The premises on which the arguments that would have previously swayed them are no longer as true to them as they were before, so the pathos and logos fails a bit.

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