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Cory Doctorow: The Little Brother
The 1960s through Doctorow's Eyes
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Though various experts such as King, Bentele, and Soule will disagree with Doctorow, his viewpoint is one that cannot be overlooked. To Doctorow, the 1960s was a pivotal time for the younger people of that generation to create social movements and/or protests. In his book, “Little Brother”, he gives several references to social movements from the 60s, such as the Free Speech Movement, or the anarchist leader Emma Goldman, who worked with many movements (Free Speech, Military, and Homosexuality). These references are made known to Doctorow’s main character, Marcus, for a reason.

My analysis is that Doctorow wants readers to relate with Marcus, thus relate with what Marcus goes through. In the book, Marcus looks up to the students who stood against authority for their freedom of speech, and Emma Goldman for her rebellious fight for equality. Marcus views how tough the times of the 60s were and what the people sacrificed for their freedom. Marcus also then notices that now, in the present, many young students like himself would rather run away than fight back like the students in the 60s and risk being caught and imprisoned by the government. Because of this, Doctorow is on the same terms of the scholars Oliver, Cadena-Roa, and Strawn. Young people in any generation throughout time will always find a new authoritarian figure that restricts their beliefs to fight against. However, Doctorow implies that young people of this newer generation are more afraid of consequences than the young people of years past. His implications are that newer generations have more to risk due to the government having harsher and more inhumane punishments than they used to. He uses Marcus to show his point of what could happen. When Marcus is captured by the Department of Homeland Security, he goes through extreme harsh imprisonment and torture, something that the government would never do to its own citizens back in the 60s.

 

 
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