The past few weeks I have spent more time focusing on the General Election than both my A levels examinations and Literature. My recent fixation on politics and policies has made me think about the political fiction that I have read, and so I figured that now would be as good a time as any to share them.
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
Lord of the Flies explores the actions of a group of young boys who find themselves stranded on an island. The boys’ separation into groups and eventual descent into savagery acts as an allegory that highlights the way in which groups in society can become tainted.
Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
Orwell’s dystopian classic Nineteen Eighty-Four depicts a totalitarian regime in which the government constantly revises and rewrites historical records in order to appear blameless, correct and all-powerful.
Animal Farm: A Fairy Story – George Orwell
George Orwell’s political allegory contains a trenchant insight into human nature and a heartbreaking examination of the methods by which political systems are established, maintained and, ultimately, corrupted. The tale’s central animals are based on Russian political figures, notably including Stalin, Trostsky, Marx, and Lenin.
The Plague – Albert Camus
Albert Camus, a figure highly regarded as a key thinker in the existentialism, penned this unforgettable novel to explore the nature of humanity when faced with a bleak disease that threatens to destroy it. The novel continues to be widely interpreted as a discussion of the Nazi occupation of France during World War II.
The Chocolate War – Robert Cormier
The Chocolate War integrates personal, political and social issues, detailing the story of a secret student organisation’s manipulation of the student body, and the subsequent descent into a cruel mob mentality against a single non-conforming student.
I have a whole stack of other politically-focused novels to read, so hopefully this list will only grow in the near future.