Analysis of Frightening Fear in “Little Brother”
Fear is what many of the dictators are made out of and it has now become one of the biggest and most common ways of ruling over people today. The use of fear is being spread across the world quite fast and it is being used as a top technique for many things. Whether it is a mother teaching behaviour to her kid or a bank loan that you still haven’t paid, fear will always do the trick and this is what our world is turning into. Kids that need love and care to have a good upbringing and to be told not to do bad stuff are now being taught off by fear not because they want control of their child but because scaring a child is easier than teaching manners. Some people have begun to question whether the use of fear is justified and if it always leads to everyone being happy and unaffected. In Cory Doctorow’s “Little Brother,” a teenage boy taking on the Department of Homeland Security for revenge of being mercilessly detained and interrogated for days. After the bombing in Seattle by unknown terrorists, the DHS suspects everyone in the city and are fully supported by the government on this. The DHS uses fear as a force factor to control the whole city of Seattle so that citizens are scared of them and are under their control. Moreover there are many people out there wanting to take revenge on the DHS for spreading such terror throughout the city and changing many people’s lives. Therefore the DHS’s forced fear on the
citizens of Seattle in “Little Brother” enforce the fact that using fear is not the right way to protect/control a society.
The drastic change in the city of Seattle after the terrorist attack is a result of how much uninvolved the citizens want to become in the terrorist attack.The use of fear by the DHS irritates Marcus as he was poorly treated while being detained and is now ready to fight against them and regain his rights. Marcus’s intelligence and bravery always shows throughout “Little Brother” and he does whatever it takes to get back his freedom and get rid of this fearful DHS. Marcus’s reaction to the disappearance of his best friend Darryl shows vengeance within him. After Jolu and Vanessa stop sobbing about Darryl not being there, Marcus immediately thinks of retaliation and says, “This is me and them now. I’ll beat them, I’ll get Darryl” (Doctorow 74). Jolu seemed supportive of the idea but Vanessa was furious and angry and did not want to lose Marcus to the DHS. The DHS are not normal cops, they are the highest ranking of security, they are supposed to protect the country but even after being known to this fact, Marcus still stood by his words and started to create a plan. The bravery and straightforwardness of Marcus makes Van happy and sad at the same time knowing how much stress he will face. Marcus is doing this to get his best friend back and to teach the DHS a lesson. Revenge is a big part of human nature and the fact that all of this...