Breaking Stalin's Nose Themes

Eugene Velchin
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Indoctrination

The only way that a political system like Communism which is harsh and oppressive can work even for a short duration is through indoctrination or through brainwashing. Ten-year-old Sasha is sure that the kids who live in a capitalistic society do not have fine carrots to eat like the kids in the Communistic society of the USSR have. He is also certain that they have no chance of fulfilling their dreams like those kids lucky enough to be born in a society such as his.

The Soviet leaders convince the people that it is beneficial for them to live in communes. They persuade the masses that it is advantageous to live in crowded quarters with no privacy. Living this way is a constant reminder that it is the "we" that is important as opposed to the "I" that the focus in capitalistic societies.

Sasha is a very bright...

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