The Captive Mind Themes

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One of the underlying themes of the book is the suppression of individualism. This was a known part of the Soviet model, and as a result there was intense resentment on the part of the people who had their creativity and individualism suppressed. This is obvious on the part of the author. Free thinking was not encouraged or tolerated in the people's democracies. The free thinker was considered a reactionary and an enemy of the proletariat. He was considered to have mental problems and was treated as an outcast.

Writers were forced to write according to a prescribed method. They could not write about whatever they wanted in whatever way they wanted. The class struggle had to be promoted and portrayed in the proper way. This is why the beauty and the creativity of art and literature were destroyed by the Soviet model. Many writers chose...

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