Oppression is the “prolonged cruel or unjust treatment or control.”
It can be a physical “state of being subject to unjust treatment and control” or “mental pressure or distress” (Google dictionary, Oxford dictionary).
Often when we think of oppression and oppressed people, we think of political, religious, racial, gender, or sexual orientation injustices.
Yet oppression can be far more subtle, ignoring gender and colour and country. Life and literature tell stories of persons oppressed by society’s values, children oppressed by parental expectations, and souls oppressed by memories.
- Stand by Me, Lion King, Dead Poet’s Society (See an explanation in my long comment below in Responses.)
- Phantom (the poem in the post K is for Killing)
- Beyond the Precipice (the novel, in which oppression by society’s values, parental expectations, and unresolved grief and guilt are explored.)