Hook. In George Orwell's 1984, the protagonist, Winston, lives in a future society, which is governed by "Big brother". This society is corrupt, and controls every aspect of life, even their thoughts. In Catch 22, by Joseph Heller, the protagonist, Yossarian, struggles with war, and the idea of the inevitability of death. Yossarian struggles against the war, and how the deaths of men are treated as nothing, how they are controlled by bureaucracy. Both these works show contrasting imagery, similar characters, and similar conflicts. These works show that if there is complete control in society, people will still rebel.
The word humanity refers to the human race as a whole and the qualities that make us human, such as the ability to love and have compassion. In our modern world, we take human nature for granted, but in George Orwell’s 1984, he shows us a society in which there is no humanity, and those that fight for it die trying. The totalitarian government, known as the Party, uses isolation, fear, and lies to destroy the humanity in their citizens and maintain absolute power over Oceania. The novel describes the journey of Winston Smith as he rebels against the Party and tries to maintain his human qualities. By creating a totalitarian government in the novel 1984, George Orwell is able to express how important humanity is to not only Winston but also
Fahrenheit 451 and The Hunger Games are both examples of titles that are included in the dystopian genre. This genre includes a futuristic society where government has supreme control and gives citizens the illusion that they have a perfect society. Firstly, both Fahrenheit 451 and The Hunger Games have a society where they are kept away from information, independent thought is discouraged, and freedom is restricted. Also, they both have a society where the general public is constantly paranoid that they are under surveillance. Lastly, both societies dehumanize those living in it. In conclusion, both Fahrenheit 451 and The Hunger Games contain several elements of a dystopian society.
In the novel 1984, outward conformity is crucial to the survival of the citizens of Oceania. One character in particular who practices this extremely well is the main character, Winston Smith. He not only conforms outwardly, but also questions his society inwardly, due to the overhanging fear that Miniluv will find and torture him. Winston constantly questions Big Brother and all of the laws that the citizens of Oceania are required to obey while also inwardly questioning his forbidden romance with Julia. Without this rising tension throughout the novel, 1984 would lose its suspenseful tone and would easily lose the focus of readers.
In the book of 1984 The people like winston and others that aren’t associated with the Party are stripped of their freedom. They have no rights from being almost enslaved by the Thought Police, they have little to no education rights, and they have absolutely no say in there marriage of who they want to marry. Freedom is a part of who you are supposed to be, if you don’t have freedom then you really aren’t your own
In the novel 1984, by George Orwell, he uses truth and reality as a theme throughout the novel to demonstrate the acts of betrayal and loyalty through the characters of Winston and Julia. Orwell expresses these themes through the Party, who controls and brainwashes the citizens of Oceania. The party is able to control its citizens through “Big Brother,” a fictional character who is the leader of Oceania. Big Brother is used to brainwash the citizens into whatever he says. Orwell uses truth and reality in this book to reflect on what has happened in the real world such as the Holocaust and slavery. The society of this novel was a dystopia and it is how George Orwell viewed the world. In the novel 1984, Orwell portrays the acts of betrayal and
Individualism and the realization of one’s inner thoughts are the most important things someone can possess. In 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 there are a lot of similarities and differences. The biggest similarity between the books is that they both take place in a dystopian society where the government has total control of the people. However there are many other similarities such as the main characters, desensitized natures, and no privacy. The biggest difference between the books are the endings and how the government regulates the ideas and thoughts of their people.
Have you ever found yourself rooting for the little man? If so, you will more than likely identify with the theme of George Orwell’s book 1984. The main characters, Winston and Julia, in 1984, rebelled against the parties control, over their daily life’s. Winston and Julia conspire to lash out against the Party’s oppression, and they carry out a love affair, which was strictly forbidden by Big Brother.
In today's century, John Steinbeck and George Orwell have an influential mark on American literature. One of John Steinbeck's most known novel is Of Mice and Men. This novel is about two characters, George and Lennie, who are migrant workers that move from ranch to ranch struggling to earn a living during the Great Depression. On the other hand, George Orwell's most prominent novel is 1984. 1984 tells the story of man, Winston Smith, a man living in Oceania, a dystopian society, finding a way to escape the tyranny of Big Brother. John Steinbeck and George Orwell are greatly affected by the state of society in their lifetimes. Both authors use their novels to highlight the themes of control and the affects of change
In the novel 1984 by George Orwell, the main theme is of conformity to the wants of society and the government. Themes of dehumanization of our species, as well as the danger of a totalitaristic state are repeatedly expressed. Orwell demonstrates this theme by using setting and characters in the novel. The setting helps to convey the theme because of the world and kind of city that the main character lives in. Winston’s every move is watched and controlled by the governmental figurehead known as “big brother”. The characters in the story are used to show the theme in the sense that most are essentially brainwashed by, and therefore loyal to and under control of, the overbearing government. The main conflict of the story is between the main
Throughout history and stories there are events and circumstances that people tend to look back upon. These events draw an interest from people because they are subject to scrutiny. The question asked is whether or not the results of the event justified the means about which the results were sought out. The end is not justified by the means because on the way to the end there are sometimes obstacles that can cause unethical and immoral actions. The road to the end of a conflict or ambition can cause isolation and desolation as well as destructions that cannot in any circumstance be justified.
Many a literary critic claims that the strongest aspect of the book 1984 by George Orwell is its plot. Indeed, there is some merit in this conclusion, as the entire purpose of Orwell’s writing of this book was not to create a literary classic, but to warn the public about the dangers of communism if it got out of hand, and what better way to do this than to write an engaging plot? Others may claim that 1984’s greatest strength is in its character development. This aspect, too, is quite strong in the book, as not only are the minor characters effected in serving the dystopian theme, but the major characters are believable and very human in their failings. Winston’s transformation from an oppressed office worker to revolutionary and finally to
1984’s Oceania was a fictional place, but it had shocking similarities to a place all too real. The USSR or the Soviet Union is the real life Oceania. 1984’s Oceania was similar to the USSR in many ways. The USSR and 1984’s Oceania both used many form of propaganda to insure fear within the people, keeping them civil. Both the USSR and Oceania were also known to kidnap anyone who went against their government, through their secret police. Lastly, both nations had youth groups that persuaded a certain way of thinking at a very young age. 1984 was written as a warning of totalitarianism governments and cruel or injury practices. Perhaps this warning was received too late.
Dystopian governments that rule the people through the control of the flow of information and a system of mass media becomes a common theme in both 1984 & Fahrenheit 451, although they become noticeably different to a certain extent. 1984 by George Orwell is a novel that relies heavily on brain washing and tyrannical policies that involve mass surveillance and exploitation as the Party cares for the process, not the result. On the contrary, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury prefers to use television to control the minds of the population, while implying the government would gladly “burn” the opposition to reach their goal, as they care for the end result more than the process. The idea of using media was a way of manipulation for the government,
The book 1984 describes a totalitarian society where citizens are forced to renounce all liberties for the sake of social order. They are guided by the rule of a single figurehead called Big Brother, whom the they are manipulated to entrust their lives to. This figurehead exercises his powers of governing every aspect of the people 's lives by observing and manipulating the populace. Big Brother also divides his subjects into classes as a means to keep the populace oppressed. Throughout this literary narrative the main character, Winston Smith, struggles to survive in this society as he struggles to fit the conventional mold that is preached. The economic and social class structure in 1984 reflects our own society through the similarities in