Compare And Contrast The Handmaid's Tale And The Handmaids Tale

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Daisy Lv Ms. Jamieson English 12-1 26 February 2018 Nineteen Eighty-Four Versus The Handmaid’s Tale: Is There a Difference? “It is possible to dehumanize man completely (Fromm 318)?” In Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Christians have seized control of the Republic of Gilead and set up a totalitarian theocracy in which God is the supreme ruler. In Nineteen Eighty-Four portrayed by George Orwell, inhabitants in Oceania are controlled by the English Socialist Party ("INGSOC" for short), living under the constant surveillance from Big Brother. The two dystopias resemble and differ from the other with regard to political structure, propaganda, supervision, and the helplessness of individual in a totalitarian society. Nineteen Eighty-Four differs…show more content…
According to Orwell, the proles in Oceania live under the supervision of the Thought Police. Once anyone is marked with the sign of “Thoughtcrime”, they are vaporized. Besides, telescreems are everywhere, monitoring any move of citizens in Oceania. Any whisper can be picked and any movement can be scrutinized. Furthermore, Big Brother is watching citizens from coins, stamps, banners, and every single object (Orwell 27). Living under Big Brother’s enveloping eyes and voices, the fundamental human right is abolished. Similarly, the “Eyes of God” in The Handmaid’s Talerun over all the earth.The trust and relationship are replaced by barriers and checkpoints. In such loony bin, Offred thinks that friendships were suspicious since anyone can be a secret police, spying on her (Atwood 81). Therefore, the only danger comes from close accompanies. Being watched, Offred experiences despair like famine. All she has is endless emptiness (Atwood 84). Both Orwell and Atwood exposes dystopian reality, that the supervision abolishes the fundamental human

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