Comparing 1984 And Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice And 1984

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Satirical literature has repeatedly proven the importance of examining and deriding aspects of society that the author feels must change. Satirists express their criticism of mankind 's foolishness and vices through the use of irony and exaggeration, while still maintaining a playful undertone. A satirical literature is considered successful when the lighthearted mockery complements the authors insightful message. Both Pride and Prejudice and 1984 are successful satires. However, 1984 more effectively satirizes the impact of constraints on individual freedom, the difficulties due to class structures, and mankind’s lack of natural sympathy. Both Pride and Prejudice and 1984 convey a similar message about the lack of individual freedom due to…show more content…
Marriage and love are considered two separate entities. Austen states that the loveless marriages of this time holds back individual 's true desire because of the understanding that "a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife," (Austen 2). This implies that an individual of wealth is expected to find a wife who comes from an affluent background. A clear example of this is in the relationship between Jane Bennett and Charles Bingley. Despite their passionate love for each other, their difference in wealth and social standing ultimately hinders their path to marriage. Throughout Pride and Prejudice, Austen mocks the social norms of 19th century England by showing how the marriage standards constricts individuals from following their hearts. Although Austen successfully satirizes the social limitations on the individual, 1984 is more effective because Orwell strategically utilizes dramatic scenarios to send a warning to his readers. The extremities Ingsoc takes to suppress the citizens in their society leaves a strong impact on readers. For example, the Thought Police’s purpose is to forbid freedom of…show more content…
Pride and Prejudice and 1984 satirizes issues due to class structure. Pride and Prejudice is successful at portraying this by showing the inequality of the classes. However, 1984 is more successful at satirizing the issues of class structure through the dramatization how class inequality can ultimately force the lower class into oblivion . In Pride and Prejudice, Lady Catharine represents the snobbery of the upper class. As an individual of the upper class, she forbids the intermingling of classes and as a result, demands Elizabeth to stop seeing Darcy. In her overly condescending tone, she asks, “...do you know who I am?” (Austen 205), as if she is entitled due to her social standing. Readers cannot help but be flabbergasted at the ridiculousness of Lady Catharine. Austen satirically portrays how the upper class 's insensitivity towards those of a lower class divides and creates inequality amongst the classes. In 1984, Orwell satirizes how the struggles of the lower class is much more than just inequality. Through the use of mockery, Orwell expresses how the suppression of the lower class can disillusion people into being ignorant. The “proles” in Oceania represent the commoners. They are subject to lack of privacy, unrelenting control, and corruption from the government, which can also be interpreted as the upper class. However, the proles have become desensitized to these unfair treatments. Therefore they are blind to their abilities and worth due to the government’s

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