In both novels the stories take place in a dystopian society, shorty after a nuclear fallout/war. Quite the opposite of a utopia, this is a society based on the future that is frightening and unpleasant for the people living in it. The government has total control of the people, dictating what is allowed and what is not. There is total social control in both novels by the government controlling what is on the television by brainwashing and dumbing down their citizens.
Winston Smith is a unique character that has to manage his life while existing in a utopia gone wrong. In this dystopian society, Winston is faced with many trials and tribulations pertaining to the overbearing and controlling governmental system. Winston has all of his right stripped from him, yet he still has the willpower to actively and privately defy the tyranny that runs Oceania. Although his efforts remained futile, Winston still attempted to rebel through relationships and
Imagination allows people to escape the hardships reality presents by fostering some sort of dreams; without it people would be incapable of setting goals to become something they have always desired. Imagine yourself in the novel, “1984”, in which an author by the name of George Orwell depicts characters who imagine themselves rebelling against a totalitarian government. The government does not permit any contradicting views of the control it has over the people and it annihilates anyone who shows signs of rebellion. The totalitarian government, also known as Big Brother, has complete control over the lives of the people living in Oceania, the city where the novel takes place. Any dreams the characters once had are suppressed into memories locked away in fear of being perceived as a traitor of the
Part of growing up is leaving your parents and determining what is best for yourself instead of listening to what others think is best for you. In both Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse and the movie Dead Poets Society we were introduced to characters who were beginning to make these steps in life; Siddhartha himself, and Neil Perry. While each character had many differences, they both faced the same problem, their fathers had set out a plan for their lives that they would follow no matter what was for their best interest. These plans not only were nothing similar to what the boys wanted in life, but led to each of them turning against their parents wishes. The decision to disobey their family’s wishes led both Neil Perry and Siddhartha to find what truly made them happy in life.
Through recounting his life, Equality 7-2521 is able to recognize how he always had an inner voice that was suppressed by his society because it was telling him to be an individual and put his personal wants above the wants of his fellow brothers. In a world where no one is able to think privately, Equality 7-2521 breaks away from the only moral belief system he has ever been taught and
A dream about how enough is never enough, and will forever yearning for more. What is so bad about wanting more, in the generation of entitlement, we shouldn’t be criticizing a man who just wanted his life to be back to the way it use to be when the world was at his feet. “Americans, while occasionally willing to be Serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry” (Fitzgerald 88). Most people are willing to be docked down a few notches on the social ladder as long as they are not the bottom. Once people are docked to the bottom they will become upset and either try to better themselves or sit where they are at and blame everyone around them.
Family; a blessing, or a curse? In the book Night, Elie Wiesel offers many significant themes, but the question, “is family a blessing or a curse,” is one of the most prevalent and begging themes in the novel. During the novel, Wiesel often questions if he should try and keep his father around, or if life would just be better without him in the picture. “‘Don’t let me find him! If only I could get rid of this dead weight, so that I could use all my strength to struggle for my own survival, and only worry about myself,’ I immediately felt ashamed of myself, ashamed forever,” (Wiesel, 111).
However, Siddhartha eventually failed in his mission and turned to a life of gambling and materialistic society. At this point in the tale, it appears as if Siddhartha has lost his purpose in life and abandoned his beliefs causing the society to win over him with its negative influences. Eventually, Siddhartha returns to his goal of complete and utter enlightenment and despite the obstacles that he encountered, he finally achieved his goal and was able to be at peace with himself within his thoughts and found his own type of
The book 1984, by George Orwell, gives an eerie vision of a futuristic society with a totalitarian entity, who controls the nation of Oceania. In this society, no one has freedom and the government controls everybody with technology and power. Orwell’s book showed me how horrifying society could be if a government could attain an immense amount of power through technology in order to control everybody 's life. In his book, Orwell introduces The Ministry of Love, The Thought Police, and Big Brother.
The novel 1984 by George Orwell reveals the destruction of all aspects of the universe. Orwell envisioned how he believes life would be like if a country were taken over by a totalitarian figure. Nineteen eighty-four effectively portrays a totalitarian style government, in which elected representatives maintain the integrity of a nation with very little citizen participation in the decision-making process of the legislative body. Although the authors ideas are inherently and completely fictional, several concepts throughout his book have common links to today’s society which is somehow a realist perspective. Orwell integrates devices such as irony, satire, and motifs to illustrate the life unfulfilling life of Winston Smith.
Throughout Orwell’s dystopian thriller, 1984, the main character, Winston Smith often has prophetic dreams. Orwell uses Winston’ s ability as a sleep psychic to foreshadow major upcoming plot points throughout the book as well as develop characters and reveal shreds of background into the shady pre-Revolution past.. The meaning of these dreams, mainly the foreshadowing dreams, are, more often than not, not immediately clear. Orwell often employs some sort of symbolism to get the point of any particular dream across. Winston has several dreams throughout the novel that an in-depth analysis and a retrospective look on what the dreams mean could prove both interesting and helpful to anyone who may not have picked up on the use of dreams for foreshadowing
In the case of D-503, he too, like Winston, despises I-330 when he is first accustomed to her. He states that ‘her tone was so full of impudent, so full of mockery… I always hated her’ however, although he ‘swear[s] this was a total surprise’ and that he ‘could not possibly have desired what happened next’ his sexual passion caused him to sit on the floor begging ‘now, right now, this minute’. I-330, like Julia uses her body to draw men in and then presents to them her political beliefs, during their first time alone in the Ancient House, I-330 changes from her Party uniform into a dress. Through this gesture, I-330 is consciously offering D-503 a choice between her and the government.
George Orwell’s novel, 1984 and The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, both share fear as a common theme. Fear as a tool can control, change, and force people to do things that do not seem acceptable, such as make people turn on others, become violent, and forgo their belief system. Fear can be used in many different ways, such as controlling a population of people to gain power or wealth. In The Time Machine, a group of people called the Eloi, had direct power over another group called the Morlocks. In 1984, one small group of people called the “brother hood” had complete control of society.
Perspectives towards authority depends on the beliefs of one’s community. As the novel “1984” by George Orwell, suggests, the way one views leadership can be shaped by the authorities themselves. The novel is told from the perspective of Winston Smith, whose descriptions create the settings of a society that unknowingly fall victim to the corruption of its rulers. Thus, George Orwell depicts the corruption of authority when greed exceeds need and goes beyond established social structures in “1984”.
Free Will in a Totalitarian Society Imagine living in a society where every word and every action is tracked by the government. Where thinking is a crime punishable by death. Where fear is used as a way to keep its members in check. What has just been described is the reality of the novel 1984. 1984 follows Winston, an everyday man who works within the government he resents.