This story shows the danger of a world in which the government has too much control. The novel shows how the government controls its people, eliminating their individuality and the essence of everything that makes a human a human. "And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed-if all records told the same tale-then the lie passed into history and became truth. 'Who controls the past' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.'" (Page 37) Though this society is efficient, it means little since the people cannot enjoy freedom and therefore have no rights.
1984, by George Orwell, is a novel that is ultimately about a totalitarian form of government and it's negative aspects that it imposes on society. The readers clearly see that George Orwell opposes this form of government because it limits not only freedoms, but the idea of freedom itself. The idea of pure freedom is shattered as we see the protagonist's mission to overthrow Big Brother fail. Big Brother may have not even been real. However, the fear that this imaginery person/ organization imposed on society was real.
And that is exactly what Big Brother did. They had complete divisions set apart to change the history of the country to make it sound like they were doing great. The people who remembered the truth (like Winston) were considered rebels of the state and were to be “vaporized” (Orwell 51). It was not e... ... middle of paper ... ...ca we don’t have the “Ministry of Peace, Ministry of Love, Ministry of Truth, and Ministry of Plenty” (Orwell 8) we are slowly heading that direction. As time goes on and more technology advances, will the government be restricted?
In Ray Bradbury's award-winning novel, Fahrenheit 451, society feels the true weight of those who are powerful, the government, but the beauty of it is that the people do not realize it. The government works to destroy all books and knowledgeable material, and essentially eradicate all the individualism, the personal opinions of the people. Guy Montag, the main character and protagonist, makes an effort to resist the oppressiveness of the government, yet soon realizes that his sole efforts will never be sufficient to bring awareness to the oblivious people, as the government had removed all judgment and personal opinion, destroyed any evidence of their existence. The people had been lost to the power of the government. Hence, Fahrenheit society falls victim to the government because the people allow their minds to be overtaken and their individualism to be destroyed.
All this control by censorship will eventually lead to a totalitarian nation. In Fahrenheit 451 the main character Guy Montag lives within this constrained world. Their main source for freedom of knowledge and creativity is through books. However, that gateway is roped off by censorship, making all books illegal. The government would rather just burn the books and give society all the information they need rather than producing a two sided way that offers a choice (76).
Knowledge is a strong aspect of a dystopian society because people will go out of their way to use their abilities to control the lives of others. In Fahrenheit 451, the government controls civilians’ ability to think by banning books. While in Oryx and Crake, one of the main characters uses his knowledge to fix the overcrowded world, but in the end he destroys humanity. While both novels focus on wisdom and characters fight for knowledge, the truth of knowledge is shown to be dangerous since in both novels knowledge leads to the destruction of society. In Fahrenheit 451, the theme of wisdom is gained through experience and knowledge.
So, they decided to form a government, but soon the kids mutinied against the leader and later nihilism and terror ruled. Anyway, many reader ponders, why did at the end, anarchy and savagery ruled, and many analysts blame the theme of the book. The author William Golding says that the theme of the book is “an attempt to trace the defect of society back to the defect of human nature”. Yes, the theme of the book is the conflict between Civilization vs. Savagery and the loss of innocence. The main conflict in Lord of the Flies is civilization vs. savagery.
The book and the movie, respectively, are much more than simple narratives. Using dark dystopian settings, the authors show how futuristic societies are instead tyrannized by their fearsome governments who mask themselves in a utopian ideal. The protagonists, Orwell’s Winston Smith and McTeigue’s V, realize the corrupted totalitarian nature of their government as they plan to break free from their ruling power. While almost six decades separate these two pieces of fiction, the authors resides both protagonists in a society ruled by tyrannical power, but the severity of oppression differ. Additionally, the main characters share deep hatred toward their government, yet Winston and V have different characteristics which affect their influence on society in 1984 and V for Vendetta.
The satirical dystopian novel ‘Nineteen Eighty Four’’ by George Orwell was composed to express what life would be like in London if under totalitarian rule. One controlling method is to obliterate ‘Oldspeak’ and in place use ‘Newspeak’ in order to control the country. Newspeak is the official subliminal language of Oceania and is based on the principles of Ingsoc. Newspeak has three different classes and is used to control and manipulate the population of Oceania to make them passive and oblivious to what the government is actually doing, but more importantly to ensure they cannot oppose the government or commit Doublethink or Crimethink. The government has implored a range of methods to do this, but the language of Newspeak is the most effective.
Anti-humanity; people aren’t even people. Could you possibly visualize that type of world? A world where people are invented and controlled? That type of world is inhuman, and inhumanity is an interesting concept pointed out in the perfect/not so perfect world that Aldous Huxley describes in his classic novel, Brave New World, and what Andrew Niccol describes in his famous film Gattaca. In the stories presented by both of these writers, viewers and readers witness a dystopian world where the government controls the people, and people are conditioned to like the social class set for them, whether it be lower, middle, or upper class.