North Korea

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North Korea and George Orwell’s 1984 are very similar yet distinct in ways. While 1984 people have very controlled lives and still must obey every will that Big Brother and the Party has for them, as oppose, in North Korea they are free to live on their own and do what they please as long as they remember who the ruler is and worship and praise him everyday. 1984 and North Korea mirror each other in relation to society structure they both have an absolute dictator, a lack in ability to rebel, and have abolished the past whenever possible in order to continue control over their people.
"She had not a thought in her head that was not a slogan, and there was no imbecility, absolutely none, that she was not capable of swallowing if the Party handed it out to her" (Orwell 66). This quote states that Katherine, Winston’s wife from the old days knows nothing but they ways of the Party. That truly shows how the Party controls everything so well. If people were born after the government change or were young when it happened it shows the Party has such a high influence on the people. Much like in North Korea as seen in the video young children from birth are taught to love and praise their leader Kim Jong Il. It is ingrained in their brains not to put others before the leader. It is impossible for people to question because all they have ever known was that Kim Jong Il is the great leader and he forever understands gives and, will never let them down. Basically brainwashed, not many dare to question him either. They do not think nor live for themselves. The most loyal people who do the most work and give the most time to the beloved leader are privileged enough to live in the capital city Pyongyang. They have a common enemy which is the...

... middle of paper ... take action and try to change it for any reason. A tactic the government uses in order to stay in power and avoid any confrontation from within the country.
Both societies being very much alike in their atrocities and the fact that the people know not of a better world can be gut wrenching. Keeping a tight hold on the press and controlling every aspect of one’s life down to where they sleep and who they are allowed to marry can be an awful way of life. When one knows not of a more desirable way then it is the best. George Orwell’s 1984 and North Korea mirror each other in the fact that there is a controlled society, the past is always rewritten, and there is no other way to revolt or the opportunity is not present. These two societies are something everyone desires to have remained in a fictional story however it is someone elses life everyday an ocean away.

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