A utopian society represents a perfect, idealistic civilization, while a dystopian society describes an unpleasant environment for the individuals living within it. George Orwell’s 1984 portrays many characteristics of a dystopian society. Very similarly, Veronica Roth’s Divergent tells the story of a government that forcefully separates and controls its citizens. 1984 and Divergent both share the presence of harsh regulation and control from their respective governments. Orwell and Roth’s novels compare Ministries and Factions, conformity and obedience, Proles and the Factionless, and government regulation, in a similar, yet negative way.
It is difficult for them to hope to succeed in an area where so many before them have failed. The constant theme of betrayal in 1984 is being used by George Orwell to show how hopeless Winston’s struggle against the Totalitarian system is, giving the reader an idea of how bad this type of government is. The reader is introduced to this dark time and given hope in the form of the rebellious protagonist, Winston. However, the reader soon realises how hopelessly alone Winston is in his silent battle when they see that the government is against him, he has no support or allies, and that even his own mind can be turned against him. The message is clear and makes readers who live in a democracy happier with what they have.
Snowden doubt his role in government and finds his job is against human moral, exposing all the US secrets. Back to 1984, basically people had no privacy, otherwise you will be vaporized. Winston challenge big brother to have internal sexual with Julia and write diary, all of those disobey big brother’s law of privacy, it leads to his deadth.
Orwell conveys the limitations of the individual when it comes to doing something monumental like overthrowing the established hierarchy which is seen through the futility of Winston Smith’s actions that end with his failure instead of the end of Big Brother. Winston’s goal of liberating himself turns out to be hopeless when the people he trusted end up betraying him and how he was arbitrarily manipulated. It can be perceived that Winston was in fact concerned more about his own sanity and physical well-being because he gives into Big Brother after he is tortured and becomes content to live in the society he hated so much. Winston witnesses the weakness within the prole community because of their inability to understand the Party’s workings but he himself embodies weakness by sabotaging himself by associating with all the wrong people and by simply falling into the arms of Big Brother. Orwell created a world where there is no use but to assimilate from Winston’s perspective making his struggle utterly hopeless.
Due to the lack of freedom of thought by Big Brother people turned to thought in order to escape the brutal world. Any thinking outside of the designed thought of the Party was a “thought crime” (13). Thought about uprising, or any thought of hatred directed towards the Party was a crime. All thought was an act of rebellion. Winston commits many thought crimes throughout the book, and in the end, the Thought Police arrest him.
In my opinion, 1984 is not as correct as Brave New World. In 1984, Orwell claims that what we hate will opress us. I don´t think this is true. In Orwell´s society, everyone is opressed by inner parties and ¨Big Brother.¨ The fear is that ¨Big Brother¨ wil find you doing something out of the ordinary, and you will eventually be vaporized. This isn´t very accurate, in my point of view.
For example, when Winston is talking to Julia in his revolt against the party he says: “I hate Purity I hate goodness I don't want any virtue to exist anywhere. In the story O’Brien states, “the arrests, tortures, and the executions will never cease.” It is evident in this quote that O'Brien is able to see Oceania's doom (Howe, 293). The dystopia Orwell presents in the story 1984 creates fearful trauma within its’ readers. In Orwell's narrative the future dystopia has reached a point of no
Winston's Predicament in 1984 The dystopian world George Orwell created for 1984 is a bleak, emotionless place, grey shaded and foul smelling, full of hate and distrust. The humans that inhabit it do not live, they are simply expected to exist for the good of the sinister Party, a totalitarian government, while their leader gazes down at them from every wall, watching their every move. One of these humans, and our protagonist, is Winston Smith. His problems when simplified may seem like the problems of any other person: his lack of freedom, his repressed emotions and his desperate loneliness. These problems however, are exasperated by the society he lives in.
Orwell’s Book is less an examination of any kind of Utopia than an argument, carried on at a very high level of intellect, about power and corruption (113). In 1984 there are very many instances that someone is forced to make a decision by being scared into making the choice this is implied by Julian Symons (“Nineteen Eighty-Four Is About the Misuse of Power”). One instance in the novel rats were brought into a room in a wire cage and feeling the risk of being attacked by them Winston surrendered his adoration for Julia( Orwell 114). This novel is filled with absolute tyranny of a government who wants everything to favor them and they want it to seem as if they are never in the wrong. Throughout the novel they are constantly referring back to their dialect of Newspeak and how their language will be the dominate and no other dialect will be spoken in just a few short years one way that the novel is supported by this is Ms. Symons implemented this by telling us it is a smothering, stifling world in which to live.
Their forced ignorant perception of the world, including hatred for a plethora of other countries due to the fabricated past that they are taught, and common emotions make it possible for their society to survive on leader devotion, false victory, and hatred. In the world of 1984, written by George Orwell, indifference and hate toward others is what the government, the Party, thrives on. The rebel force, the Brotherhood, would like to annihilate the Party but not to change the outlook on life or on people. The main goal of the Brotherhood is put the people into different hands but with the same hatred and control. As an interview is being held for admittance into the rebellion the questions were gruesome.