Clockwork Orange and 1984

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The idea of a society being controlled, and, or one that is in a state of dystopia is most definitely present in George Orwell's 1984. The story takes place in Orwell's perspective of 1984, and revolves around the life of Winston Smith, a writer for the government. It is made clear through Winston's everyday life that the people of London are being controlled by the government, and that everything is really not what it appears to be. The government is faking a war, and the society has become dependent on its government. Likewise, in Anthony Burgees A Clockwork Orange, the very same impression is made as far as society being manipulated. However, in contrast to 1984, the society in A Clockwork Orange are in fact made to feel as though the war is right at home, with themselves. With the absent feeling of authority, the people of yet another future based London must rely on the government to feel safe.

Realistically, it would be quite possible for a nation to oppress its society through utilizing fear as its source of control. If an entire society feels threatened or in danger, then dependence on the government will most likely soon follow. In George Orwell's 1984, Winston Smith seems to be one of few who actually has an idea of what's going on, and it is through him that the true methods of the government are exposed. Furthermore, Burgee's A Clockwork Orange demonstrates the same idea, but with in slightly different manner. It is through the protagonist Alex that the government's technique's of control are uncovered. Essentially, it is made horribly apparent that a government can become relied on and controlling through putting fear into its people. This is made clear simply by viewing the way each society functions, and how the public acts in everyday life. In addition, if it weren't for the protagonists and their way of thinking, it would not be so apparent as to how the government is actually doing this. Finally, both characters eventually serve...
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