V for Vendetta vs. 1984

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Freedom of speech, freedom of your owns thoughts and actions, the right to happiness. In our society today, we have all these rights, but imagine if we did not. 1984, written by George Orwell, and V for Vendetta, directed by James McTeigue, both paint accurately scary descriptions about the government in the future and the dystopian society. 1984, written in 1949, was intended to be a portrayal of the future and V for Vendetta, made in 2005, shows Britain in power in 2038. Both of these pieces of literature were not far off from their description. As every single year passes by, our own society starts to reflect images from these books. When the government has this much power over the people, the people rebel, but can they be a success or not?

1984, written by George Orwell, illustrates a perfect example of a dystopian government. The setting is in Oceania, Britain. The government is full of spies and secret police that carefully watch the common people for any mistake they might make that can harm the government in any way. As shown with Winston Smith, the protagonist of the novel and many other citizens in Oceania, the government manipulates these characters into their pawns. The government asserts their power over the people in many ways. They have large telescreens in the people’s houses. The telescreens show the government what people are doing at all times. It can be dimmed down, but can never be turned off. Although Oceania is well off in money, the government rations food. The government’s philosophy is that if the people are given too much to eat, then they will learn to think for themselves and will see all the atrocities that the government commits and rebel. All the records of the past have been omitted and destroyed and created all over again to fit the government’s beliefs and to show that the government is always right. Big Brother has its own secret police, the Thought Police. The thought police come at night to arrest you for having committed a thought crime, which is thinking anything against the government. When the thought police come for a person, they are taken away to the Ministry of Love, where they are tortured for the crimes they have committed. The use of torture includes electrical shock, starvation, being beaten up, being mercilessly questioned over and over again, and other means of physical, mental, and psychological torture. Knowing all this, Winston decides to get involved with a woman named Julia. He is sexually attracted towards her and so is she. Having a relationship with someone or even just being friends with someone implies that you will be loyal to them and perhaps even more loyal to them than to Big Brother. That is one of the things that the government will not tolerate. The people’s loyalty lies only to the government and nowhere else. One day, Winston and Julia are caught and they find out that even before their relationship started, they had been under constant surveillance. This shows that the government really does manipulate the people as pawns into their game. They had set a trap for Winston and Julia. This also shows the dystopian society that these people live in, where the government has so much power over the people. The people are helpless under the government and Big Brother controls their thoughts and actions.

In the movie V for Vendetta, Guy Fawkes is the inspiration for the coming revolution that grips Britain. On November 5, 1605, Catholic conspirators, including Fawkes, were thought to be attempting to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London, England, which is known as the Gunpowder Plot. V, the protagonist, uses Fawkes’ story as the mold for his revolution. Set in 2038, Britain is a totalitarian regime when V rises up. Shown as in a flashback, V is getting revenge for what the government has done to him. V was a victim in an experiment that the government was doing. The goal of the experiment was that since England had enemies, the government was testing...
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