The novel 1984 takes place in a dystopian society in which everyone is treated equal, and the government has complete control over every aspect of a person’s life. This is much like the novel Anthem. In both books, all the citizens of the societies are equal, punishments are very strict, and the government has absolute power over all people.
In 1984, every is treated equal. People in the country of Oceania cannot have friends, they have comrades, because everyone is equal in the eyes of big brother. This is much like the citizens in Anthem. The citizens of this society also cannot have friends, they must treat everyone the same and they are not supposed to like one person more than another.
In both novels, crimes are punished very severely. In 1984 any person who is convicted of committing a “thought crime” is “vanished”. This is when the thought police kill the person and any record of their existence is completely erased from history. In the Anthem, crimes are also punished severely. In this society, any person who breaks a rule, or does something that the council does not tell you to do, that person is sent to prison. Or if the council finds the crime to be too serious, the person is burned at the stake in the town square.
Another way both stories are the same, is the way the government has complete control over all the citizens. In 1984, the ministries are in complete control of rationing food, punishing crimes, and what is allowed in the media. These ministries are very much like the councils in the Anthem. The councils are in charge of creating all laws, punishing crimes, and choosing jobs for all the citizens of the society.
In conclusion, all the citizens of the societies are equal, punishments are very strict, and the government has absolute power over all people in both 1984 and Anthem. These are only three of the many numerous ways that these two novels are similar.
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