A tragic situation exists…when virtue does not triumph but when it is…felt that man is nobler than the forces, which destroy him. –George Orwell
Freedom of speech, freedom of your own thoughts and actions, is our right to happiness. In our society today, we have all these rights, but imagine if we did not. Nineteen Eighty-Four written by George Orwell, and V for Vendetta directed by James McTeigue both emphasize the government in the future and the dystopian society. They both have corrupt governments that controls people every movement and thought. Throughout Nineteen Eighty-Four, Orwell gives the reader a sense of darkness and despair. V for Vendetta has many different authors techniques such as symbolism, allusion and allegory. Both the movie and the book have a feeling of deep hatred towards an unstoppable government. The movie best exemplifies the meaning of tragedy in many ways that will be given. Throughout many events in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, Orwell emphasizes symbolism by having “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU” everywhere Winston goes. The citizens are told that he is the leader of the nation and the head of its party. The face of big brother symbolizes the party in its public manifestation.
As for the film V for Vendetta, McTeigue shows the main character “V” as a rebellion who is against the society. McTeigue shows it in ways like his acts of terrorism to the destruction of the old Bailey such as V’s famous quote to Evey “This country needs more than a building right now, it needs hope”. Also V’s speech on the television shows how his point of view is different from society. McTeigue bases the movie on many different symbols such as the old Bailey, which is a high criminal court, therefore once it is destroyed, and it is then a symbol of freedom. It is similar to Nineteen Eighty-Four, but in the movie the control was the chancellor, the secret police and the channel BTN. It relates to the quote “fear became the ultimate tool in this...
Cited: Orwell, George. Nineteen Eighty-Four. Toronto: Penguin Books, 1949
James McTeigue V for Vendetta, 2006
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