1984 And Anthem Comparison

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There are many forms of government used throughout the world and in literature, some better than others. Anthem by Ayn Rand and 1984 by George Orwell are two novels have the same type of government and are similar in how they operate. The governments oppress the people to keep power and control using aspects like relationships and language/thoughts. Tyrannical governments take away individuality and freedom to keep control over society
One way that the governments keep control is through relationships. In Anthem, Equality constantly refers to another person as ‘they’ and as himself as ‘we’. There is no ‘I’ or ‘he/she’; these pronoun differences enforce the belief of the importance of the whole society versus the individual. They aren’t even
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The first sentence(s) of Anthem is, “It is a sin to write this. It is a sin to think words no others think and to put them down upon a paper no others are to see.” In 1984, you could be arrested by the thought police for getting caught thinking something that you’re not supposed to. The governments in both books take away the right to think whatever you want, and the right to write against the government/or at all. Winston also finds a diary in a store and has to position himself away from the telescreen so he won’t get caught when he wants to write in it. If he does, the thought police would come and he would be abolished; like he never existed in the first place. Winston also lives in a world with Newspeak, which is the official language of Oceania. Newspeak cuts down language, so it limits what people are able to think and say. Equality is a quick learner and likes to learn, which is frowned upon in their society. He even builds a box to hold electricity, which isn’t something that his society has. Instead of feeling admiration or curiosity, the council is afraid and angry. They’re not even aloud to have preferences for anything. The government takes away the freedom of thought/opinion to keep tight control and power. Otherwise, they would put themselves at risk for a person or a group of people to band together and try to overthrow them.
Tyrannical governments take away individuality and freedom to

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