1984 And Anthem Comparison

Improved Essays
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
…show more content…
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

Related Documents

  • Improved Essays

    The government thinks that if there aren’t any books, which contain dangerous information that can cause people to question and think about their lives and how the government is controlling them, then there won’t be any threat for the authority's power. To achieve this goal, while the the despot government doesn’t let people to read books that contain significant information, it also “Cram[s] them[citizens] full of noncombustible data, chock[s] them so damned full of ‘facts’ they feel stuffed but absolutely ‘brilliant’ with…

    • 1310 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    1984: A Dystopian Society

    • 1120 Words
    • 5 Pages

    The entire country has been brainwashed to think only of the government’s positive reinforcements, and not of their controlling motives. They restrict any real type of intimate relationships between people because you could contract feelings and now you think for yourselves, and not how the government wants you to. The same type of utopian faux can be seen in the short story Harrison Bergeron where people were forced to be handicapped if they were more or less equal than someone else. In this society, “They were burdened with sashweights and bags of birdshot, and their faces were masked, so that no one, seeing a free and graceful gesture or a pretty face, would feel like something the cat drug in” (Vonnegut). The citizens are taught to think that everyone being equal is what they are fighting for, but in reality, it is just unnecessary handicapping while a select few stay in control.…

    • 1120 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Fahrenheit 541, written by Ray Bradbury, is a fictional society where Hakuna Matata is taken to the extremes with the added features of technological advances and books are illegal. Books are illegal because for their valuable lessons written in them and so there are no controversies going on between people. Guy Montag lives in the twisted, machinery controlled government system. Montag is to Mildred and is a fireman who burns instead of putting out fires. Having possession of books is punishable by death and fire to all personal belongings.…

    • 1235 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    1984, by George Orwell is about a futuristic Utopian society in which the government controls every aspect of their citizens lives. Whereas in Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley, he writes about a society that is also controlled completely by their government, but with much more leeway. Through reading these books, it is much easier to visualize Brave New World as a society that that has the possibility of flourishing, even if everything they do is monitored. It is a society that most people would rather live in because they want to feel happiness, and freedom. In both books the reader can really witness how society and a controlling government can mess with a person 's sanity, and their entire life.…

    • 1576 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    These vague rules that could be modified at any time made the people fearful of doing anything, even being smart. The is shown when Winston says “Unquestionably Syme will be vaporized (54). The narrator later says, “He [Syme] said things that would have been better left unsaid, he read too many books, he frequented the chestnut cafe…”(55). Being too smart isn’t technically against the rules of Oceania, however it is cause to be terminated. Nitpicking rules like such as these are the reason people were fearful.…

    • 770 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Bradbury explores many themes throughout Fahrenheit 451 such as censorship, the decline of thought, and conformity. Since there are no books in this society, nobody really thinks anymore and this makes them susceptible to control. The censorship of books causes them to become almost completely devoid of thought, and what they do think about are trivial things such as weather, cars, and TV. Bradbury shows us this future, so that he can show us what our increasing reliance on technology could make us become. He sets out to show us that without critical thinking we become shells of what we once were.…

    • 1438 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Above all, they are too busy having fun that they have no time to think for themselves and ask questions. Throughout the whole novel, it is prohibited and consequential to read books and worse to own books, which shows how the society is allowing their government to suppress knowledge to control the community. In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the main suppression of knowledge comes from not knowing how to handle the androids. Within the community they are told that the androids are bad and emotionless because they escaped slavery, but they are not…

    • 1069 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    This shows that the government is very afraid of people gaining knowledge to overthrow them. Also, Faber describes to Montag “[i]f you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you 'll never learn” (Bradbury 100). Faber is talking about how a person learns: by making mistakes and trying to avoid the same mistake. Faber says that a person 's skills become sharpened through repeated attempts and repeated efforts to avoid being "hit". This relates back to “you 'll never know until you try” because Montag is trying to make a change in society and attempting the impossible, even if it means throwing away everything he owned.…

    • 1033 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    When our thoughts and actions are controlled by someone or something else, we don’t have the power to think for ourselves or use that power to do anything worth of meaning. In the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, this way of manipulation is the way of life. The things to gain knowledge and thoughtfulness is in books. They are burned by firemen who are controlled by the government and the students have useless facts and information and the answers given to them so they don’t have the energy or passion to think for themselves. The movie made by Truffaut, Fahrenheit 451, sheds a similar light of the plot.…

    • 892 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    The government could not force him to remember such rules, but the society embedded into Winston’s mind, that there is a consequence for standing alone and showcasing your individuality. To conform with society 's wishes, Winston masked his emotions, thoughts, and anything that may give him away. Also, upon meeting Julia (Winston’s love interest), the first thought that popped into his mind was “... the piece of glass in his pocket should be heavy enough for the job” (101). Winston contemplated killing her because she brought out his feeling of desire. One may think the government was at fault for such an outrageous thought; however, the Oceanic society has warped Winston’s mind into believing that any form of emotion is a thoughtcrime.…

    • 1214 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays