1984 And George Orwell's Thesis For Modern Culture

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The basis for human knowledge revolves around stories and lessons passed down over time, and many novels throughout history have both stood the test of time as well as sparked conversation within the present. One such novel 1984 written by George Orwell made a significant impact for its time and is still alluded to today. Orwell’s novel was one of the first dystopian stories that made waves in regards to society’s future. His book revolves around an unbiased and connectable character named Winston Smith, who finds himself questioning the validity of the government and its concern for the well-being of its people. Other novels that follow Orwell’s precedent are series such as The Hunger Games and Divergent as well as other media. Many works …show more content…
A seemingly innocent children’s movie may be revealed to share similar characteristics to Orwell’s darker version of an oppressive society. Parallels are drawn between the main characters of both pieces. In the film, “When the main character Emmet goes missing, his "friends" are interviewed on television about him and none of them know anything important about him. He simply exists as another face in the crowd”, this indicates that in Emmet’s society individualism does not exist. (qtd. in Hanlon) Present culture shares this issue as seen throughout history that the battle to have a public identity, and for it to be recognized by both society and the government has remained a daily struggle. In that way both the movie and the novel share a society where being ordinary and plain gets a thumbs up from the government. Orwell writes, "You did not have friends nowadays, you had comrades” (66.) The fact that both characters have no significance to other people within their worlds brings up the lost connection to their own humanity. This note which Orwell emphasizes has rooted itself in present culture. As technology and media grow they place barriers between people limiting human connection. This also connects to peoples distrust in the government and how influential it is in the everyday lives of the people. Another allusion in the Lego movie to 1984 deals directly media …show more content…
For instance another allusion to 1984 was made in the Muse’s album The Resistance which is based on Orwell’s book; most notably the song “Resistance” itself takes direct quotes from the novel. With Lyrics like, “Kill your prayers for love and peace; You’ll wake the thought police; We can 't hide the truth inside” there is no doubt of the connection being made between both pieces. In the book “Thought Police” are the ultimate arms of justice and convict people based on “Thoughtcrime”: or the action of even thinking about rebellion, etc. These excerpts add strength to the song and make the message more easily understood. As a whole this song of forbidden love and rebellion coincides with aspects of modern society. Only a short while ago same sex and interracial couples were not recognized by the government, yet people still tried to find ways around it. Segregation shows just how far the government was willing to go to keep people apart. Other sections of the song such as “Its time to run; Take us away from here; Protect us from further harm; Resistance” mirror Julia and Winston’s conversation, “You want it to happen to the other person. You don’t give a damn about what they suffer. All you care about is yourself” (Orwell

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