A Dystopian Society In 1984 By Harrison Bergeron

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A dystopian society is a dehumanized civilization manipulated by the government into thinking life is perfect. Aq dystopia is the exact opposite of a utopia: it 's citizens are forced to conform to uniform expectations by the government, their thoughts and actions are always restricted and under constant surveillance, and propaganda is heavily used to persuade citizens that society is perfect. For example, in the dystopian novel, 1984 by George Orwell, the people all wear the same uniform and everyone’s thoughts are screened by the thought police. In “Harrison Bergeron” the citizens’ thoughts are controlled and maintained by the government as well. In contrast to these two stories, The Purge: Anarchy is a dystopian movie that takes place in …show more content…
Everyone is living under the same conditions so no one is more privileged than the next individual. In 1984 the leadership, the Brotherhood, has all citizens where the same blue uniforms (Orwell 6) so no one is more outstanding than anyone else. “Harris Bergeron” has all its citizens wear some form of handicaps to ensure they’re all literally one hundred percent equal. “Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else.” (Vonnegut 1) they’re citizens are equal in every which way. When it comes to The Purge: Anarchy, everyone in the movie is free to break the law and “purge to free the body of built sin.” (DeMonaco). All emergency response teams are shut down, and everybody is equally free to do any criminal activity they please. The dystopias in these stories all have different types of societies, but they’re all controlled equally in one way or …show more content…
The government, called the Brotherhood, in 1984 reminds everyone in the story that “Big Brother is always watching.” (Orwell 5) whether it’s by posting the phrase everywhere on billboards and billboards or repeating it at the end of every broadcast they have on their city-wide telescreens. The Brotherhood also uses corporate propaganda by placing the word “Victory” in all goods and products (i.e. victory gin and victory cigarettes) to insist to the people they’re winning the war against Eurasia when actually the fighting is only making things worse. The government in “Harrison Bergeron” let’s its society know they’re in control by transmitting their thoughts “into short bursts” (Vonnegut 1) of about 20 seconds. The government in this story uses technological control as an advantage to control peoples’ thoughts anywhere at anytime. In the movie The Purge: Anarchy the New Founding Fathers of America watch their citizens run for their lives through all the different cameras they have linked around the country.The NFFA uses philosophical control on its nation by broadcasting messages across the country in a woman’s soothing voice, when in actuality the messages come from a dictator. It’s clear that in dystopian societies the government uses many different varieties to control and observe its

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