Analysis Of Fritz Lang 's Novel ' 1984 ' And ' Metropolis ' Essay

1146 Words Oct 10th, 2015 5 Pages
In George Orwell’s satiric novel 1984 (1948) & Fritz Lang’s metropolis (1927) both composers demonstrate similar ideas which can be linked to their contexts, despite the time gaps, condemning physical control of people and society. Fritz Lang warns of the consequences of rapid tech expansion on human lives through the machine age, closely followed in 1984 George Orwell cautions against totalitarian regimes, surveillance and the role of technology within this. Fritz Lang’s epic German expressionist silent film ‘Metropolis’(1927) raises ideas in its post-world war 1 context such as loss of identity, and the redefining of society after Germany lost the war. “They felt embarrassed that they started the war and lost it” this quote demonstrates how Germany felt after the lost the war which they started. The context of post WW2 is portrayed in Orwell’s 1984 (1948) employing the fictional ingsoc and the symbolic Big Brother taking over control of society, Orwell urges his audience to understand the dangers of communism with the example of Stalin’s brutal rule over Russia. This is challenged through the character of Winston who believes that he can retain his own identity but seems to lose his own outer identity (what he portrays to the world).

Paragraph 1-Physical Control
Physical control restricts the lives and liberty of humans. Lang’s Metropolis portrays a society in which the workers or “hands” are kept under a state of physical control both by their social status and the…

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