George Orwell And Fritz Lang's Novel 1984 And Metropolis

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"Orwellian" is a term used to describe a situation, idea, or societal condition that George Orwell identified as being destructive to the welfare of a free and open society. Through the comparative study of George Orwell’s prose fiction Novel “1984” and Fritz Lang’s German expressionist film “Metropolis” it is demonstrated that the reign of Totalitarian governments and technology has the power to over-run and remove civil liberties. These two composers similarly share the ethics for which society has the freedoms of individuality and free will. In context, Lang reflects the anxieties of the Weimar Republic of Germany, under the stresses following the First World War, highlighting the consequences of rapid industrialisation and the subsequent …show more content…
Its misuse essentially eliminates any possibilities for individual free thinking .In the novel the ultimate symbols of power are Big Brother and The Party. This symbol strikes both loyalty and fear in the people. They worship this icon, but are continually kept afraid of his power. His existence is never confirmed, but as long as the Oceanian society gives into their fears, he can never die and will act as an embodiment of the party inevitably. Repeatedly mentioned throughout the novel is the omnipotence of government propaganda where under the face of “the black moustachio’d” leader of which through close resemblence is the allusion to Hitler, the slogan “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU” engulfs the minds of the people. In order to implant slogans such as these and the well known “War is Peace,Freedom is Slavery and Strength is Ignorance” it is advertised in abundance. The oxymoron of the terms used within the second slogan shows how by weakening the independence and strength of individuals’ minds and forcing them to live in a constant state of propaganda-induced fear, the Party is able to believe what is fed to them, even if it is entirely illogical. As this slogan is introduced early on the audience is introduced to the notion of …show more content…
Lang’s exploration of the authoritarian regime workers reflects the exploitation of the workers. A complimentary scene that resembles the dehumanisation of workers is through the use of directorial power and attention to architectural form in the opening scene. The mis en scene to this introductory sequence is desolate correlating with the monotone, minimal attire of the workers. The tunnels are lit by artificial fragmented lighting where the shadows are imposing. The tone generated resembles the negative emotions resonating from the workers and essentially highlighting the impact of the long workers hours which during this time the Weimar Republic introduced 48 hour weeks and minimal holiday periods. A The movement of the workers is robotic and in unison in combination with costuming they become Prison-like to show the dehumanisation and destruction of their individuality. They are seen as a collective body rather than

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