Essay on George Orwell's "1984" vs. Ridley Scott’s ‘Blade Runner’

855 Words Dec 31st, 2008 4 Pages
Many futuristic texts depict grim and bleak worlds; however the author often tantalizes the readers with a taste of hope, only to systematically destroy it . Hope is defined as that that is wanted or desired is attainable, without hope there is no reason to live. Throughout the novel ‘1984’ by George Orwell there is an undercurrent of hope, of the possibility that things can improve in the future. However, by the end the text is completely bereft of hope. In Ridley Scott’s ‘Blade Runner’ we see a dystopia devoid of hope, where the only possibility of bettering your life is to move “off-world” and leave behind the now effete Earth behind.
At first glance it would seem that Orwell’s ‘1984’ is completely without of hope. Everything is
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Winston constantly wishes that this Brotherhood exists, and his hope for the future is hinged on the existence of Emmanuel Goldstein and this group. Unfortunately once again O’Brien taints this belief, it turns out the “Brotherhood” is an elaborate setup to catch thought criminals, and the reader is left wondering whether the “Brotherhood” actually exists. Ultimately Winston’s hope in this organization is mercilessly extinguished. The second character exemplifies Winston’s hope in the Proles; it is the woman that Winston sees from the antique shop window. This lady who is constantly singing and hanging up clothes represents Winston’s hope that one day the Proles will realize their power and rise up against Big Brother. Winston admits that the only potential threat to the party is the Proles, who make up 85% of the population. However, once again this source of hope is extinguished as Winston writes in his diary; “Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.” Orwell tantalizes the reader with a vision of a better future, only to tear it down moments later, leaving the reader with the originally presented grim world.
Ridley Scott’s ‘Blade Runner’ depicts a bleak and grim dystopia. The Earth has become depleted of its resources, and has been abused by the humans. They have adopted a virus-like lifestyle, using all…

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