V for Vendetta/ 1984 Comparison Essay

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Comparative Essay Assignment

1984 And V for Vendetta

George Washington once said, “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” George Orwell’s satirical novel 1984 is based on the life of Party member Winston Smith, a free thinker, and his battle to restore humanity that has been snatched from the residents of Oceani0a since the totalitarian rule of Big Brother. V for Vendetta, a satirical film directed by James McTeigue, revolves around the actions of an antihero named V and his struggles to re-establish humanity in individuals by rebelling against the government’s rule. In both satires, 1984 and V for Vendetta the concept of humanity is exaggerated in the
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V becomes the ‘voice of the voiceless’ and picks up on the small portion of humanity that remains in London and manages to start a rebellion that overthrows the rule of Sutler, who has disregarded his people for far too long. Although these leaders may have been selfish in their acts, but V’s rebellion would not have been possible if it were not for the hostile situation between Creedy and Sutler and the sense of individualism within Inspector Finch. Therefore, the presence of humanity in the shape of individualism within Norsefire eventually led to its downfall. Sutler’s government is able to retain their own humanity and do not completely adhere to his ideologies. This presence of humanity and individualism in V for Vendetta allowed for the population to rise effectively and regain control whilst the exaggeration in the lack of humanity in 1984 made it impossible for Winston to successfully rebel and save Oceania. The exaggeration in the totalitarian government style is exactly what makes both the film and the novel a satire.

The humanity of the proletarian populations in 1984 and V for Vendetta is ridiculed to such an extent that it affects their potential to rebel against their tyrannical governments. In 1984, the proles are the only ones with any semblance of humanity in the sense of individualism left in them. Winston sums up the impossibility of them rebelling by writing in his diary, “Until they become conscious

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