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"Children of Men" vs "1984"

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Children of Men vs 1984 Both 1984 (W.H Auden) and Children of Men (Alfonso Cauron) explore the nature of dystopian societies. While Children of Men revolves around propaganda and warfare in an infertile world, it is 1984 focusing on an individual's rebellion against a totalitarian government which conveys a future at its bleakest. Government control and its impact on citizens is a theme used to portray a dystopian future of both texts. "Children of Men" conveys a future where the government controls the state of society and the actions of its citizens through the use of propaganda to whatever way they see fit. Obvious from the beginning of the film, as the audience is introduced to a city of urban squalor. Through dull lighting and the mise-en-scene the city takes on a third world appearance with rubbish strewn streets, primitive transportation and a thick polluted atmosphere as if it were set in the past rather than the future. ...read more.

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Hence if there are no words for a society express their feelings, the Party can abolish such feelings altogether, ensuring that its citizens only feel what the Party wants them to feel. Auden's highlights the extent of government control through the surveillance placed upon each and every citizen of Oceania society, from posters that "are so contrived that the eyes follow you about when you move" to "telescreens" that serve as viewing windows into the lives of every individual. This constant surveillance ensures the obedience out of every citizen, regardless whether it is out of fear or love. Another method used is "doublethink" which allows the Party to alter reality upon desire. If the Party requires 2+2 to qual 5 doublethink makes it so, coercively forcing its citizens into submission. Through Auden's portrayal of the extreme measures the Party performs in its incessant quest for power is a clear indication that 1984 portrays a much sinister government than that of Children of Men. ...read more.

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In 1984 however Auden has Winston, along with any hope for the future completely stamped out. The "Brotherhood" said to be the organisation leading the rebellion against the Party turns out to be nothing more than a fictitious ploy set up by the Party itself. Winston is captured, tortured and left "waiting for the bullet". Indeed the last words of the book are Winston confessing his love for the head figure of the party (Big Brother), "He had won a victory over himself. He loved Big Brother". It is through Auden's demise of Winston, along with all that he represented, that 1984 creates a dystopian world for which there is no hope for humanity. Through themes such as government control, the exploration and annihilation of hope Auden creates a truly dystopian vision of the future in 1984, a future much bleaker the that of Children of Men, which although coveys a dystopian society presents a possibility of change for the future, a possibility of hope. ...read more.

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There is some good points made about the film and how the world is represented in 'Children of Men'. There needs to be far more links made between the novel and the film you are analysing otherwise there is no value in looking at them both in the same essay.

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