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What do you find most horrific about Orwell’s vision of society in 1984 and Animal Farm.

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What do you find most horrific about Orwell's vision of society in 1984 and Animal Farm. To answer this question with total understanding as to Orwell's vision, we must first be aware of his personal feelings towards the revolution that took place in Russia, and translate it to, in 'Animal Farm', the rebellion of a group of farm animals. And in '1984' Watson's need of rebellion. Orwell's vision of society in both novels is one of totalitarianism, one of a dictatorial one-party state that regulates every realm of life. In writing 'Animal Farm' and '1984' Orwell mocked the Russian Revolution by using political satires and ridicule to show the weaknesses of the Russian Revolution. In 'Animal Farm' Napoleon is used to symbolise Stalin in a simple way so the general public can understand the motivations, and history behind the Russian Revolution. In the same way The Party is used in '1984'. In both novels a small minority of people/pigs are used to rule the general public. ...read more.

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It frightens me that one day the future could be like '1984'. '1984' quotes 'If you want to see a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - for ever.' I find this frightening because of the present world situation and the ever increasing possibility that the way of life inflicted on the animals of 'Animal Farm' and the public of '1984' could, in the near future be our lives. The idea of the thought police in '1984' or in 'Animal Farm' the dogs that represent the KGB of the Russian Revolution is terrifying because never having a private thought or emotion can destroy souls so much that eventually with enough torment to yourself you would become an empty robotic soulless body. In '1984' Orwell wrote 'Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.' ...read more.

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In both of these novels Orwell investigates human society. He searches for the truth - the political truth and facts, but also the truth about human greed and lust for power, and the way in which oppressed people can become too demoralised frightened - or blind to see what is staring them in the face - to rise up against their oppressors. It frightens me that in his investigation into the human race Orwell found that humans are violent, dictators with a dangerous lust for power. '1984' quotes, ' Power is not a means, it is an end. One does on establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution to establish the dictatorship.' 'Animal Farm' quotes, 'All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.' Although this quotation does not make sense it sums up Stalin's feelings towards equality because although in theory the point of a totaliterianist society is for everyone to be equal, in practise the Russian Revolution failed because that did not happen. . ...read more.

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