1984, V for vendetta

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Destruction of Individuality

        George Orwell’s  1984 and the movie V for Vendetta both demonstrate a similar theme of the totalitarian government and the perils that follow with such system. In 1984, Orwell portrays the destruction of humanity by using different symbols such as the thought police, Big Brother, and telescreen. Likewise, the movie V for Vendetta depicts representations of the manipulation of the British parliament by employing the Fingermen, Norsefire Party, and BTN. These three symbols in each work render an idea of how the authority can take over the privilege to claim one’s desires and individualism physically, intellectually and emotionally.

        Orwell and James McTeigue portray the physical torture one may be with afflicted from the totalitarian government in their works. In the novel 1984, the thought police report anyone who is caught committing “thoughtcrime.” When a person exhibits disapproval or distaste that shows that he or she is going against what the Party claims, they are accused of “facecrime” and eventually vaporized from the Party. “A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering yourself” (62) are key signs that notifies the thought police to detect how an individual emotionally feel inside. By making the people strive to survive and stay away from committing “facecrime,” the Party is physically torturing the citizens by coercing them to restrain their facial expressions. Similarily, the identical type of police exists in V for Vendetta known as the Fingermen. When Evey breaks the curfew, the Fingermen legally gain the power to decide how they should punish her. Although she manages to avoid this punishment from V’s assistance, they ultimately intend to rape her and kill her, which blatantly pictures the physical torture the Fingermen afflicts on people. Evey says to V “They were going to rape me, kill me…” after he saves her. As people in these two works endeavor their best to evade from any physical agony, they start to lose their identity and their power to dream their aspirations.

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        Moreover, these two works portray how an individual is intellectually manipulated through the government’s false announcements. The enormous telescreen in every citizen’s room reports a continual stream of propaganda. The telescreen blasts the country’s shortcomings and failures and makes them appear as triumphant successes that the Party accomplished. While Winston is at the cafeteria, the telescreen announces that there would be no reduction of chocolate; however, “Winston was aware, the chocolate ration was to be reduced from thirty grams to twenty at the end of the present week” (39) but other citizens accepted and were intellectually controlled by this spurious ...

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*** 3 STARS Good, detailed exploration of three main similarities between 1984 and V for Vendetta. Writer clearly knows and understands both works well. Lapses in expression throughout sometimes hinders understanding. Good conclusion.