1984, By George Orwell And Brazil, By Terry Gilliam

998 words - 4 pages

The book 1984 and the movie Brazil are very similar in some areas and different in others. The main characters in each story share almost identical traits, views and actions. Aside from the main characters being parallel, other aspects in the novel and movie are comparable. The two main subjects are depicted in each are government with absolute control and the people living under it.

The novel and the movie portray how life or the future would look like if the government had absolute and complete control over citizen’s lives. They picture life under the government control in detail by describing everyday life of two men.

Winston Smith who is the main character in the 1984 novel has a very complicated personality. A man named, Sam Lowry, is the lead character in the movie Brazil, but his personality is rather simple. What joins the two right from the beginning is that they are employees of their government.
Winston works for the Ministry of Truth where history is rewritten to fit the needs of the government, Big Brother. (1984)
Sam works for the Ministry of Information. (Brazil)

Winston from the beginning questions the role of the government even though he should be completely controlled by Big Brother, when Sam at first is overall happy with his job and life. Winston believes that the unfair nature of the government is wrong and he wants to rebel against it. There are many different ways that Winston shows his rebellious goals. At the beginning of the novel, he starts by writing in journal, which is strictly forbidden by the Party.
While he writes, his dislike towards the Party is so great that he writes “DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER”. (1984)
At first this scares him but he becomes braver and repeats writing this over and over. Sam at first has no anti-government thoughts he is almost taken there by mistake, when someone kills a fly on a government form causing an error in a person’s last name.

Winston knows that is impossible to escape the punishment for being disloyal, but he continues taking actions that shows great discontent with the party. All these actions are very secretive, but he knows that the Big Brother will eventually discover his crimes. Now he falls in love with Julia. The party does not allow love and any pleasant experiences, but he continues secretly seeing Julia and the thought of being caught is always with him. Sam Lowery also falls in love, but with a girl that he has been dreaming about. In Sam’s society even pleasant daydreaming is not allowed. In the end both characters are being tortured because they fell in love.

During Winston’s affair with Julia, he also becomes a member of Brotherhood, a group that fights the oppressive government. When Winston by choice becomes a member of an anit-government group, Sam again takes a stand against the government but by accidental circumstances. He encounters a real terrorist when he comes to fix Sam’s air conditioner using last name...

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