Comparison Essay

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“People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.” But in the novel 1984 by George Orwell and the film V for Vendetta directed by James McTeigue, both governments use methods such as monitoring civilian lives and the distortion of historical facts in order to prevent civilians from having freedom of self-thought and to prevent civilians from knowing their government’s faults. Both governments use these methods in order to emphasize how they’re ready to take any action if they feel threatened so they can maintain ultimate power
In the novel 1984, Big Brother monitors its civilian’s lives through the ThoughtPolice, “telescreens,” and the Junior Spies in order to prevent them from speaking their thoughts to others. There were occasions where Winston, the main character, thought he committed a crime and Big Brother would come for him. In the first occasion, Winston found himself writing “DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER,” in his diary, even after realizing he had committed thoughtcrime, Winston continued to write in his diary, “They’ll shoot me I don't care they'll shoot me in the back of the neck I don't care down with big brother,” he then heard a knock on the door thinking it was the ThoughtPolice. There was also the occasion where Winston finds himself wandering in his thoughts during the Physical Jerks, the lady in the “telescreen” notices and pulls him back to reality by calling him to do better in his exercises. Also towards the end of the book, when Winston is captured, Mr. Parsons walks into his cell, Winston asks him why and who denounced him, Parsons tells him because of thoughtcrime and that it was his little daughter, who was part of the Junior Spies. The Junior Spies is an organization that Big Brother created so that children can monitor their parents and turn them in if being disloyal to Big Brother. Big Brother uses the ThoughtPolice in a way to have civilians in fear and paranoia as it is conveyed with Winston and the incident of thinking the ThoughtPolice was coming for him. Big Brother also uses “telescreens” and the Junior Spies to remind civilians that Big Brother is always watching them, including at their homes, the place where the reader would think civilians are safe of free thinking.
In the film V for Vendetta, Adam Sutler also monitors civilian’s lives with a curfew, “Fingermen,” the controlling of the shows broadcasted in civilians’ “teles,” and surveillance cameras and vans. In the opening scene of the movie, one of the main characters Evey, was going somewhere when “a yellow coded curfew” was passed, two “Fingermen” where going to arrest her because she was violating the code. Adam Sutller tries to prevent civilians from sharing their thoughts with others with this curfew that he created and the “Fingermen” just help emphasize the idea that if you break this rule you will pay for it. The civilians also have “teles” and the shows broadcasted are controlled by Adam Sutler, one can...

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