Compare And Contrast 1984 By George Orwell

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In George Orwell’s best read novel, “1984,” an official named Winston Smith, who lives in a totalitarian government ruled by what Orwell called, “Big Brother.” The term is used for their omniscient leader, “Big Brother.” In relevance to today’s world, specifically speaking, we would not use that term of sense for our government ruler. There are certain similarities and differences between Oceania and our American society. In order to compare the two societies, here are examples from what Orwell would say about our century and his novel. Firstly, the term “Big Brother,” in “1984”, was used as a title for their leader, our ruler, etc. What they are commonly known as. In this situation our leader, was, is, and always will be, “The President.”…show more content…
The “Thought Police” are similar to how the government uses our private surveillances such as, phone records, emails, and wiretapping to know what we talk about and whom we talk to. Another example Orwell says, “The command of the old despotism was ‘Thou shalt not.’ The command of the totalitarians was ‘Thou shalt’. Our command is ‘Thou art.’ No one whom we bring to his place ever stands out against us”(255). He explains how in 1984, their depositions are less accurate than the original ones in our government. There are more similarities between our two societies, including lack of privacy, brainwashing, lack of concern for others that we do not associate with, and most importantly, the lack of creativity and thinking for one. What good is, “we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal...”(311), if not even the government cannot get the same unnecessary discipline we do? That is the most irrelevant declaration our government has forgotten throughout the years. As George Orwell would say, "War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slaver, Ignorance Is Strength"(104). Orwell would believe that our American society will never settle to be agreed on. It will always be in between, because our government can always change. Therefore, may it be a totalitarian government being over ruled or an American society, there will be common and uncommon events. Whether it is "Big Brother" or The President that is our leader we still have to obey them. We may have similarities and differences, but overall, our government/societies will always be alike no matter
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