Dystopian Fiction Comparison

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Three stories, three totalitarian worlds, three different endings. ‘Harrison Bergeron’, ‘1984’ and ‘V for Vendetta’ are all set in a dystopian world that seems to have no hope. All of the governments in all three of these stories are aiming to have complete power. The differences between these worlds are in the way the people are being controlled, how the corruption started and the ways people rebel. The possibilities or rebelling mostly depend on the ways they are being held captive and controlled. The methods of the government often are shaped by how they came into power. This means that no two stories are exactly the same, each one is unique in its own way. In the short story ‘Harrison Bergeron’ everyone has been held back with handicaps. Everyone is thought to be equal; they are brought down to the lowest possible level. People who are stronger are chained to weights. People who are smarter have earpieces that blast out loud noises to stop them from thinking, beautiful people wear masks so they don’t stand out and etc. The people are no threat as they are tired, weak and unable to think for themselves. This is slightly similar to ‘1984’ in which the people are dumbed down by their language and unable to think for themselves. Any time they feel like something is wrong, the thought police come and take you away; this is also similar to ‘Harrison Bergeron’. The movie ‘V for Vendetta’ is different from these two and is run by the government party called Norse Fire. Instead of dumbing down its people, Norse Fire focuses on keeping fear and ignorance high, they have full control of the media and greatly take advantage of that. Norse Fire gained power in the confusion of an epidemic; they gained the trust of the people by giving them a cure to this killing disease. But one thing the people don’t know is that the virus was caused by the Norse Fire party
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