In the early twentieth-century, many people felt as if their societies were headed for a horrible downfall. With the Great Depression taking place, many people found great comfort in those individuals who rose to the occasion to help the people. Those such as Hitler, who promised jobs and a better life, also provided a scapegoat, just as Big Brother did in 1984, written by George Orwell. However, there were also those individuals who felt that the world was going to come to a rapid end if people did not learn to appreciate the things that had been given to them, as William Yeats speaks of in “The Second Coming”. In both pieces, the author has a very evident fear of the future and what is to come.”The blood-dimmed tied is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned”. As many currently see our society today, Yeats was in fear of what the future had in store, and felt it necessary to warn society of their abominable behavior. All of the good in the society has been taken over and overwhelmed by the horrible actions. No longer do ceremonies, or acts of kindness, take place, which Yeats believes is a direct effect of the loss of youth and innocence. “That twenty centuries of stony sleep were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle”. This quote from “The Second Coming” informs the society that if they do not begin to correct their transgressions against one another as a whole they will awake the anti-Christ. The anti-Christ will come to claim his Jesus and correct the predicament that they have gotten themselves in to.Also on its way to becoming very stagnant and progressing at a very slow rate economically, was the community in 1984. With all of the power in the hands of one individual, Big Brother, there were constant wars, withholding the economy at its current position. In the novel, there is an evident amount of those who have lost their individual self. People are no longer allowed to maintain personal beliefs and must believe what the party tells them to. “And if the party says that it is not four but five- then how many?” “Four.” (Orwell 273). By forcing the party members to say that two plus two equals five is an example of mental control.