There are awfully similar moments between George Orwell’s novel 1984, and Terry Gilliam’s film Brazil. The perspectives of governments in both plots are surprisingly similar because both stories have fascist governments. Both governments are similar in their ways of controlling their citizens, solving their problems and both can connect to a real life growing concern of government control in Europe.
Orwell’s government is one of which is purely fascist but their only goal is thought control. To the Ingsoc party, nothing but the control of thought matters. This is because they strongly believe that once the thought of people is controlled, everything else can be too. Psychologically the government uses telescreens to monitor actions of citizens and to remind them that they are continuously being watched. The instrument (the telescreen, it was called) could be dimmed, but there was no way of shutting it o? completely (Orwell, 1). The government used these telescreens to monitor the actions of its citizens, to ensure that the people do not violate any of its totalitarian rules, the telescreens would pick up both audio and visual evidence. Furthermore the telescreen was also used as propaganda in which the government would speak into a microphone that will dispatch their message to every telescreen in Oceania. Thinking deeper into the picture, the party controls citizens when they are young and lead the young indicting children into an organization called the Junior Spies. Nearly all children nowadays were horrible. What was worst of all was that by means of such organizations as the Spies they were systematically turned into ungovernable little savages, and yet this produced in them no tendency whatever to rebel against the discipl…
…, because it shares a trait of totalitarianism in the modern day, when most expected things like this to only happen fifty to a hundred years ago. Thus the governments are similar in their ways of controlling their citizens in all three cases. Regardless of the dates that the two stories were published, events that the stories depict are still happening today.
“Germany, France and Spain ‘were all spying on citizens’.” The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group, 11 Aug. 2001. Web. 27 Mar. 2014. .
Orwell, George, and Erich Fromm. 1984: a novel. New York, N.Y.: Signet Classic, 19611949. Print.
Brazil. Dir. Terry Gilliam. Perf. Jonathan Pryce Robert De Niro Katherine Helmond Ian Holm Bob Hoskins Michael Palin Kim Greist. Universal Studios , 1985. DVD.