1984 and Equilibrium - Battle for Individual Freedom

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Duhamel 1 Sarah Duhamel Mrs. K. Venturini ENG4U Friday, June 7th, 2013 Battles for Individual Freedom Dystopia is an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one (The Free Dictionary). Characteristics of a dystopian society are shown throughout George Orwell’s novel 1984, and in the 2002 film Equilibrium directed by Kirk Wimmer. Winston Smith, in 1984, is a lower ranked member of society, with an outer party member job. He is watched twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week through telescreens set up throughout Oceania. He always finds the Party’s omniscient leader staring back; also known as Big Brother. Winston becomes over-whelmed with all of the strict…show more content…
Goldstein is the “enemy of people”. This is called the “two minutes of hate”. Winston secretly rebels against the Party by having a diary and by having secret meeting with Julia, a young lady who also works in the Ministry of Truth building for the Junior Anti-Sex League. During one of Winston and Julia’s meetings in the Golden Country, Winston says, “I have purity. I hate goodness. I don’t want virtue to exist anywhere. I want everyone to be corrupt to the bones”(Orwell 127). One might argue that the rules of sexual relations and marriage the Party holds its members related to purity, virtue and goodness, but this relation is in the actions only, not on the emotion behind them. “Have you done this before? Of course. Hundreds of times-well, scores of times, anyway.” (Orwell 131). To achieve this goal of eventually defeating the Party, both Winston and Julia agree that they are willing “to lie, to steal, to forge, to murder, to encourage drug-taking and prostitution, to disseminate Duhamel 4 venereal diseases, to throw vitriol in a child's face” (Orwell 273). These are all characteristics of dehumanization Winston has to face. Similarly in the 2002 film Equilibrium directed by Kirk Wimmer the main character John Preston portrayed by Christian Bale faces dehumanization just like Winston. Preston is head of
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