1984, by George Orwell and Gattaca, by Andrew Niccol

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Nineteen Eighty-Four written by George Orwell and Gattaca directed by Andrew Niccol are prophetic social commentaries which explore the broad social wrong of a totalitarian government. Both texts depict a futuristic, dystopian society in which individuality is destroyed in favour of faceless conformity. Niccol and Orwell through the experiences of their protagonists reflect the impact isolation from society has on individuals. The authors of both texts also use their protagonists Winston, who cannot understand the rhetoric of the government party and Vincent, who is trapped, unable to achieve his dreams because of his imperfect genome, to demonstrate individual rebellion against society and explore the significant social injustices of a …show more content…
Orwell and Niccol also display individual rebellion through their protagonists. Both authors use the idea of rebellion to reflect that the social wrong of a totalitarian government creates discontent in individuals. Orwell, by foreshadowing Winston’s rebellion against “The Party” and his eventual demise strongly explores the idea of individual revolt against society. While in a dream Winston hears O’Brien say “we shall meet in a place where there is no darkness” foreshadowing Winston’s capture and torture in the “Ministry of Love”, where ironically the lights are never turned off. Through his ironic foreshadowing Orwell alludes to the reader that in an unjust totalitarian state “there is no darkness” and everything is surveyed, making individual rebellion impossible. In contrast to the impossible nature of rebellion presented by Orwell, Niccol shows that even in an oppressive dictatorial society individual rebellion is possible. Viewers are shown a montage of flashbacks revealing his protagonist’s early life, where it is established through the gates of a school being closed on him that he will be “locked out” of society due to his “faith birth”. Niccol then cuts to a scene showing Vincent having achieved his dream of working in the space station as a “celestial navigator”. The use of flashback montages is one way in which Niccol suggests to the viewer that even in the social wrong of an oppressive state, individual
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