Animal Farm/V for Vendetta

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_Cross-Comparative text study_

V for Vendetta - Animal Farm

In many great texts concerning the politics, it can be observed that the context in which the piece was created greatly influences the ways in which values and themes are presented and the form in which it is produced. Major ground shaking events have the power to transform paradigms of individuals and whole societies, and in turn morph and influence the themes a text created in the same time period implores. Warner Brother's 2005 film "V for Vendetta" and George Orwell's 1945 novelette "Animal Farm" both deal with concepts present in the political climates of their times and the problems associated with them; the cost of apathy towards injustice, propaganda and its influence,
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His silence in the face of the pig's corruption is broken only at the novel's climax as his friend Boxer is driven off to the "knackers" in a truck the other animals believe to be transporting him to the vet. "Fools! Fools!" he shouts furiously, "Fools! Do you not see what is written on the side of that van?" The animals can't read the writing of course, but Benjamin could all along, as he could read Animal Farm's constitution being changed overnight. Benjamin saw the dark path that the revolution was taking and in its early phases had the ability to turn it around. But the apathy he showed landed all of animal farm manipulated and trapped in a position where resistance was futile and the pigs could rule with an iron fist. Benjamin was cynical with his belief that "Life would go on as it had always gone on - that is, badly" but in the same way he was a realist, as in the end of animal farm things did continue as they always had - badly. It is questionable whether Animal Farm's revolution, and the revolution of its allegory counterpart would have reached a different outcome in Benjamin, and those smart enough to sense the corruption had discarded their apathy and made their awareness known.

V for Vendetta similarly deals with the concept of public apathy in the face of social injustice. Set in a future dystopian England, where a totalitarian government has come to power and dominates all
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