Comparing and Contrasting 1984 and V for Vendetta

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Comparing and Contrasting 1984 and V for Vendetta

The novel 1984 and the graphic novel V for Vendetta have similar views on how society is being run. However V for Vendetta was based on 1984 since 1984 was written before V for Vendetta. Both of these novels are similar in a way like the themes and how the male protagonists are the one in charge of overturning the government.
The first similarity between 1984 and V for Vendetta is that the society is being run by totalitarian rule. It is the government that controls the lives of the people and how the society should be run. In 1984, ‘Big Brother’ aka the Inner party, is the figure that keeps an eye on the people and uses telescreens to watch their movement while in V for Vendetta;
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Both two governments need to have the support of the people to operate as the citizens are the majority of the country and if brain washed well, won’t have to worry about rebellion (the governments are set in England in 1984 and V for Vendetta. However the difference between how the inner party and the Norsefly party use propaganda is different as the inner party tend to use lies to tell the people about its development and all the good news while the Norsefly party improvise and not tell directly to the people about any incident like the bombing of the parliament.
Another similarity between 1984 and V for Vendetta is the relationship between the protagonist and the girl. In 1984 Winston Smith had a relation with one of the party member, Julia. In V for Vendetta there was also some sort of relationship between V and Evey. The relationship between Winston Smith and Julia tends to be more in love and sex while the relationship between V and Evey is more or less about friendship and sibling type. Another thing in common between the relationships is the age gap between the opposite sexes as the male characters are older than the female characters. However the contrast between these relationships is that; Winston and Julia stays together most of the time in 1984 and in V for Vendetta, V and Evey are mostly separated the whole time.
The setting
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