Comparison Of Dystopias In1984, And The Hunger Games

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“Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.” ─ George Orwell Through the years, governments have tried to control their people by using different tactics because having complete control over one’s people is the only way to remain in command. Furthermore, it is without doubt that citizens who are obedient and compliant are much easier to control than those who are defiant and rebellious. However, there is also a limit as to how much one can control his people. Totalitarian control is at the end of one extremity. Imagine living in a society where every individual is suppressed from having freedom because the government oversees all thoughts and actions. In this society, the citizens never question their authorities because anything found to be against the government is punishable by isolation, torture, and death. Moreover, imagine being convinced by the government that this is the most ideal way of life. Imagine believing that a society rampant with violence and poverty is idyll. This kind of life is a dystopia. Dystopias are often drawn in literary works to bring attention to real-world issues. Dystopian fictions portray the human ideologies of a utopia, presenting a world in which the perception of a perfect society is maintained through oppressive authoritarian rule. These dystopian elements are prevalent in George Orwell’s 1984, and Evan Ross’s The Hunger Games. In both novel and movie, the government subdues their citizens’

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