Pleasantville

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Analyse how Nineteen Eighty Four and Pleasantville imaginatively portray individuals who challenge the established values of their time. It is impossible for the individual who values freedom to be exultant in a society that is underpinned by rigid conformity. In the Novel “Nineteen Eighty Four” by George Orwell, a totalitarian future society is portrayed, through a man whose daily work is rewriting history and tries to rebel by falling in love. Whereas The film “Pleasantville” directed by Gary Ross, Two teenagers find themselves in a 1950’s sitcom where their influence begins to profoundly change the complacent world the portrayal how a dystopian and a utopian society, contest the value of time. The ironic comparisons are seen through…show more content…
Urban Decay is also used. Symbols are used throughout the text, they help us to represent an abstract idea or concept, big brother and the telescreen. These are significant as they help represent how someone is always watching. This is limiting societies actions and thoughts, through the use of fear of being caught and diminished. Throughout the streets of London, Winston sees posters everywhere showing a man gazing over down over the words “Big Brother is Watching You”, this had become the face of the party. No one actually knows whether he existed or not, but he symbolised the party in its public manifestation, his name ‘big brother’ suggests his ability to protect. But there is then the ironic comparison, that through numerous number of posters everywhere it is representing how he is also a threat, as you cannot escape his gaze. You begin to understand the totalitarian society created through manipulation, and how it is run on fear. The Society has become intolerable for an individual who values freedom, to be happy where the ideologies are crushed and manipulation is used to rewrite history, preventing anyone from ever knowing the truth. Overall, throughout 1984 and Pleasantville, the director and author portray how a society is supressed, lacking in individual freedom and how conformity is defied. Through knowledge and manipulated, a subtle but heavy handed atmosphere is created in ‘Nineteen Eighty Four’,
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