There Is No I in Government: George Orwell´s 1984 Novel

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There is No I in Government
George Washington once said, “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.” With the ability to change society in vast directions, government is the controlling power of its people. Its power to control our nation’s economy and law are something to be feared. However, there are always more numbers in society than in government. Society is limitless, broad, and expanding. Government is small, limited, and finite. For this reason, the general population should hold no fear in guiding the government in its choices. 1984 written by George Orwell and V for Vendetta directed by James
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For example, the head of the Mouth manipulates the newscast to report that V’s terrorism upon the Old Bailey is a planned demolition, to reduce the spread of revolution. However, contrasts still remain even within these blunt comparisons. In 1984, the Inner Party does not limit itself to watch every single move of residents. Cameras are installed in every location, even in houses, to make sure citizens do not revolt. In contrast, the government in V for Vendetta is more permissive on its surveillance. The Norsefire party does not set up cameras in the houses of citizens, but there are still cameras in public properties. Furthermore, the police forces act on a different level in 1984 and V for Vendetta. The Finger’s secret police tried to abuse their power by attempting to rape and possibly kill a lonely woman who was straying at night during the story. Conversely, the Thought Police show no such vulgar act as they are devoted to the Inner Party. Incidentally, Big Brother is a mysterious figure whose true nature is unknown to the reader. It is not shown if Big Brother is merely a fabricated idea or a tangible human being. In contrast, Adam Sutler is a real person as shown, which allowed him to be shot in the head during the final scenes of V for Vendetta. Most importantly, while the Norsefire Party and the Inner Party are representations of totalitarian commands, the government in V for Vendetta is incapable of constraining radical beliefs before they spark. Since
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