In both novels Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm there are lots of resemblances. Three primary subjects, which will be discussed in this essay, are: control, isolation, and disobedience. The governing powers in each society of the two books utilize control and seclusion as tools for reducing disobedience to ensure their reign of the social authority for future years to come.
In Nineteen Eighty-Four, the government, also known as “the Party”, controls the society Winston lives in. This occurs near the eastern side of the world and it is separated into 3 areas: Eurasia, Eastasia and Oceania.
These three lands are continuously at war with each other and are controlled by various governors. Winston resides in Oceania and the Celebration’s leader is somebody called “Big Sibling”. No one has actually ever seen this individual in the past, but is said to exist. The Party abolishes every kind of art including the art of having free choice. These abilities were ruined, smothered, and eliminated through careful means, and anyone having them was stated ridiculous, harmful, and antisocial.
To avoid these laws from being broken, the Party brainwash people and have “Telescreens” that can keep an eye on everybody’s actions and a security job force called “Idea Police” to implement these laws with torture and discomfort.
“The Thought Police would get him just the exact same. He had actually dedicated, even if he had actually never ever set pen to paper, the vital crime which contained all others in itself. Thoughtcrime, they called it. Thoughtcrime might not be concealed forever. You may evade successfully for a while, even for many years, however sooner or later they ware bound to get you” (pg. 166)
The Thought Authorities are so feared that even Winston is afraid to break any of the laws. He knows he wishes to compose, but is already scared prior to he even starts. This is how the Celebration reduces the society.
Likewise, in Animal Farm, “control” is involved with its society too. The animals depicted in this novel represent human beings. The pigs are the smartest animals in the farm and they take control and manipulate the other animals to do their dirty work. Among the pigs, Napoleon, has actually taken the throne of power with force and he controls the farm by utilizing all the animals for his own benefit. Like Nineteen Eighty-Four, there are laws in Animal Farm, but as time goes by they are changed and shaped to his preference. To implement Napoleon’s lifestyle, he uses savage dogs (which he raises from birth) to suppress the society (the animals). The pet dogs are similar to the “Thought Authorities” in Nineteen Eighty-Four.
“All that year the animals worked like slaves. However they were happy in their work; they grudged no effort or sacrifice, aware that whatever they did was for the benefit of themselves and those of their kind who would come after them, and not for a pack of idle, thieving humans.” (pg. 51)
Napoleon and the Party are the very same. They both manage the society with manipulation or control and anyone who does not follow their rules, are dealt with.
Seclusion in Nineteen Eighty-Four, is displayed by the entire society itself. It can be translucented the laws of each land and how the wars in between them. The Party constantly informs the society false information to keep them where they are. It attempts to keep the population from leaving their land and transferring to another, even though it is difficult since every other land is equally separated. The society is continuously given false info about their land remaining in war with this one to terrify individuals. The Party tries to keep the society separated from other ones to make sure that no other power can topple them. For instance, if another land were to acquire a higher population, they would have more power and more control. Hence, showing the Celebration’s isolation.
“Once when he occurred in some connection to mention the war against Eurasia, she stunned him by stating delicately that in her opinion the war was not taking place. The rocket bombs which fell daily on London were probably fired by the Federal government of Oceania itself, “simply to keep individuals frightened”.” (pg. 154)
Just the very same, Animal Farm, is isolated. The animals take over the farm and they keep themselves away from the people. They even change the original name of the farm to “Animal Farm” once they have actually taken it over. The farm is separated from the remainder of the society. The animals in the farm are separated and even have their own governors. In the farm, the animals believe that all animals are associates and the only opponent against them is “male”. They thought that they were much better off without the people which they would live even much better lives than the humans.
“The animals mored than happy as they had actually never conceived it possible to be. Every mouthful of food was an intense favorable enjoyment, now that it was truly their own food, produced on their own and for themselves, not administered to them by a grudging master” (pg. 24)
The animals are isolated from the human beings and now that they are, they think that they are truly happier and efficient than they were in the past.
A number of the people in Nineteen Eighty-Four are persuaded and are made to believe that they are living a prosperous life. The people have no concept that the world they live in is in fact a lie, except for Winston, who believes otherwise. Inside his heart, he hates the Party even though he works for them. His work is to produce false information and deliver it to the society. Winston dislikes this, thus leading him to rebel. To fight versus the Celebration, there is a group led by a man called “Goldenstein” and the only function of the group is to stop the Celebration. In the end the rebellion is worthless and absolutely nothing in fact comes good out of it. Nothing can change the Celebration and nothing will.
“He was strolling down the white-tiled corridor, with the feeling of walking in sunlight, and an armed guard at his back. The long-hoped-for bullet was entering his brain? He enjoyed Huge Brother” (pg. 300)
Even though Winston has joined the disobedience, it is shown that it won’t be successful. The disobedience is proven that it won’t be successful in this quote. Winston represents the disobedience in basic and the bullet represents the Celebration. The bullet has gotten in Winston’s brain and has killed him, just like how the Celebration will eliminate the rebellion.
Likewise, Animal Farm has a defiant group. Like Nineteen Eighty-Four, the animals represented the rebels which “guy” represented the Celebration. “Male”, just like the Party, had total control over the farm. Then the animals decided it was time, and raged war with “male”. The distinction is that the animals did actually topple the federal government unlike the rebels in Nineteen Eighty-Four, however the rebels in both books still have the same objective.
“Male is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not provide milk, he does not ordinary eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he can not run quick enough to catch bunnies. Yet he is lord of all the animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will avoid them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself” (pg. 7)
The animals rebel for exact same reasons as Winston did. They are residing in a world where they are all mistreated.
To sum it up, there are many similarities in between Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm. Both powers in each novel have total control of the society, and utilize isolation and force to subdue them. This nonstop fight for control will never stop and any change will simply result in a big cycle leading back to the very same issues.