Free Thought and Tyranny
We watched the video interpretation of George Orwell's "Animal Farm" in class the other day and it was truly astonishing to see the connections with "1984" and political life today.
With regards to "1984", Orwell clearly displays a correlation with "Animal Farm" and harsh political tyranny. Both literary works illuminate the corruption that comes with too much power or influence. Napoleon the pig becomes just as despotic as man when the animals trust him with power. Likewise, in "1948", Big Brother displays total corruption and lack of interest in individual liberties. Both reveal that absolute power has an uncanny tendency to corrupt absolutely.
It is also interesting to notice the manipulation evident in both pieces, which is also clear in modern politics. It is apparent that potent rhetoric and correct phrasing of ideas go a long way in manipulating constituents. And so in truth, Orwell is trying to deliver a message of caution. We must be wary of the media's presence and political influences that form the world we live in. If we do not take necessary, individual precautions, we may become subject to the same thought control and dictatorship that those in Orwell's novels endure.