"Animal Farm" by G. Orwell.

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J.F. Kennedy once said: "The basis of an effective government is public confidence". Harrison Bergeron, the short story by Kurt Vonnegut and Animal Farm, the novel by George Orwell, teaches that government can manipulate and suppress opinions; can change from set to be; and the change of it doesn't always cause change in life.

In Harrison Bergeron, the government can manipulate and suppress opinions. When the Handicapper General-- Diana Moon Glampers-- kills Harrison Bergeron , "the Bergeron's television tube burned out" (pg. 8 of the story). This quote shows that the government can control its people's opinions by keeping them in the dark and not allowing them to have access to rebellious information. In this situation, the government did not allow the people to see or remember what the government did to Harrison.

In the novel Animal Farm, the government can change from what it was originally set to be.

For example, after some animals were killed for "receiving orders from Snowball", Clover walked away and thought to her self, "If she could have spoken her thoughts, it would have been to say this was not what they had aimed at when they had set themselves years ago to work for the overthrow of the human race(pg.85). " The government here, was originally democratic and the affairs were decided by voting. However, later it had become a totalitarian government no different from that of the human's.

The novel also shows that the change of government does not always result in change in everyday life. After years have past, "only old Benjamin professed to remember every detail of his long life and to know that things never had been, not ever could be much better or much worse-- hunger, hardship, and disappointment being, so he said, the unalterable law...