A Comparison Of A Clockwork Orange And 1984

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A Comparison of A Clockwork Orange and 1984 In futuristic literature one often encounters political systems that dominate and oppress. In George Orwell's 1984 and Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange, government control uses various methods to force the citizens to conform.

Brain washing was used for a common purpose in both stories, to forget and change the characters past actions. In A Clockwork Orange, brain washing was used after Alex had committed all his crimes, as a method of treatment for his violent tendencies. When Alex would cry for them to stop the horrible films, that he was forced to watch, Br. Brodsky said "We have to be hard on you, you have to be cured." (Burgess,86) This experimental treatment was being used full force, Alex being the gini pig.

The Charlie warned Alex before singing him up that "It's only in the experimental stage at the moment.

It's very simple but very drastic."(Burgess, 67) Alex's treatment turned out to be "successful" in the doctors eye's. He was cured of all his violence, left to the brutality of society that he could no longer deal with. In 1984 brain washing was a non-stop method of control used 24 hours everywhere Winston would go.

He and Alex were lead to a similar fate. Although the constant attempt by Big Brother to have total control over all citizens of Ociania by propaganda and telescreens did not work on Winston, the torture and room 101 let him understand "double think" and learn to love Big Brother. Big Brother could make him believe anything, "Then almost without a pause he wrote: two and two make five."(Orwell,239) A the end of 1984 Winston believed "He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother."(Orwell,256) Propaganda and brain washing can have positive and...