This is an essay with a comparison of Animal Farm to 1984.

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1984 vs. Animal Farm

In both novels Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm there are many similarities. Three main topics, which will be discussed in this essay, are: control, isolation, and rebellion. The governing powers in each society of the two novels use control and isolation as tools for suppressing rebellion 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 takes place near the eastern side of the world and it is separated into three areas: Eurasia, Eastasia and Oceania. These three lands are constantly at war with each other and are controlled by different governors. Winston lives in Oceania and the Party's leader is someone named "Big Brother". No one has ever seen this person before, but is said to exist. The Party abolishes every type of art including the art of having free will.

These abilities were destroyed, smothered, and obliterated through careful means, and anyone having them was stated insane, dangerous, and antisocial. To prevent these laws from being broken, the Party brainwash people and have "Telescreens" that can monitor everyone's actions and a security task force called "Thought Police" to enforce these laws with torture and pain.

"The Thought Police would get him just the same. He had committed, even if he had never set pen to paper, the essential crime that contained all others in itself. Thoughtcrime, they called it. Thoughtcrime could not be concealed forever. You might dodge successfully for a while, even for years, but sooner or later they ware bound to get you" (pg. 166)

The Thought Police are so feared that even Winston is afraid to break any of the laws. He knows he wants to write, but is already...