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"The Lie of the Land" and "1984" Comparison

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"The Lie of the Land" and "1984" Comparison

Post by LastOfTheSonics on Mon 25 Sep 2017 - 19:45

Having rewatched both the Lie of the Land and the movie adaptation of George Orwell's 1984, I've noticed a few things that are quite similar, and genuinely I noticed them on the first rewatch of both. 

-The Memory Police are obviously based off the Thought Police.
-The concept of if a ruling party believe an idea, regardless how true it is, does that make it true anyway? (1984's concept of 2+2=5, Land's concept of the Monks being with humanity since the dawn of time)
-The scene with everyone gathering around the shop window is reminiscent of the Two Minutes Hate.
-The Doctor's alter-ego is similar to Emmanuel Goldstein. 
-The idea that someone is always watching (The Monks - Land, Big Brother - 1984)
-The protagonists of both stories were acting out of love or a strong emotion (Winston's romantic love for Julia, Bill's friendship with the Doctor)
-People who try to spread the truth end up arrested in Land, which is similar to Thoughtcrime in 1984.
-The protagonist isn't strong enough in the climax (Winston begs O'Brien to remove the rat cage from his face and do it to Julia, the Doctor isn't strong enough to defeat the Giant Monk)
-Both scenarios are dystopian. You wouldn't want to be in either situation. 
-"The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism" is similar to the Veritas.
-There are distinct social classes. 
-The Ingsoc logo is similar to the Truth posters. 
-Although not really a similarity story-wise, the main character Winston is played by John Hurt, who obviously also played the Doctor.
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