The Matrix And George Orwell Similarities

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In 1949, George Orwell wrote 1984, a stunning novel envisioning haunting images of the future. Fifty years later, The Matrix, a movie directed by the Wachowski brothers, debuted on the big screen featuring mind-blowing special effects and complex kung-fu choreography. There are many obvious similarities between these two works of fiction. For example, both 1984 and The Matrix are dystopian visions of the future, which is to say, both deal with the maintenance of an imperfect society. The word dystopia is the antonym of utopia, which itself means a perfect society; therefore, a dystopia is theoretically a society of total misery and wretchedness. Despite the many similar "dystopian" elements found in these two pieces, there are still... View More »

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In fact, the movie also explicitly says that our world right now is an imperfect society and hints that our society could never become utopic because "human beings define their reality through misery and suffering. So the perfect world was a dream that your primitive cerebrum kept trying to wake up from"(The Matrix). By choosing an imperfect person as the protagonist, the director/author is able to remind the reader that the protagonist is only human, not perfect.
Certainly there are many similarities in these two fictitious works; however, upon closer analysis, there are more differences than similarities. First of all, in 1984, the enemy to the public is their own government, and consequently, themselves. In contrast, the enemy in The Matrix is artificial intelligence. And although artificial intelligence is man-made, there is still a distinction between friend and foe because all the enemies are machines or programs whereas in 1984, it is hard for the protagonist to tell whether anyone is part of the Thought Police or not. And it is because of this inability for one to tell between friend and foe that Winston gets caught--by trusting Mr. Charrington.
Secondly, it is not the underground society which seeks the protagonist in 1984 as it is in The Matrix; it is Winston who, through the course of the novel, is always searching for the Brotherhood but never finds it. In fact, as far as the reader knows, the Brotherhood might not even exist. By emphasizing the obscurity and evasiveness of the Thought Police in 1984, Orwell is giving the reader a sense of Winston's ...

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