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Comparing Casablanca to 1984 How can a hero survive in a world gone mad Both Casablanca the classic 1940s film and hailed as the greatest movie ever by some and 1984 a piece of classic literature by George Orwell also seen as being one of the most important novels of the 20th century revolve around a world in chaos where no one trusts anybody else and a war wages on within and without In 1984 Winston hides from a totalitarian thought controlling government that is out to stomp out all aggression against the Party Rick dealt with a world rocked by the impacts of World War II where everyone was a spy and even the spies were spied on Both wish for hope and courage in their mutually exclusive worlds yet only Rick finds hope in his Winston dies with utter hopelessness where no one will ever know of his life or deeds yet he dies a hero Rick is a cynic tossed into a chaotic yet romantic world and comes forth victorious In Casablanca we emerge with a feeling of hope and joy that the forces of good can win and that eventually we will triumph over our enemies wherever or whatever they may be While slochky and romantic Casablanca is a touching movie and probably one of the best ever made 1984 on the other hand is a deep psychological thriller In the world of utter thought-control we find that even a strong hero such as Winston is struck down by the party for simply being alive and that the virtuosity within humanity will eventually be overcome by our greed and lust Their struggles are that of man against the oppressor Both 1984 and Casablanca deal with a world
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