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Repressive Governments in Zamiatins We and Orwells 1984Thesis Both Zamiatins We and Orwells 1984 have governments that repress actions and thoughts through the use of physical and psychological force I Intro II Wes Governments Use of Psychological ForceA Number systemB Sexual RegistrationIII 1984s Governments Use of Psychological ForceA NewspeakB DoublethinkIV Both Governments Use of Physical ForceA Torture of WinstonB Operation On FancyV ConclusionThroughout time people have wondered what happens when government gains complete control not only over peoples actions but over the thoughts that precede them Is it even possible to gain such omnipotence over human nature that human beings will renounce all individuality If such a society could exist would human nature truly be conquered or just subdued sufficiently that the will of the few could be contorted into the will of the general population The British author Eric Blair better known by his pen name George Orwell and the Russian born Eugene Zamiatin both attempt to address these questions in their respective books 1984 and WeThese novels depict mechanized societies whose citizens are deprived of freedom through physical and psychological conditioning Bloom 17 The amazing thing about these civilizations is that the majority of the citizenry at least publicly applauds the governments totalitarian actions Both Zamiatins We and Orwells 1984 have governments that repress thought and action through the use of physical and physiological force One of the most visible ways the government of the United State is able to control the thought and actions of its citizens is by the use and abuse of a system by which each member of society receives a number at birth instead of given a name Goldstein 54 The numbers are assigned according to sex and occupation For example D-503 the main character in We is male and is thus assigned a consonant for his prefix while his female partner O-90 is assigned a vowel As D-503 is an engineer he receives a
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