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Society divides people into two categories those who conform to what is expected and those who do not Websters dictionary defines conformity as similarity in form or character correspondence agreement action or behaviour in correspondence with current customs rules or styles When a person fails to measure up to certain expectations those in power inflict consequences Under these circumstances it is human nature to feel the need to rebel either externally or internally These statements are apparent in both 1984 and One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest Both main characters fall into the non-conformist category but in two very different ways In 1984 the main character Winston Smith lives in a society of rules and regulation which is written in stone The laws are strict and the punishment is swift should they be disobeyed Expectations form any large or small community and rules define the way it should behave The Party is the one and only figure of power in the book It maintains control over the people by removing a few basic human instincts The first instinct is hate All people in the society are expected to be united and act as one even if it means losing their own identity Oh comrade she beganIt was Mrs Parsons the wife of a neighbour on the same floor Mrs was a word somewhat discountenanced by the Party- you were supposed to call everyone comrade 20 By forcing all of the people to call each other comrade the Party attempts to remove any spark of originality from the people In many cases it has always been the individuals that have caused the most uproar 2 The Party dictates that people should love Big Brother
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