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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 distopic elements found in these two pieces there are still distinct differences which contribute to the variation in the overall themes of 1984 and The Matrix Most obviously in both 1984 and The Matrix the protagonist is a rebel and resists the controlling power In addition the dystopian environments in which the protagonists dwell are similar In both worlds the protagonists have very few luxuries the main meal consist of very little besides a nameless bowl of tasteless artificial slop The only available source of alcoholic beverage is in 1984 a sickly oily smelling Victory Gin and in The Matrix an anonymous liquid used for degreasing engines Orwell 8 The clothing and furniture is equally unappealing being old ragged and looking as if it was salvaged from a junk yard Moreover not only do the protagonists have to eat unsatisfactory food they are also unfulfilled sexually At one point Winston recalls his encounter with the prole prostitute thinking about how he needed to use her services despite her elderly age because he needed an outlet for instincts which could not be altogether suppressedOrwell 57 In The Matrix the short-lived Mouse had to resort to going into the Construct or a kind of virtual reality and interacting with the virtual woman in the red dress in order to fulfill
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