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Group A 1 Although the distopias of Orwells Oceania and Niccols not to distant American city are in many ways similar in the sense of totalitarianism The systems of control are quit different Orwells world seems to be an overbearing socialist police state where as the world in Gattaca is almost total control by science The two pieces were written decades apart from one another but both the film and the novel send a clear message to enjoy the social mobility and freedoms of modern life and to be aware of how fragile they are Both Orwells and Niccols worlds are dependant upon a class or cast system to divide the powers and freedoms of the people in their respective worlds Oceania as far as we can tell has three maybe four classes The Proles are the group of people who hold the worst of the jobs within Oceania They work as laborers and as prostitutes but their idle time is spent like many undergrads in the modern world listening to music drinking beer and fornicating The second and arguably the lowliest of Orwells classes is the outer party to which our main character Winston is a member The outer party is subjected to all the evils of the inner party Their inner most personal thoughts and feelings are monitored by the thought police and even the slightest inclination of disloyalty is punished by being vaporized They work mostly as desk jockeys and their free time is to be spent doing activities for the party The inner party is closely related to an upper management class within a perverted militant socialist world where all business is run by the state Compared to the outer party the inner party does seem to enjoy a few more modern comforts but they are still being subjected to tellascreens and thought police Arguably the fourth class would only consist of one man a ruling dictator who goes
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