The World Of Big Brother Essay

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The World of Big Brother
By: Nasreen Khaliq
Nineteen Eighty-Four is a film directed by Michael Radford. It was released in 1984 and is a movie adaptation of the dystopian novel of the same name by George Orwell. It stars John Hurt as Winston Smith, Suzanna Hamilton as Julia, Richard Burton as O’Brien, Cyril Cusack as Charrington, Gregor Fisher as Parsons, and James Walker as Syme. It is a film about the super power Oceania, which is one of the three states in the world, and how everything in the citizens’ lives, from work to thought and emotion, is either supressed or controlled by the totalitarian government. History is constantly edited and rewritten, and eradication of the English ...view middle of the document...

” This really shows that regardless of all the other changes that took place in the film, O’Brien’s character really managed to stay faithful to the novel.
Although there were quite a few omissions and changes that took place in the film, there were still a few scenes or episodes that managed to stay true to the novel. The scenes that really managed to showcase the emotion and ideas that Orwell was trying to put out there were the scenes where Winston was being tortured by O’Brien in the Ministry of Love. The use of all the electrical devices, and then later the contraption in Room 101, were all faithful to what was written in the novel. It was also in one of these scenes where O’Brien said one of the most important lines in the entire novel which was, "Always, Winston, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever." Including this line really shows that this scene was virtually unaltered in comparison to the rest of the film.
Aside from the few scenes that stayed faithful to the novel, the rest of the film was not very eye-opening. The director could have done so much more with a story like this, and it is sad to see that he wasn’t able to capture all that the novel is. The character of Winston Smith was also very disappointing because...

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