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Censorship in Gilead and Oceania

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Censorship in Gilead and Oceania
In both dystopian societies, the government uses censorship to eliminate any forms of rebellion
The government prevents the broadcasting of unwanted information in Oceania
Censorship- Freedom of language and expression is prohibited in Oceania
“Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it… Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness always a little smaller” (55).
Writing in a diary is punishable by death
Censorship- Freedom of language and expresson is prohibited in Gilead
I almost gasp: he's said a forbidden word. Sterile. " (61).

Label stores with pictures because even reading a label for a woman is forbidden
How?

-the prevention of broadcasting unwanted information



- the prohibition of reading, writing and other forms of expression
So...
The governments of Oceania and Gilead use censorship in order to eliminate any form of rebellion
Gilead
Citizens under religious based totalitarian regime
-Offred is a handmaid (only function in society is to give birth)
-Spends time remembering her past life and remembers the government taking her daughter away from her
-Develops a somewhat friendship with the commander and does unlawful things
-Finds out her walking partner is a member of a secret rebellious organization
- Ends up getting taken away by some people who she did not know
Oceania
Dystopian society under the totalitarian regime
-People are ruled by the omniscient government
-Winston and Julia hope to rebell against them
-They try to outsmart the government and do rebellious things meanwhile
-End up getting caught so they get tortured and Winston eventually killed
Censorship
Definition- The act of changing or suppressing information in media, books or art that is considered subversive of the common good
Why?
-to incite morality amongst citizens

-to eliminate forms of rebellion

-to psychologically make the citizens believe that they are in a content,perfect state because of the government
In Gilead and Oceania the right to know the truth is an unattainable freedom
The prevention of broadcasting unwanted information- Gilead
"They only show us victories, never defeats" (102)
Owning or using materials which signify the past have been forbidden by the government- Oceania
“The thing he was about to do was to open a diary. This was not illegal (nothing was illegal since there were no longer any laws) but if detected it was reasonably certain that it would be punished by death or at least by twenty-five years in a forced labour camp” ( 8)



Owning or using materials which signify the past have been forbidden by the government-Gilead
“I thought such magazines had all been destroyed”(194)

All such clothing was supposed to have been destroyed” (288).
Extending
How this applies to society today

http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2013/12/north-korea-deleting-history/

Winston holds a job that fabricates the news in order to make it look like Big Brother was right all along even if it was evident that he wasn't

Nothing was ever broadcasted to make the government appear at fault for any reason
The only thing seen of the past on televisionis how horrible it was compared to the present state
-forbidding items that signify the previous state
http://www.calgaryjournal.ca/index.php/news/1804-book-censorship
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