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Matched by Ally Condie
Jameson Hsuon 12 May 2014
Transcript of Matched by Ally Condie
Mind Alteration: 1984
The citizens of The Society all eventually carry three pills. A blue, a red, and a green one. The government used the red pills to control a specific event that occurred that they wanted the citizens to forget. The government could manipulate any event that happened and the people who took the pill would never know what the pill did.Everyone in this society must convince themselves what the government has chosen for them is for the best. For example, the curfew time, meal portion and nutritional values, 100 poems, and 100 paintings. The mind alteration in Matched is not necessarily the same as doublethink in 1984 because the rules set by the government are normal to the citizens and most are content to whatever the government decides because it is said to be, "best for the Society".
by Ally Condie
Premeditated vs. Predilection
Seventeen year old Cassia Reyes has learned to grow and develop in her society. When Cassia was Matched with her childhood best friend, Xander, she was thrilled, but a mysterious "error" allowed Cassia to believe Xander was not her true perfect match. This glitch in the society's system encouraged Cassia to challenge and rebel. Was Cassia really outsmarting her society, or was the society playing her?
39 year old with a varicose ulcer above his ankle, Winston Smith questions his society where events known as "Hate Week" exist. Winston seeks pleasure with other women, and finds knick-knacks at an antique store owned by a thought to be Prole. Winston also seeks for revenge against this society where talking to someone for too long is out of the ordinary. His interest in attacking the government arouses suspicion among those trained to seek for signs of rebellion. Forced to love Big Brother, did Winston truly love Big Brother, or was he demonstrating the idea of doublethink?
1984 by George Orwell
THE SOCIETY DECIDES WHO MARRIES WHO. THIER INFORMATION IS ACCORDING TO STATISTICS TO CREATE A SOCIETY OF COUPLES WHO WILL HAVE HEALTHY CHILDREN TO CREATE THE IDEAL SOCIETY.
Cassia Reyes lives in a society where Officials organize and command every aspect of it's citizens' life. In this futuristic dystopian society, Cassia has to make the decision of whether to be with herself or be one with her world.
Death/Fate vs. Choice/Free Will
Matched: The government has eradicated diseases such as cancer by predetermining your activities, what you eat, and ultimately when you will die. All individuals are poisoned to die on their birthday at age 80 so they won't have to "suffer" in their later years. The government requires that all deceased take a DNA sample in order to revive them in the future if possible. This strips the individuals of their Free Will, which can make death more appealing than living or being revived back into The Society.
This is a world where the government watches your every move through a device known as a telescreen. Privacy is not a given right anymore. Also, this is a world where the government hires people known as the "thought police" to watch every minuscule detail and make sure no one steps out of line and rebels against the government. A defiant thought= a trip to the Ministry of Love. By the way, no one gets out of the Ministry of Love alive. Every detail is supervised among the citizens. Lastly, everyone is constantly reminded by the mustached face on every wall, " Big Brother is Watching".
YOUR LIFE ACCORDING TO
OR ACCORDING TO THE
BY WHICH DEMANDS YOU TO
BE WHO YOU ARE,
BE ONE OF A KIND, AND
BE ONE OF YOURSELF? CAN YOU LIVE IN A SOCIETY WHERE YOU PLAY
YOUR RULES BECAUSE THE
SOCIETY TOLD YOU OTHERWISE?
YOUR THOUGHTS AS WE WALK YOU THROUGH THE JOURNEY OF TWO CIVILIANS IN TWO DISTINCT DYSTOPIAN NOVELS WHO HAVE THEIR OWN STORIES TO TELL. WE CAN ONLY TELL YOU WHAT WE KNOW AND WHAT WE SEEK, BUT LET YOUR MIND
AND SOAR THROUGH ENDLESS ANALYSIS OF THESE WORLDS.
BIG BROTHER, BUT
BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING.
Winston Smith worked as a clerk in the Records Department of the Ministry of Truth, where his job is to revise historical documents so they match the continually changing the present party line. The Party forces the people to forget and alter their mind to what the current news is stating. Winston and his fellow citizens must convince themselves of something other than the truth if the government tells them to. This concept is known as "Doublethink".
Definition: Doublethink is the acceptance of two contradictory beliefs or opinions at the same time.
Matched: Some people who take the red pill forget the event the officials want them to. However, the pill does not affect some. Ky and Xander, for example, are not affected. In result, they must pretend they forget even thought they know in the back of their minds that event occurred.
1984: Winston works in the records department and in there he must change any sort of record that does not match the currently changing party line. Even though, people know its not just an error of the document they must accept it as the truth and believe it. At the same time they hold the same belief that it is not true.
: The highest rank of power or authority. They choose where you work, who you love, how you live, and how you die. They decide.
: Are allowed in the gene pool to be Matched and given certain privileges, such as possession of the three pills. Ex: Cassia and Xander
: A status that is given to a citizen who is related to someone who has committed an infraction or committed an infraction him/herself. They are not seen as complete citizens and don't get the "benefits" that Citizens receive. They are not allowed in the gene pool. Ex: Ky
: Someone who has committed monstrous
crime. They are deemed to be very dangerous. They do not enter the gene pool. Most of the time they are secluded from the Society. Most live in the Outer Province and are put to labor for the Society.
Hierarchy of Government: Matched
Levels of Society: 1984
: The Inner Party is made up of the privileged citizens of society. They maintain constant surveillance of the Outer Party, watching for signs of betrayal against the Party. Ex: O'Brien
: The Outer Party is made up of those functionaries who administer under the direction of the Inner Party. One example of an Outer Party member is Winston Smith. Ex: Winston/ Julia
: Outside of the Party are the proles, or the largest class of the population, the poor and deprived masses. Relates and lives under similar conditions to our society's homeless people.
Ex: (originally thought to be) Mr. Charrington
Sources of Rebellion: 1984
Sources of Rebellion: Matched
The key reasons that any protagonist starts to rebel against their government is their exceeding amount of knowledge they have of the government, their resentment towards the government after an interference in their personal life from the government, the creation of absolute equality, and their innate desire for free will.
1984: Winston learns more and more about the government as time goes on, from being at work in the Ministry of Truth in the Records Department, to being in the Brotherhood and reading "the book." The government also interferes with his ability to be with the one he is fond of, as sexual activities are primarily used for the reproduction of workers for the Party. As the government strips the individuals of their freedoms, this creates a universal conformity among the society. This conformity is complete equality among the comrades which ultimately causes rebellious thoughts in minority of individuals like Winston. And finally, Winston deeply desires free will, as he remembers a time when he had a taste of free will which strengthens his innate desire even more.
Winston’s rebellious stage started with his intense paranoia about the Party and his overriding belief that the Party will eventually catch and punish him. As soon as he writes “DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER” in his diary, Winston is sure that the Thought Police will quickly capture him for committing a thoughtcrime. Internally thinking that he is helpless to evade his doom of the thought police, Winston allows himself to take risks, such as renting the room above Mr. Charrington’s shop to be with Julia.
Matched: Cassia and Ky share many secrets and commit illegal acts such as reading forbidden literature, writing using old penmanship technique, and creating a forbidden love bond with each other. They have this dilemma constantly, when Officials try to get information out of Cassia (mainly) or even Ky who was taken away by the Officials in the end.
The author even made this eminent by incorporating the game "Prisoner's Dilemma" in the Game Center to foreshadow Cassia's, Ky's, and Xander's dilemma at the end of the book (and on) to either confess of their crimes and save themselves or keep quiet and help each other. This is the idea of sacrifice, selflessness, or selfishness.
1984: Winston and Julia are captured and separated for their illegal acts. Winston is tortured until he confesses of all his crimes. Julia quickly saved her own life by confessing and giving Winston away.
The Prisoner's Dilemma is a situation in which "two players each have two options whose outcome depends crucially on the simultaneous choice made by the other, often formulated in terms of two prisoners separately deciding whether to confess to a crime"
Ky Markham is demanded to conceal his true beliefs and opinions in order to survive the Society, where your fate is predetermined by the government.
Cassia Reyes falls in love with Ky Markham, which goes against the law, but she conceals her feelings for him but expresses her love when alone on the Hill.
1984: Winston Smith is demanded to conceal his questions, beliefs, and opinions of the oppressive Society in order to stay alive in the hostile communist government. However expresses his true feeling, as well, in his diary and with Julia.
Mind Alteration: Matched
Winston and Julia= Secret love affair from the government. The government actually takes time to punish people who have intimate feelings for someone they are not paired up with. Winston was always tempted by Julia. He thought to rape her and to murder her. His unclean thoughts contributed to his urge to be with her. Julia knew what influence she had on Winston, but eventually after multiple encounters fell for each other.
Death/Fate vs. Choice/Free Will
1984: The government is determined to fix every abnormality in the system of their society. They want and demand their society to follow a specific set of beliefs, work pattern, and emotions. Big Brother, the symbol of their “strength,” oppresses these individuals by giving the citizens a psychological belief of being constantly watched physically and mentally. If an individual were to commit the crime of ‘thoughtcrime’, then the individual is Vaporized, which is when an individual is gone from ever existing in their Society. They are then taken to be tortured in order to be “cured” of their “insanity.” If the individual dies believing in what they truly believe, then that individual wins. If the individual dies believing in what Big Brother wants them to believe, then Big Brother wins. If Big Brother wins, the individual is forever stripped of their free will.
Matched: Ever since Ky showed up on Cassia's microcard from the Matching Banquet, she has learned more and more about the Society either from Officials or from other sources like Ky. Then, the government interferes with her personal life by leading her to love Ky, which was just a trap set by the government. The government interference does touch upon their free will, but a greater idea of free will in this book is being able make your own choices without having to be chained to "statistics" made by the government that limits your ability of choice. The government also attempts to create absolute equality which ultimately leads to oppression.
Cassia’s grandfather, the person she looked up to the most, decided to die rebelliously on his own free will, rather than be revived later in the future. This action transferred contradicting beliefs to Cassia’s own existing beliefs. Her high regard for her grandfather lead her to be more rebellious in the Society.