The film, The Matrix, and the novel by George Orwell, 1984, are both portrayals of a serious dystopian world, where the citizens are under complete control by a powerful government, who are the highest ruling power and is highly authoritative and restrictive. Both of these works contain similar aspects of a controlled dystopian lifestyle, and a protagonist with a strong urge to save the world. Although there are an abundant amount of similarities in the concept of control, there are also some differences that individualizes each work.
Firstly, in both the novel and the film, control is intensely depicted. They both have a higher figure that controls all. In 1984, the higher figure is Big Brother, a government system where they control everything,
comparative cognitive science shows the remarkable similarities of our brain’s basic functions. This
might suggest that we know what it is like to be an animal. On the other hand, humankind has long kept animals as
pets and eaten them as food, as if to say they are replaceable or disposable. In what respects are animals definitely
not human? In this class, we will read literature and watch films that ask us to imagine a wide range of relationships
between humans and animals. In each case, we must reconsider…