What similarities are there between the 1984-society, the Nazi-regime and the Soviet regime, on the views on relationship between man and woman?  

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As you know, 1984 is a dystopian novel which satirizes the totalitarian governments of the extreme left (U.S.S.R.) and extreme right (Nazism).  The political spectrum is not linear, but circular: in other words, both political systems are so extreme that they come full circle and converge into one.  So, it's difficult to distinguish between the too after a point.  But, here's a big-picture look at all three dystopias.

All three societies:

  • Use torture as a means of quelling political dissidents
  • Use censorship and propaganda in the media to disinform not only their own citizens, but also their potential enemies inside and outside the country.
  • Wage war in order to keep their citizens hungry, tired, poor, uneducated, disinformed, and nationalistic.
  • Use the secret police to infiltrate political dissidents and organziations that are subversive to the state.
  • Urge ethnic cleansing and the hatred of others who are racially or politically different from the state
  • Use surveillance and profiling to create a technologically superior police state
  • Promote a kind of sexual abstinence and subversion of family values in order to keep the citizens "married" to the state
  • Use icons (Big Brother, the swastika, the cycle and scythe) to promote identity, stability, and community and--also--fear.
  • Create a division of labor between men and women; men focus on military and physical labor matters of the state, while women focus on morality support and temperance
  • Use women and monogamy as "bait" in order to expose and catch potential political dissidents
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1984

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