The Crucible, the Chrysalids, and Nineteen Eighty-Four: Individuals in Theocracy Comparison Essay

The Crucible, The Chrysalids, and Nineteen Eighty-Four: Individuals in theocracy comparison essay

Mr. Rutherford
Amaya Hernandez
Dec. 11, 2012

In the two novels Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, The Chrysalids by John Wyndham and the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller one can clearly see when a society is based on manipulation and fear some individuals will try to break free.

In the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, Big Brother is God. Big brother rules over everyone and everything. The Party requires all people in the theocracy to conform. Conforming means no individual thoughts, no self-righteous emotions of any kind, no dreams or ambitions. Everyone must be the same and those who aren’t are vaporized.
“The party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power.” (Orwell, 275)

In The Chrysalids, The Waknuk society based their theocracy on God. In this isolated society deviations have become the main concern. ‘Any creature that shall seem to be human, but is not formed thus is not human. It is neither man nor woman. It is a blasphemy against the true Image of God, and hateful in the sight of God’ (Wyndham,13). Anyone that does not meet the Definition of Man was either exiled or killed. This theocracy tries to regulate and control biological aspects of life that cannot be controlled in their time and day and therefor punishing others for it.

Interestingly enough the Salem society from The Crucible could not be more different. This theocracy is based on God. God is seen as the savior of all evils. God is the only one that can help save the souls of the sinners in Salem. For this reason everyone tries to conform and stay as a group especially in the time when the play is set: The Salem witch trials.

The nature of the individuals in each society is quite diverse as well. In Nineteen...