“False Alarm” and “1984” Stories

Though a human experience represents an individuals circumstantial perspective or situation, many of us will relate to this experience but endure it in different ways. As seen in texts 1984 by George Orwell, London by William Blake and my composition False Alarm, the human experience of loss of personal freedom is explored.These texts represent this human experience but all are challenged through different ways.

“False Alarm” and “1984” both significantly exploit the experience of loss of personal freedom but also how one can disaffiliate from the restrictions against them and enjoy their freedom.Different emotions can arise such as contempt when controlled and restricted and joy, serenity and love when celebrating freedom.Represented in “False Alarm” “This was it.The moment I was longing for, the moment to breathe, the moment for my feet to touch the upon ground unrestricted.” This quote uses Anaphora of “the moment” to emphasise the longing moment of freedom experienced by the parolee.With his brace device unrestrained from his ankle, the law enforcements are not able to validate his location, and this experience of freedom is felt by the parolee.By expressing his breathing and touching the ground, it represents the harsh conditions that this parolee was set under, and when set free he is finally able to breathe of relief. By Hunter going to a cafe, it represents his emotions of happiness and serenity and his ability to escape from political vigilance and experience his new founded freedom.Whilst, the collective experience would be all the parolees set free, their individual experience is based on what they do to feel this freedom.

In “1984”, the concept of loss of personal freedom is also explored and how Winston disaffiliates from this restriction. ‘Its the golden country- almost’ he murmured, ‘Golden country’? ‘Its nothing, really. A landscape I’ve seen sometimes in a dream”. This quotes uses an Anadiplosis of “Golden country” to reveal Winstons ideal sanctuary; a place that he often dreams about which is now present in front of him.With all the restrictions against intimate relationships and sexual desires in Oceania, Winston is constrained within his fantasy of Golden country, that when he experiences the real freedom he questions it .It is a landscape that Winston isn’t able to comprehend because of the harsh restrictions against freedom, but only able to dream about. Winston breaks away from the restraints of big brother and has his freedom , bringing emotions of love and

admiration.With Julia and Winston indulged in this behaviour it reveals the collective experience of disaffiliating from the laws and celebrating freedom.

Both “1984” and “False Alarm”, reveal the experience of loss of personal freedom but also how protagonists compel from this restrictions and enjoy their individual freedom.It also paradoxical, as do they have their moments of freedom, unfortunately this is taken away from them, thus revealing the loss of personal freedom.In “False Alarm”, there were technical issues that cause all parolees to be left untracked however it was resolved and Hunter was placed under surveillance.Likewise in “1984”, when Winston and Julia betray each other in the ministry of love, they both loose their sanctuary’s of freedom metaphorically lust hence limiting their freedom.

“False Alarm” also connects to “London” revealing that when one is constrained within political regulations, the exploration of the world around them is unknown.Through “False Alarm” “Skidding past the monotonic city, I admired how much the city had changed.After 8 years in jail, I definitely hadn’t come back to the world I had left.”This quote uses irony as Hunter has been released from jail and now is on parole, living a normal life but still isn’t able to explore the world around him. With globalisation occurring in the world, Hunter admires this but he doesn’t feel that he is able to explore because of the brace device on his ankle.The device reminds him of his loss of personal freedom, preventing him from exploring society.So when he walks past the city, though he can freely go around, the device deters him from exploring, because of the harsh implications against his freedom.He is so used to being in the designated area, that his desires to explore beyond is restricted.

Similarly in “London”, one is so confined within government control, that it doesn’t know any life exists beyond that.Through use of negative diction“The Mind-forgd manacles I hear” it represents the 2 class structures that are present in London one being wealthy and other poverty.But the similarities in these classes is the loss of personal freedom to explore a world beyond what they are represented with. With Blake expressing manacles it metaphorically depicts how the government cuffed their citizens minds allowing them to be only familiarised within their society.They don’t know another world exists beneath them because of the manipulation and loss of personal freedom to explore any anomalies in society

Both “False Alarm” and “London”, reveal the experience of loss of personal freedom to explore the world around them. Both protagonists are anomalies within their society by means of loss of freedom because the government has completely restricted their thoughts, and ensured they are under surveillance. In “False Alarm”, though a monotonic city is a everyday norm, for Hunter being placed on an ankle monitor it prevents him from exploring the city as his brace limits his freedom to explore, hence making him an anomaly in society.Likewise in “London”, the 2 class structures show civilians confined within their comfort zone because of indoctrination, and not knowing another world exists.Their limited freedom prevents exploring besides what they are familiarised with.It is similar to how citizens in Oceania are bound to believe that “2+2=5”, there is no freedom to say 4, as they have been indoctrinated with this.

In conclusion, all 3 texts “London,” “1984” and “False Alarm” represent the human experience of loss of personal freedom, but all are explored in different ways and also shows the anomalies, paradoxes and emotions that arise of this experience.