Text Relation

The following selected texts are related to this struggle in terms of a common totalitarian regime.

Shakespeare’s Macbeth            George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four

Hitler’s struggle for power accurately relates to Shakespeare’s Macbeth in the sense that there is one tyrannical leader of a totalitarian dystopia in both texts. Both struggle to get what they want or envision by doing whatever it takes. Taking lives is what these leaders resort to as solutions. There are a few common similarities between Macbeth and Hitler’s era, which include: the fact that both desire power; both are ruthless in getting what they want; and both like to gamble the battle. In the end it is evident that both societies are uncivilized illustrations of what the elements of power can do to man.

Another course text that Hitler’s struggle relates to is George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four where Winston’s society is run by an over-ruling dictator as was German in the early 1900s. In Orwell’s text it is Big Brother who controls the minds, emotions, and the source to blame of the citizens of Oceania. Likewise, in 1933 onward ’til 1945, it was Hitler who controlled the citizens of Germany in such a way. What seems to be repetitive is the power an idea holds itself. An idea such as blaming somebody for the wrong provides motivation, inspiration, hatred, and purpose.

It can be concluded that each situation ends in harsh manners. Hitler commits suicide, while Winston is tortured and never the same.