Both texts portray the cruel inflictions of oppression as well as its multiple forms that both protagonists Winston Smith

Both texts portray the cruel inflictions of oppression as well as its multiple forms that both protagonists Winston Smith (1984) and Eva Khatchadourian (We Need to Talk About Kevin) are forced to endure from external forces. Both writers are alike in their portrayal of oppression as their protagonists endure oppression in societal and social circumstances. In 1984, Winston wrestles with oppression as he is constricted within a dystopian society under a totalitarian government regime. Orwell wrote the novel with the intention of warning readers of the dangers of a totalitarian government which as he witnessed first-hand the brutal suppression to which dictators had gone to horrific lengths to achieve power during the 1930-40s such as Hitler and Stalin. Shriver uses her protagonist as a literary mouthpiece to criticise societal expectations of modern middle-class women, especially mothers, who endure phycological oppression as she notes her ‘failures’ as a mother who is expected to be conventionally perfect despite her apprehensions about her absence of maternal instinct due to Kevin’s nihilistic actions.
In Orwell’s dystopian novel, societal oppression is referenced throughout his writing as he conveys how susceptible human beings are to dehumanization and oppression in society as the government’s political manipulation particularly through the use of technology as it primarily used as a form of oppression. The presentation of societal oppression can be directly linked to the through the use of ‘telescreens’ as the corrupted governments belief is that if there is a constant, ubiquitous surveillance this can ensure Big Brother that citizens are never potentially out of sight, therefore oppressing them by not only regulating how the citizens behave but how they feel and think through the ideology of completely eliminating any physical opposition from their citizens is to eradicate any mental opposition.