Both Francis Duggan’s “Oppressive Regime” and George Orwell’s 1984 delve into the dystopian element of a corrupt government silencing the society through fear of captivity or imprisonment, revealing that a society should not fall to silence in fear of government threat—instead the cycle must be ended. In Orwell’s 1984, the government’s goal is “to extinguish once and for all the possibility of independent thought.” (211), ‘Big Brother,’ or the symbol for the government in this sick land, will not tolerate deviation from his agenda. 1984’s freedom of speech and thought do “not entail death, [they ARE] death” (32), showing the true oppressive regime of this society. Similarly, Duggan’s “Oppressive Regime” explores the element of free speech being suppressed like that of the consequences in 1984, in that to ”speak one’s mind [is] a crime.” Duggan’s poetic government “cling[s] to power through the silence of fear,” like that of the society in 1984, revealing that the “basic human right” of free speech is necessary to end the cycle of those “unfairly serving time” because of committing the crime of speaking their minds. Accordingl, both Orwell’s 1984 and Duggan’s “Oppressive Regime” explore the dystopian element of government power exerted through fear of captivity and punishment, in that free speech is required to break this cycle
Oppressive regimes of the World to violence too inclined And they punish everybody with the courage to speak their mind I toast all Governments who allow free speech for that's democracy Though far from perfect it does seem their citizens are free To speak against them if they so wish free speech they do not suppress Though words of criticism them well may not impress In many Countries people who verbally oppose the Government in jail unfairly serving time Where to speak one's mind on human rights is considered as a crime And those with the courage to speak out are punished quite severe By threats such Governments cling to power through the silence of fear To be born in a Land of free speech is a gift we ought to celebrate It is a basic human right but something we should appreciate In far too many Countries Governments to oppression too inclined And many are imprisoned for just speaking their mind.