The song “2+2=5” and the book “1984” both exhibit the dystopian element that independent thought and freedom are restricted. Because of the restriction, it’s seen that totalitarian rule should be rejected and individual freedom creates a door to the truths of life as well as being opened to believe what you would want other than what is forced upon you to believe. In the beginning of part 1 in the book “1984,” Winston was seen at the Two Minutes Hate ceremony where he “found that he was shouting with the others and kicking his heel violently” against Goldstein, a man who simply wanted “freedom”(16). Winston’s actions, which he claimed to be “impossible to avoid joining in,” showed how just like him, everyone else was under the influence of negativity towards a man which they’ve been told about numerous times by the authorities through their established Two Minute Hate assemblies (17). Under the rule of Big Brother, the idea of hypnosis comes through from the Two Minute Hate assemblies as the citizens under Big brother’s rules are forced to rewatch and rewatch the same clips on Goldstein each day. Each day, they are being convinced that the man whose fighting for freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom from dictatorship (freedom that any normal person would fight for) is a traitor as well as an enemy to peace. The totalitarian rule of Big Brother over the citizens keep them covered up in a blanket woven from the authority’s lies that hide the truth of living freely and fairly so that everyone isn’t in control of themselves and their own thoughts, but instead that they are being controlled by the authorities. In “2+2=5,” the speaker in the song states that he would “...stay home forever where two and two always makes a five.” The reference to ‘home’ is used to represent a place of comfort and having everything be exactly as one would know it to be. The environment at home is rarely changing similar to living under a totalitarian rule where there isn’t any exploration to be made by the rules or any new thought to be introduced as one would find roaming the outside world. The society under the totalitarian rule are supposedly ‘protected’ by the outdoors by the comfort of their homes which ties to the idea that the lies of “2+2” equalling to “5” are there to control those willing to stay inside and persuade them to never step outdoors to uncover the truth being hidden from them and to not think but to believe what the authorities tell you. The beginning of the song makes it appear as though everything would be safe and fine in a totalitarian rule, but the lie indicates that there could be a possibility that the safety of the people may be a lie to. Looking back at “1984,” as Winston studies a children’s history book and wonders about the past and what was changed, he looks at a poster of Big Brother. Big Brother’s “hypnotic eyes gazed...” at Winston which he felt as though they were “persuading you... to deny the evidence of your senses” (89). By Winston’s description of a hypnotic state, one is led to feel pressure under Big Brother’s posters, hung everywhere in Oceania. The posters are used to create stress for the citizens to feel on their toes and to make sure that nothing they do, or nothing they think (like thinking of the possibilities that maybe the government isn’t what they seem to be), will go against what they are told. It restricts the citizen’s freedom to think of possible ideas for anything contradicting the rules or lies created by the authorities. The sense of being watched would lead one to believe that there could be a reason backed by it, like if one would break the rule of thinking they could be arrested or killed. Under totalitarian rule, the people don’t have the right to individual freedom and must live under the fear of Big Brother and therefore adopt any ‘information’ given to them by the head of the society whether it is true or false. Once again in “2+2=5,” the speaker in the song goes through a change in emotion toward the lie (that 2+2=5) they were willing to believe. They begin calling the liars, a reference to the totalitarian government, “devils” as they state that the authorities have their “way now” and that “there is no way out.” The speaker established that it is “too late now” to believe in the truth the ‘two and two’ doesn’t actually make ‘5’ and that the world under the totalitarian rule is corrupted by lies and from those lies control of the people has taken over by the government. He later states that the government basically lied to have citizens “not question” his “authority.” With no question to the authority, it establishes a dystopian characteristic that citizens should believe what they are told by the head of the government opposed to thinking or investigating things on their own. Just like a totalitarian rule, the leader must not be questioned, ideas are to be rejected, and independent freedom are restricted. Giving the points found, such as the totalitarian control over the citizen’s right of mind and freedom overall, the song “2+2=5” and the book “1984,” both portray the dystopian characteristic that information and a citizen’s freedom of thought are considered bad and restricted and they both set the idea, through the dystopian characteristics, that totalitarianism is wrong to support because it steals the freedom to believe in what an individual chooses to believe in.