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Dai Sijie’s Balzac and The Little Chinese Seamstress and George Orwell’s 1984 both have a strong sense of language and literature present. Both novels have similar sense of language and literature which got them the praise that they have. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress can be seen to have a stronger sense of language and literature in the way of academic knowledge then 1984. But, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress affects more of an individual instead of society as a whole. 1984 however has a stronger sense because they focus on limiting the personal thought of a society as a whole. Language and literature plays more of a key role in Orwell’s 1984 then in Dai Sijie’s Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress because of how it affects love between characters, the implementation of Newspeak/banning of books, and the changing of history.In Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress and in 1984, language and literature role on love is shown frequently in both novels. In Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, the role of language on love is shown throughout Luo’s and The Little Seamstress relationship together. Luo’s and The Little Seamstress’s relationship is affected by language and literature because it was the reason why the Little Seamstress left Luo. The way it affected the relationship is when Luo was trying to “turn the Little Seamstress into a city girl,” that in turn opened the eyes of The Little Seamstress making her believe that she is more special than she actually is and she doesn’t need Luo. Another way Luo and The Little Seamstress relationship was affected by language and literature was when Luo used, “these books to transform the Little Seamstress. to make her never be a simple mountain girl again,” (Siji 100) This led to the Little Seamstress leaving Luo. In 1984, language and literature affects the love/relationship between Katherine and Winston. The love between these two these characters get messy and unsustainable by party slogans, Newspeak, and the rewriting of history. Winston describes Katherine as a “human soundtrack,” ( Orwell 66) when arguing with her. Winston says this because Katherine does not have her own personal thoughts and opinions but instead her brain is filled with party slogan and propaganda. The party has completely gotten rid of individual thought and in turn affected the relationship between Katherine and Winston. Even though both relationship end, language and literature played a more important role in 1984 because in 1984, it could have happened to hundreds of relationships but in Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, it only affects Luo and the Little Seamstress. Language and literature second main role is the implementation of Newspeak and the banning of books. Books and most literatures excluding Mao’s Little Red Book, are banned in Balzac, which limits individual thought because the citizens only have one book. But in 1984, since Newspeak is present and what Newspeak does is that the government is limiting language by just deleting words from vocabulary. Newspeak was made to “narrow the range of thought” ( Orwell 52). Newspeak aims to limit individuality, freedom and self expression to the point where people has so little words to talk with. It’s all just government propaganda. Language and literature final role in Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress and 1984 is when history is written  in both novels. In Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, there is only one case of history being rewritten and that is when Four Eyes rewrote the poem from old miller because he did not like it. Four Eyes also rewrote the 18 songs by “adding the right words here and there, and he cuts out the offending ones” in an attempt to earn a job working for the journal (Sijie 100). These are the only cases of history being rewritten in Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress and it is for Four Eyes benefit.In 1984, rewriting plays a bigger role because it affects all of society instead of just an individual. Winston and his coworkers job are to rewrite history. Winston has to make “continuous alterations,” to all literature. The government does not want citizens to know the truth of the past. They have to keep making alterations so the people of Oceania don’t remember the events that actually occurred. The citizens believe the lies and the fake past events and are unable to remember due to the society corrupt ideals.Throughout 1984, language and literature shows roles and proves why language and literature is still important in today’s society. Through it affecting love and relationships, implementation of newspeak and banning of books, and the rewriting of history, it is evident that in 1984, there is a strong sense of it present at almost all times. People say Balzac has a stronger presents of language and literature on it’s society, but it is more focused on the individual instead of society as a whole. The expression of freedom and of personal thought is important to today’s society because without it, our society today could look a lot like Balzac or 1984. The limiting of language is extremely inhumane and should be kept in literature.

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