Imagine you're playing a game of chess, one person controls all the chess pieces and what they do. That person is you(the player) and you are the dictator. In fascism, the dictator has the right of total control over the goverment and people. In this case, the chess pieces are the government and people.
Fascism was supposed to be the answer to the fear of communism and they weakness of democracy. People believed democracy was too weak to defend them when fascism first appeared in Europe before WWII.