George Orwell's 1984
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George Orwell's 1984
“No one is free, even the birds are chained to the sky.” This quote is not from 1984 but it may as well could be. Bob Dylan said this probably not knowing the connection it has with George Orwell’s 1984. 1984 depicts a dystopian world in which the civilians are watched and brainwashed constantly. There is no conventional freedom, there is no real individual in this world, there is a sense of coldness in 1984. The main character Winston is trying to figure out his past and what is real and what is propaganda in this world. In the novel the “Big Brother” changes people and the human race to fit what they want. George Orwell through his novel, 1984 addresses the idea if human nature can be changed in such a way we will forget the longing for freedom, dignity, integrity, and for love.
The longing for freedom, through different techniques from Big Brother, has been subsided in Winston. One big slogan of the Party is “FREEDOM IS SLAVERY” (pg. 4). This is one of the official slogans of the Party; this alone shows the dystopia of the Party. Winston tells us, “Nobody heard what Big Brother was saying. It was merely a few words of encouragement, the sort of words that are uttered in the din of battle, not distinguishable individually but restoring confidence by the fact of being spoken” (pg. 16). Winston and the citizens don’t even realize that all aspect of life they are getting brainwashed, their very human essence and natural right of freedom is being snatched away from them. According to the party, the man with freedom is doomed. They are comforting their people by saying there is no freedom by brainwashing them to think freedom is a bad thing, and that they will not be able to survive without Big Brother ...
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...g 297). He was shot in the head, but it is unclear if Winston is dead or not. He has confessed everything to Big Brother. It goes back to the statement that the man with freedom is doomed. Winston was content at the end with the way things came to be. It is unsure why, but he loved Big Brother because after everything that happened to him Big Brother was the same.
The idea of human nature being changed is a huge theme in George Orwell’s 1984. There is no freedom, there is no dignity, there is no integrity, and there is no love. There four acts, emotions, thoughts are the things that make us human. Without this we are nothing special, humans might as well be monkeys. 1984 is quite frankly freighting how it views the future of human society. There is a reason George Orwell wrote 1984 when he did and I believe this is his view on the future and his warning to us all.
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