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The Threat of Love in Totalitarian Regimes as Depicted in Orwell's 1984 - Love is the foundation and the weakness of a totalitarian regime. For a stable totalitarian society, love between two individuals is eliminated because only a relationship between the person and the party and a love for its leader can exist. The totalitarian society depicted throughout the Orwell’s novel 1984 has created a concept of an Orwellian society. Stalin’s Soviet state can be considered Orwellian because it draws close parallels to the imaginary world of Oceania in 1984. During the twentieth century, Soviet Russia lived under Stalin’s brutal and oppressive governments, which was necessary for Stalin to retain power....   [tags: 1984]
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Characters, Theories and Principles of George Orwell's Novel 1984 - Through out the course of history there have been several events that have been a pivotal point which has molded the behaviors and thoughts of this century. A lot of notable activist and authors wrote stories and speeches about how they believed that this day and time would be like. A lot of these views were very accurate surprisingly. In the novel 1984 author George Orwell gives his vision on how he believed that the countries would be like if they kept going the way they were.This report will give you a brief rundown of the characters, theories and principles of this novel along with some of my personal insight of the novel....   [tags: 1984] 1119 words
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Brainwashing of Constituents in George Orwell's "1984" - Eric Blair wrote the novel 1984 under the pseudonym George Orwell. The original title of 1984 was The Last Man in Europe, however, the title was changed for unknown purposes. It has been speculated that the change in title was done because it was a mere reversal of the last two digits of the year in which it was written. The novel was first received with conflicting acclamations and criticisms. Those who provided acclamation for the novel believed that it portrayed the impending possibility of the future and what it might bring....   [tags: George Orwell, 1984, government,] 3231 words
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George Orwell's 1984 - 1984 is a powerful work of George Orwell, but one of the key components to the book is the dream of Winston and how that dream relates to the book overall. Winston dreams of the deaths of his mother and sister. They were sinking in water, sacrificing their lives in some tragic, loving way to keep Winston alive. The dream then changes to the "Golden Country," an idyllic setting. A girl runs towards him, carelessly tearing off her clothes in defiance of the Party. Winston wakens with "Shakespeare" upon his lips....   [tags: Orwell 1984] 1036 words
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Government and Totalitarianism in "1984" by George Orwell - 1984 by George Orwell is a very interesting book that has the power to lure the reader for a long time. Its cold and in a way scary tone, makes the reader feel as if he/she are really experiencing the events in the book. This means that the use and manipulation of the words are done in a unique way. This of course is George Orwell’s individual style. The novel has a number of up’s and down’s making the reader always be on his toes. Additionally the book has a numerous amount of themes and symbols, which help convey the world and atmosphere to the reader....   [tags: 1984, George Orwell, Totalitarianism, government, ] 440 words
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The Themes and Motivations Behind George Orwell's 1984 - ABSTRACT Anyone who considers themselves a lover of good fiction must know who George Orwell is. Anyone who loves good cynical fiction has to have read his master piece, simply titled 1984. 1984 is a phenomenal tale of government gone awry, in its attempts to unify what’s left of the world, after the atomic wars waged in Europe. The story is based on Mr. Orwell’s fears of immensely powerful governments, especially totalitarianism. If you are a true lover and you have read the story, The next logical question one must ask themselves is, do we understand why he wrote this wonderful piece of work....   [tags: 1984, george orwell]
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1984 and Brave New World - 1984 and Brave New World Undoubtedly, the thought of living in, or forming a utopian society has flashed through nearly every person’s mind. A few people have even tried to make this ideal dream society a reality. Unfortunately, within the pursuit of these societies the leaders become corrupt and begin to become paranoid with the fear of rebellion. Hundreds of people were murdered during the reigns of Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin in what they considered measures to maintain peace and stability within their respective “perfect” society....   [tags: 1984 Brave New World] 1312 words
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George Orwell's 1984 - 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....   [tags: 1984 George Orwell] 1032 words
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George Orwell's 1984 - George Orwell's 1984 What look on humanity and human nature, if any, can be seen through this book, 1984. 1984 examines a future under the rule of a totalitarian society. One of the unique notes about Orwell's 1984, is the views that Orwell presents on humanity, and human nature....   [tags: George Orwell 1984] 707 words
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1984 By George Orwell - Things to know: 1984 was a book written about life under a totalitarian regime from an average citizen’s point of view. This book envisions the theme of an all knowing government with strong control over its citizens. This book tells the story of Winston Smith, a worker of the Ministry of Truth, who is in charge of editing the truth to fit the government’s policies and claims. It shows the future of a government bleeding with brute force and propaganda. This story begins and ends in the continent of Oceania one of the three supercontinents of the world....   [tags: 1984 Orwell Review ] 1084 words
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George Orwell's 1984 - The Book 1984 was written by George Orwell shortly after W.W.II. I think this book really shows us what would happen if the government gets too powerful. It was written long ago and set in the future, but I feel like the message is still very relevant today. This story takes place in an imaginary country called Oceania; it is one of the three large super states in the world of 1984. Oceania is a society similar to Hitler's Germany; with absolute power in the government and absolutely no individualism....   [tags: George Orwell 1984] 1039 words
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George Orwell's 1984 - George Orwell's 1984 There is, in every person, a secret part of one's self that is kept completely secret. Most often than not, it is a place of solitude, where no one else is admitted entry. Logic does not rule here; pure instinct, the drive for survival, is what reigns supreme in this realm. However, there are those chosen few who are allowed in, and it is they who are most dangerous; they alone know how to best maul, injure, and in the end, betray. Orwell created such a relationship in 1984 between Winston and Julia....   [tags: George Orwell 1984 Essays]
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1984 By George Orwell - 1984 by George Orwell Summary: The book is set in a fictive future in the year 1984. The world is split into three totalitarian super-states: Oceania (North and South-America, Britain and Ireland, Australia and South-Africa), Eurasia (Europe and Russia) and Eastasia (China).These three super-states are constantly at war with each other, regularly forming different alliances....   [tags: 1984 George Orwell] 1340 words
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Summary of 1984 by George Orwell - What do you think a normal human being needs to have a good, hearty life. I believe that you need the freedom of thought, the rights of love, the right to express yourself on paper, and freedom of speech. In Orwell’s world of totalitarianism you don’t have any of these freedoms. You are to obey the party and do nothing but obey the party. The only way of temporarily escaping totalitarianism is through conspiracy and lies. The characters in 1984 give us readers an idea of how INGSOC ruins lives and makes the very idea of conspiracy hopeless....   [tags: 1984 by George Orwell] 2593 words
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George Orwell's 1984 - George Orwell’s book Nineteen Eighty-Four presents a negative picture, a society that is ruled by totalitarianism. The government that is created in the novel is ruled by Big Brother and that consist of three branches. “The Ministry of Truth, which concerned itself with news, entertainment, education and the fine arts. The Ministry of Peace, which concerned itself with war. The Ministry of Love, which maintained law and order. And the Ministry of Plenty, which is responsible for economic affairs.” (Orwell 6)....   [tags: George Orwell 1984] 1523 words
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Comparison Of 1984 By George Orwell To The Actual 1984 - Comparison Of 1984 By George Orwell To The Actual 1984 Since the onset of the United States, Americans have always viewed the future in two ways; one, as the perfect society with a perfect government, or two, as a communistic hell where free will no longer exists and no one is happy. The novel 1984 by George Orwell is a combination of both theories. On the "bad" side, a communist state exists which is enforced with surveillance technology and loyal patriots. On the "good" side, however, everyone in the society who was born after the hostile takeover, which converted the once democratic government into a communist government, isn't angry about their life, nor do they wish to change any aspect of their life....   [tags: Compare Contrast 1984 Orwell Essays] 1345 words
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Analysis of George Orwell's 1984 - Analysis of George Orwell's 1984 War Is Peace. Freedom Is Slavery. Ignorance Is Strength. The party slogan of Ingsoc illustrates the sense of contradiction which characterizes the novel 1984. That the book was taken by many as a condemnation of socialism would have troubled Orwell greatly, had he lived to see the aftermath of his work. 1984 was a warning against totalitarianism and state sponsored brutality driven by excess technology. Socialist idealism in 1984 had turned to a total loss of individual freedom in exchange for false security and obedience to a totalitarian government, a dysutopia....   [tags: George Orwell 1984 Totalitarianism Essays] 4217 words
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George Orwell's 1984 and Today - George Orwell's 1984 and Today TV rots the senses in the head. It kills the imagination dead. It clogs and clutters up the mind. It makes a child so dull and blind. He can no longer understand a fantasy, A fairyland. His brain becomes as soft as cheese. His powers of thinking rust and freeze. An excerpt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, By Roald Dahl, 1964 When George Orwell’s epic novel 1984 was published in 1949 it opened the public’s imagination to a future world where privacy and freedom had no meaning....   [tags: Television 1984 Freedom Essays Orwell] 1457 words
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1984 and Animal Farm - 1984, and Animal Farm "He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you. " -Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900) In the 1st 50 years of the 20th Century, it came to pass that revolutionary upheavals in the name of social progress and the utopian ideal brought humanity to the gates of destruction. Out of the flames of war arose several colossuses that bestrode the globe. One of these, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, was founded on the ideals of social equality and sharing....   [tags: Orwell 1984 animal Farm Essays]
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Comparing Oceania in 1984 and the USA - Comparing Oceania in 1984 and the USA This paper will discuss the similarities and differences between the Oceanic society of Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four and the society of the United States. First I will talk about the similarities and then I will finish off with the differences, all of which will be based on factual information that I have gathered both, from the book and the mainstream media. Then I will finish by coming to a conclusion to an opinion I have and whether the government systems are more similar or different....   [tags: Similarities Differences 1984 Comparison Essays] 1624 words
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Exposed in the Novel 1984, by George Orwell - ... Early in the book Orwell renders a depiction of graphic film, wherein “a ship full of refugees [is] being bombed,” as well as the crowds of the theater roaring with laughter at the sight of a lifeboat full of children being annihilated (Orwell 11). This graphic description can be traced to Orwell’s own history in the Spanish Civil war, where he saw combat and fought against Franco’s party. Those who suffer from PTSD are forced to search for means of releasing the stress of their memories and consistent flashbacks....   [tags: 1984, George Orwell ]
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1984 - freedom. No joy. No love. No peace. This is the world painted by George Orwell in 1984. Written in 1949, Orwell describes a quite depressing future for the world. It includes televisions that cannot be turned off and act as video cameras into each person's living quarters. Winston, the main character, lives under the control of "Big Brother", the government. Winston wants to rebel from this control and hears about a secret society that wants to usurp Big Brother. Winston beings taking risks, looking for any connection with the days before Big Brother got into power....   [tags: Literature Analysis ]
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1984 - 1984 In the novel, 1984 by George Orwell, everything is being controlled by the government, everything from sleeping to talking to eating and as well as one of the most important need for human being, sex. All of this are very essential part of human life without which our life will not be possible. It will be like a tree without any leaves. It will still be there but it will have no importance or any real meaning. Winston life is like a tree, a tree without any purpose. Along with Winston, there are many other people who are controlled by the government....   [tags: Classic Literature] 815 words
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1984 - The theme of 1984 lies in the fact that it is possible for any one authoritative power to have absolute control or reality by gaining control of the minds of a collective society because they are the ones who perceive what reality is. The only relevant reality is the one in the minds of the individuals and if the minds of the individuals can be manipulated, so can reality. In the novel, the party can control the past because it can effectively control reality through the human mind. When the population is given the allusion of luxury by telling them that the past was a much worse place than it is now and that there are surpluses of goods when, in reality, there are record shortages, the people will be grateful and content under a benevolent government....   [tags: Literature Review] 1257 words
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Watchful Government in George Orwell's 1984 - Watchful Government in George Orwell's 1984 No one likes being overly supervised and watched. Whether it is a teenager with protective parents or an adult in the workplace with an ever-watching boss the feeling of continuously being watched is unnerving. Throughout history the levels of government supervision have fluctuated from lows to extremes but sometimes the future seems to hold even more watchful governments. These were the feelings when George Orwell wrote the novel 1984. George Orwell showed a world without the freedoms that citizens in the United States live with every day....   [tags: Supervision 1984 Orwell Essays] 921 words
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Dehumanization In Brave New World And 1984 - Imagine a world where mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters are no longer a part of society. Imagine a world of lifeless shells of humans. Both Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley, and 1984, by George Orwell, portray such societies that have been degraded by the idea of ‘utopia'. In such a distraught society it's no surprise that people will loss their humanity. For those characters that still had sanity, the impact of this world would twist their minds to the limit. To be human is to be able think and learn without any restraints....   [tags: 1984 Brave New World] 1201 words
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George Orwell's 1984 - George Orwell's 1984      War is Peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. These are the beliefs that the citizens of Oceania, in the novel titled 1984, written by George Orwell, live by. In this novel, Oceania, one of the three remaining world super powers, is a totalitarian, a society headed by 'Big Brother' and his regime, known as the ministries of Truth, Love, and Peace. A totalitarian government is defined as a government characterized by a political authority which exercises absolute and centralized control, and in which the state regulates every realm of life....   [tags: George Orwell 1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four Essays]
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Winston's Predicament in 1984 - Winston's Predicament in 1984 The dystopian world George Orwell created for 1984 is a bleak, emotionless place, grey shaded and foul smelling, full of hate and distrust. The humans that inhabit it do not live, they are simply expected to exist for the good of the sinister Party, a totalitarian government, while their leader gazes down at them from every wall, watching their every move. One of these humans, and our protagonist, is Winston Smith. His problems when simplified may seem like the problems of any other person: his lack of freedom, his repressed emotions and his desperate loneliness....   [tags: 1984 Literature George Orwell Essays Winston] 1411 words
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Casablanca and Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) - Casablanca and Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)          How can a hero survive in a world gone mad?  Both Casablanca, the classic 1940s film, and 1984, a piece of classic literature by George Orwell, revolve around a world in chaos, where it is impossible to trust anyone, and a war wages on within and without.  In 1984, the protagonist, Winston, hides from a totalitarian, thought controlling government, that is out to stomp out all aggression against the Party.  In Casablanca, the lead character, Rick, dealt with a world rocked by the impacts of World War II, where everyone was a spy, and even the spies were spied on.  Both wish for hope and courage in their mutually exclusive worlds, yet only Rick finds hope in his.  Winston dies with utter hopelessness, where no one will ever know of his life or deeds, yet he dies a hero.  Rick is a cynic, tossed into a chaotic yet romantic world, and comes forth victorious....   [tags: Nineteen Eighty-Four 1984 Essays] 906 words
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Corruption of Society in George Orwell’s 1984 and William Shakespeare’s Hamlet - The corruption of society in George Orwell’s 1984 and William Shakespeare’s Hamlet results both in the loss of innocence and the destruction of sanity. Winston from 1984 stood his grounds throughout the book, but the society standards and rules created by Big Brother soon consume him. Similarly, the entire Kingdom of Denmark bombarded Hamlet with betrayal amongst his own family and loved ones such that drove him into madness. This madness spread through both books in revenge of what the corrupted society has done to the character’s lives....   [tags: 1984, Hamlet] 822 words
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Analysis of George Orwell's 1984, Animal Farm, and Burmese Days - ... Winston, at the start of 1984, is unable to comprehend or perform doublethink, which is revealed to be a form of making the populace ignorant by emphasizing the aspect of rejecting “the evidence of your eyes and ears” (1984, 81). This concept is forced into Winston’s mind during his days of torture inside the Ministry of Love; before this, during Winston’s days of “thoughtcrime” and rebellion, he writes “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.” (1984, 81)....   [tags: 1984, Animal Farm, Burmese Days]
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The Tragic Flaws of Heroes Portrayed in Hamlet, Things Fall Apart and 1984 - In many works of Literature, a character comes forth as a hero, only to die because of a character trait known as a tragic flaw; Hamlet from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Okonkwo from Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, and Winston Smith from Orwell’s 1984 all exhibit that single trait, which leads, in one way or another, to their deaths. These three tragic heroes are both similar and different in many ways: the way they die, their tragic flaws, and what they learn. All three characters strongly exhibit the traits needed to be classified as a tragic hero....   [tags: Hamlet, Things Fall Apart, 1984] 749 words
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George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four 1984 - The book 1984 by George Orwell is merely a warning of what could happen to a society in the future after many years of decline. In the nineteen fifties it was thought of as a prophecy. Many people actually thought that George Orwell was a madman for predicting all of these events in this book to happen in the year 1984.       The story takes place in Oceania that is as a big country where there are smaller parts to it, like London where the main character Winston Smith lives. London is the former capital of the former country England....   [tags: 1984 by George Orwell] 594 words
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Betrayal in George Orwell’s 1984 and Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises - ... In a way, this naïve trusting is a sign of Winston’s inability to endure in the world he lives in because he is unable to control his desires of freedom from what he requires to survive in the totalitarian world which eventually presents his inability to distinguish between the honest from the dishonest. The story development infers a use of deception on Orwell’s part. The amount of hope the reader establishes with O’Brien is crushed once he or she discovers his actual motives. The phony sympathy act used by O’Brien to connect with the aspirations of Winston may be to only gain his trust....   [tags: The Sun Also Rises, 1984] 980 words
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Common Threads in George Orwell's 1984 and Today's Society - Common Threads in George Orwell's 1984 and Today's Society "Big Brother is Watching You"(Orwell 5). This simple phrase has become the cornerstone of the conspiracy theorists dialog. George Orwell may have writing a cautionary novel with 1984, but there is little possibility that he could have foreseen how close to reality his novel would truly become. In the past 50 years, the world has become a much more dangerous place. Along with this danger has come a call for governments to do more to protect their citizens....   [tags: American Literature Orwell 1984 Essays]
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Society’s Influence on 1984 and George Orwell - Society’s Influence on 1984 and George Orwell "To say 'I accept' in an age like our own is to say that you accept concentration-camps, rubber truncheons, Hitler, Stalin, bombs, aeroplanes, tinned food, machine guns, putsches, purges, slogans, Bedaux belts, gas-masks, submarines, spies, provocateurs, press-censorship, secret prisons, aspirins, Hollywood films and political murder" (Bookshelf I). Politics, society, economy, and war during the forties had a direct impact on life at the time. A good example of this influence was the writing of Eric Arthur Blair, whose pen-name was George Orwell (Bookshelf II)....   [tags: Nineteen Eighty-Four 1984 Essays]
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The Quintessential Negative Utopia in George Orwell's 1984 - The Quintessential Negative Utopia in George Orwell's 1984 1984 is George Orwell's arguably his most famous novel, and it remains one of the most powerful warnings ever made against the dangers of a totalitarian society. George Orwell was primarily a political novelist as a result of his life experiences. In Spain, Germany, and Russia, Orwell had seen for himself the peril of absolute political authority in an age of advanced technology; he illustrated that peril harshly in 1984. Orwell's book could be considered the most acknowledged in the genre of the negative utopian novel....   [tags: George Orwell 1984 Literature Essays] 3709 words
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The Struggle in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) - The Struggle in Nineteen Eighty-four (1984) In a world controlled by a higher power, constantly living in fear of doing or saying something wrong, thoughts can be incriminating. Even worse, any unpure thoughts may make you disappear. Constantly being watched, and observed without knowing. A telescreen watching every facial expression and recording any abnormal body language and movement everywhere you go. Even in your home there is no escape. You are unable to get away or turn off the power of the Telescreen and "Big Brother"....   [tags: Nineteen Eighty-Four 1984 Essays] 856 words
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Democracy Versus Totalitarianism in George Orwell's 1984 - Democracy Versus Totalitarianism in George Orwell's 1984 Winston Smith lived in a world of lies, chaos, and disorder. His uniform was shabby and living space cold and dirty. Changing the past to suit the present was his job where he worked, the Ministry of Truth. One day, he encountered a beautiful young woman of about 26 years of age and instantly fell in love. Little did he know that she would be the one who would end his life. He dreams of sleeping with her but fears that he would be captured by the Thought Police because sex is illegal....   [tags: Nineteen Eighty-Four 1984 Essays]
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1984 Telescreens Used To Instill Fear Into The Citizens - Terrifying Telescreens "War is Peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength." 1984 is a novel used as a warning to show what would happen to citizens if governments gained too much power. The Party uses different techniques to control every facet of life of the its citizens, or slaves. The citizens are much too afraid to revolt against the tyrannical government, because of the constant eye of the Party. The telescreens are used by the Party to instill fear into the citizens of Oceania....   [tags: George Orwell 1984 Influence Research] 1534 words
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1984 - The book 1984 tells a story of a world that is undergoing a totalitarian rule, whereby the freedom of human beings is removed and there is injustice present to all by the loss of privacy. It is a world where information can be changed and influenced in order to favour the Great Powers, I believe that this world of 1984 is possible for its looming signs are present worldwide. I believe that the chances of such a situation occurring depends on the societies capacity to do it, or in other words if the technology to bring about such a situation is available then the chance of this occurring is equally likely....   [tags: George Orwell] 1087 words
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Jason Caminiti's It's Like 1984 All Over Again - Jason Caminiti's It's Like 1984 All Over Again "Most people have written this book off as a good science fiction work." Says Jason Caminiti, writer of the 1984 critical essay, "It's Like 1984 All Over Again." What he refers to is the public's reaction to 1984, a novel discussing the government's involvement in personal affairs. Caminiti believes that the book holds truer to modern times than people believe. Although there may be no Ingsoc, telescreens, Newspeak, or even helicopters darting in and out of windows, the government still has their own wicked methods of controlling and monitoring American society....   [tags: It's Like 1984 All Over Again Essays] 1112 words
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George Orwell's Symbolism and Derivation for Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) - George Orwell's Symbolism and Derivation for 1984 George Orwell's 1984 had a profound effect upon the way people thought during the mid 20th century. The book signified Orwell's most complex novel which told the story of Arthur Koestler and the countless others who suffered because of the totalitarian governments in Eastern Europe (Meyers 114). When 1984 was published in 1949, the Cold War had just begun. The novel's ending was pessimistic and thus seemed as an attack on communism. The novel was also considered to be the prophecy of what would happen to the West if the communist ideology spread....   [tags: Nineteen Eighty-Four 1984 Essays]
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Metaphysics, Epistemology and George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) - Metaphysics, Epistemology and Orwell's 1984 Since the beginning of recorded time, philosophers have pondered questions of metaphysics (what exists, what is real) and epistemology (how we know what exists and is real, our proof). However in George Orwell's 1984, the need to answer these questions no longer exists for the majority, as the ruling party has created a new reality for its citizens, one in which what is real and what truly exists cannot be questioned. But on the flip side, the protagonist of 1984, Winston Smith, finds himself constantly searching for what is real in his life, and in a larger sense, in the society and world that surrounds him....   [tags: Nineteen Eighty-Four 1984 Essays]
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Importance of History in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) - The Importance of History in 1984 Time is an amazing element of the universe we are in. It is a driving force - we cannot speed it up or slow it down, it perpetually marches forward at a constant speed. After a moment in time has past, it becomes the past, and we have absolutely no way of going back to it to experience it again in a new way. Once time has past, all that remains is our perception of it. History is nothing more than our collective perceptions of the past. And perception is not like time - it is not constant, it can be altered....   [tags: Nineteen Eighty-Four 1984 Essays] 747 words
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Soulless Humanity in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) - Soulless Humanity in 1984   The year 1984 has since passed but George Orwell's prophetic vision of the future could still happen.  1984  portrays a society that has lost all trace of individuality, love, and critical thought.  George Orwell's "Negative Utopia" depicts the despair of the future of humans and also serves as a warning about fascism.     Orwell's sets the mood of the book as one of hopelessness for the future of humans.  He contrasts this mood with a popular philosophy: belief in the progress of humanity and the ability of people to institute peace and justice in the world.  These contrasting views set up the premise for the life of Winston Smith, who is one man caught in a society devoted to conformity.  Orwell's warning to this is that if people cannot change the way things are going, our society will lose their human qualities.  They will become soulless machines and not have a clue as to their new world they created.  This is the world in which Winston Smith is caught in.  He is different from the others and in a civilization which does not approve of individuality, Winston is targeted by the government from the beginning.  Being different in this populace only means rebellion and that exactly is what Winston sets out to do.  Winston believes that although he must conform on the outside, that no one can take his individual thought away.  Winston's individuality is the only hope for human nature for he questions the most basic principles of the regime, a thoughcrime.  One doctrine Winston questions is the concept of freedom-   "How could you have a slogan like 'freedom is slavery' when the concept of freedom has been abolished?"   Winston goes on to say there will be an end to thought.  "Orthodoxy means not thinking..."  "Orthodoxy is unconscienceness."     The belief that humanity is progressing while they are really losing their individuality is actually halting human progress.  Every aspect of life is changing for the worse while people believe humans are advancing.  One example is Newspeak.  As Syme put it, "You don't grasp the beauty of the destruction of words."  The destruction of words is seen as progress while in actuality, it is another step in destroying individuals and creating a hopeless future.  Once this happens, Orwell warns, all hope is lost....   [tags: Nineteen Eighty-Four 1984 Essays] 828 words
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America: 1984 - Walking down the sidewalk, driving through the streets, shopping at a store, entering a public building, surfing the internet, and talking on the phone all have one thing in common: You are being observed while doing it. With the increase of modern surveillance technology, the ability to watch each others’ every move has become easier. While, at first, this surveillance may seem extremely beneficial towards our country’s security and wellbeing, it has increasingly risked our own individual rights and freedoms....   [tags: U.S. Government]
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Analysis Of 1984 - Analysis of 1984 In 1949, an Englishman named Eric Blair published the novel 1984. Under the pseudonym, George Orwell, this author became one of the most respected and notable political writers for his time. 1984 was Orwell’s prophetic vision of the world to come. This creation of “Negative Utopia” was thoroughly convincing through Orwell’s use of setting and characterization. The theme conveyed by Orwell is that no matter how strong an individual a communist society would destroy any hope that that soul had of surviving, and that no matter the reasons told to the society, that power that the Party seeks is for no gain except for power....   [tags: essays research papers] 1360 words
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Doublethink In 1984 - What is doublethink. Orwell describes doublethink as “the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.'; In 1984, doublethink is the normal way of thought, and as a result everyone understands it and practices it. Doublethink is different from changing ones mind, lying, and self-deception in many ways. Doublethink involves believing in the two contradictory ideas at the same time. This is different from lying because lying is saying something that is wrong and knowing that it is wrong but still saying it anyway....   [tags: essays research papers] 1702 words
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1984 - A Worthy Assignment - Hundreds of titles, authors, novels, and classic works exist, yet how does one choose a few outstanding works from a sea of ingenious. As educators, teachers are bound by a code known as “core curriculum” as well as, relevance and a sensitive word known as controversy, when it comes to novels. However, these heavy boundaries only create a large pool of varying shades of gray. This process of selection leads high school English teachers nation wide to a single conundrum: Which novel is the right novel to assign....   [tags: Literature Review] 1283 words
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The Trials and Tribulations of 1984 - In the age of Big Brother, hiding the truth was the status-quo. One of its slogans was “Who controls the past, controls the future, who controls the present controls the past.” This illustrated the deceitfulness of the government. Big Brother was constantly altering the truth to exalt the Party’s accomplishments and eradicate the Party’s errors. The Party placed this enormous responsibility in the capable hands of the Ministry of Truth. However, where there is deception there is always an opposition to the deception namely the Brotherhood....   [tags: Literature Review]
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Orwell’s Totalitarian Government in 1984 - ... The main character in Orwell’s novel, Winston Smith, expresses his thoughts about the telescreen by realizing that “at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live -- did live, from habit that became instinct -- in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.” (Orwell 18) Orwell exposed what will happen if the government becomes too powerful and too concerned with the people’s lives that they are constantly watching every movement....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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