A conspiracy is a “secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful” ("Conspiracy."). One of the most conspiracy filled events in history just happens to be the John F. Kennedy assassination. Some ideas are way out there, but others sound like they might have at least a hint of truth in them. The book 1984, relates to a few of these schemes of how and such an event would happen, but even more importantly how it was covered up. In the book they were masterminds at covering up events and it is now my job to figure out how this book is similar to the JFK assassinations.
To understand these conspiracies, one must know the events that happened on this fateful day. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, who was our thirty fifth president, was killed in cold blood at 12:30 in the afternoon on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dealey Plaza, Texas. Kennedy was traveling in a presidential motorcade with his wife Jacqueline Kennedy when he was fatally shot. After a ten month investigation it was revealed that Lee Harvey Oswald was the shooter and was said to have acted alone. ("November 22, 1963: Death of the President.")
Oswald had used a mail ordered 6.5 mm Carcano carbine with a 4 power telescope ("JFK Assassination Firearms Factoids."). He was able to hit three of the targets in under 5.6 seconds (citation). Oswald was later discovered because of the partial handprint on the barrel of the rifle that was left at the scene of the crime ("JFK Assassination: Many Theories, but No 'real Evidence' of a Conspiracy."). Before Oswald could stand trial, he was shot and killed by a man named Jack Ruby who also acted alone ("JFK Assassination: Many Theories, but No 'real Evidence' of a Conspiracy.").
Before people had time to think of conspi...
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... part think for themselves. By this I mean we have the freedom to think to for ourselves and won't be punished for thinking differently. They might share feelings for certain things but they can all tell what’s going on. We are able to speculate what actually happened to Kennedy, make guesses on what we think is true. In the book there is no such free will. To think like that would surely get the person caught, tortured, and re-brainwashed. In the United States mores and laws against that sort of thing.
So the fact of the matter is, Orwell’s world is a scary one and society is getting closer and closer to it everyday. Lots of these changes are happening right under our nose. At what point does this end? To let one thing go is to let everything go. So next time a catastrophic event happens, stop and think what could possibly be hiding just underneath the surface.
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