We think this is crazy and could never happen, but George Orwell illustrates, throughout his novel 1984, the possible dangers of complete government control. Even though this exaggerated society seems farfetched, many of his fictional governmental qualities are starting to line up with our government today. Throughout the novel the totalitarian government, called Big Brother, is constantly attacking the people psychologically. One of the first things that strikes protagonist Winston Smith is a poster in the street, reading “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU” (Orwell 5). From the very beginning of the book, the government is already shoving fear down on top of the citizens of Oceana.
However, the fear that this imaginery person/ organization imposed on society was real. Winston Smith, the protagonist, feels like the only person who sees what Big Brother is doing to society- watching thier every movements, limiting their freedoms, lying through the news, and distracting people from the real problems that were at hand. The underlying problem was that Big Brother tried to instill fear in people so that they do not rebel. Fear was his tool for taking control of society. I believe that this book was a result of a premonintion that George Orwell had about the future; this book was a warning, but this warning was and is overlooked.
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". This novel is of a man's struggle against a totalitarian government that controls the ideas and thoughts of its citizens. In the novel 1984 by George Orwell the government used advanced mind reading techniques to discover the thoughts of the people and punish those who show signs of rebellion against the government. The novel is supposed to be a prophetic story, however, it was somewhat wrong in predicting the date when this government would rein.
1984 written by George Orwell can be described as one of the most dramatic and realistic displays of writing, presenting the jeopardy of one's lives and society through an oppressive government. The book forces the audience to face their own thoughts that make them see themselves in Smith's position. Orwell purposefully creates such a dystopia where there is no hope and all freedoms are nonexistent in order to show how different a government can be if it is allowed to. The novel was written following World War II, at the start of the Cold War and before major media advancements. Orwells prediction of totalitarian governments is surprisingly true even in America as the government is able to monitor anyone anywhere.
As I read the novel, I felt troubled. I began to understand why these proles never rebelled or stood up for themselves. I realize the extent of the In... ... middle of paper ... ...tarian government stronger. The ending shows me how in a society described in the novel, even the last sliver of hope, love and humanity cannot win against a powerful, oppressive system. For me, the real horror in the novel is the fact that Winston, try as he might, cannot win against the oppressive, brutal system.
Everyday we are all in trying to be persuaded into believing something using media and the government, as don’t in George Orwell’s novel, 1984 manipulation is used by the government to persuade the citizens that their leader, Big Brother, is portraying to be. For which ever reason information is manipulated, it is still a form of attempting to persuade opinions. In many forms people manipulate information in hopes that they will gain something, whether it be to gain power or to try and convince people that something or someone is correct. September 11th 2001 is one of the most terrifying, tragic, and most talked about days in the history of the United Sates. Although the official story was given out to the public many people question the events which happened and turn to one of the many conspiracies.
As an interview is being held for admittance into the rebellion the questions were gruesome. O’Brien asks Winsto... ... middle of paper ... ...etely devoted to the Party and knew nothing of before Big Brother, only the hatred for the Brotherhood and whatever he decides is right. I believe that even has a first generation citizen in such a society I would be forced to live under the rule of hatred. I would not want to at first but, brainwashing and psychological damage would rewire my mind. I have no doubt that as a second generation and beyond citizen of a hatred society I would live a life completely consumed with hatred and if I was told two plus two equals five, I would believe it.
He even emphasizes on the weakness of a normal citizen, Winston, when he reveals that not even the truth will defend them from living in fear. The Benefactor and Big Brother are two dictators who use different types of propaganda to control its people mind consciousness. The authors uncover through the dramatic and fatal outcome of both D-503 and Winston lives in comparison with fear and threat. Even today, people still continue to live in propaganda; over mass media. Overall, this technical state reveals that human will never be able to escape from living in full of lies.
1984 serves as a warning to communism and as a result, ... ... middle of paper ... ...ay he does, leaving Winston suffering in an eternal hell. This death of the mind is far worse than physical death for Winston, as the one thing he had –freedom– is stolen from him. This “death” is meant to leave the reader angered and annoyed, in order for the book to serve the purpose of leaving the reader disgusted by totalitarian regimes. Most people, at the time the novel was written, had great hopes and expectations for the future; it just so happened that communism became the new social experiment. Many people truly believed that this sort of governance was the best way to rule a country.
In Ray Bradbury's award-winning novel, Fahrenheit 451, society feels the true weight of those who are powerful, the government, but the beauty of it is that the people do not realize it. The government works to destroy all books and knowledgeable material, and essentially eradicate all the individualism, the personal opinions of the people. Guy Montag, the main character and protagonist, makes an effort to resist the oppressiveness of the government, yet soon realizes that his sole efforts will never be sufficient to bring awareness to the oblivious people, as the government had removed all judgment and personal opinion, destroyed any evidence of their existence. The people had been lost to the power of the government. Hence, Fahrenheit society falls victim to the government because the people allow their minds to be overtaken and their individualism to be destroyed.