This story shows the danger of a world in which the government has too much control. The novel shows how the government controls its people, eliminating their individuality and the essence of everything that makes a human a human. "And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed-if all records told the same tale-then the lie passed into history and became truth. 'Who controls the past' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.'" (Page 37) Though this society is efficient, it means little since the people cannot enjoy freedom and therefore have no rights.
Throughout the book 1984, by George Orwell, society was constantly being monitored and limited in their freedom. Orwell wrote this book to depict the most absolute and powerful totalitarian government. It showed people of his time how this could all be a possibility in the near future and the risks of accepting this form of control. He was able to create an extreme portrayal of the extent rulers would go to, to obtain total power over everyone. In the book, the government had set up a world of lies and deception, which people had to believe or else their life was at risk.
These contrasting views set up the premise for the life of Winston, who is the protagonist character caught in a society devoted to conformity. Winston Smith is a thin, frail, thoughtful, and intellectual, mid-age man who hates the totalitarian control and enforced power of his government. Orwell's warning message in his book is to display that if people cannot change the way things are going, our society will lose all human qualities. They will become soulless machines and not have a clue as to their new world they created for themselves. Winston is different from the rest of his society which is a civilization that does not approve of individuality of your true self.
These slogans highlight just how backwards the intentions of The Party are, they are not advocating peace, freedom, or strength through their society. They are in fact advocating the complete antithesis of these qualities. Along with this, there are several additional occasions through the novel in which Orwell employs irony, such as how the Ministry of Love is only entered through a “maze of barbed-wire entanglements, steel doors, and hidden machine-gun nests” (4), and concerned itself with the torture of unlawful citizens. How the Ministry of Truth actively forges past documents in order to prevent the citizens from learning from the past. How the Ministry of Peace “concerned itself with war” (4), and how the Ministry of Plenty concerns itself with rationing public resources such as shoelaces and pans.
1984, by George Orwell, is a novel that is ultimately about a totalitarian form of government and it's negative aspects that it imposes on society. The readers clearly see that George Orwell opposes this form of government because it limits not only freedoms, but the idea of freedom itself. The idea of pure freedom is shattered as we see the protagonist's mission to overthrow Big Brother fail. Big Brother may have not even been real. However, the fear that this imaginery person/ organization imposed on society was real.
The book and the movie, respectively, are much more than simple narratives. Using dark dystopian settings, the authors show how futuristic societies are instead tyrannized by their fearsome governments who mask themselves in a utopian ideal. The protagonists, Orwell’s Winston Smith and McTeigue’s V, realize the corrupted totalitarian nature of their government as they plan to break free from their ruling power. While almost six decades separate these two pieces of fiction, the authors resides both protagonists in a society ruled by tyrannical power, but the severity of oppression differ. Additionally, the main characters share deep hatred toward their government, yet Winston and V have different characteristics which affect their influence on society in 1984 and V for Vendetta.
Mildred, Montag's wife and a prime example of Fahrenheit society... ... middle of paper ... ...e feat of altering people’s mindsets, about literature in this case. Fahrenheit government is an oppressive, powerful force, insuperable by any singular person. Not only has this group of dictators suppressed the individuality of the people, they have turned each person against the best interests of society itself. Montag, the main character and do-gooder protagonist of the novel, tries to revolt against the government, yet soon realizes its true strength. The governing administrators of Fahrenheit’s America prove to have attained true power; the power to alter people’s minds to control and manipulate them.
However efficient this method may be in suppressing even the inklings of rebellious thought, such treatment of the people is bound to result in some form of unhappiness, whether expressed or not. On a certain level, I respect the attempts of the Party at trying to suppress thought through language in that one would not realize they were unhappy if they could not think it (assuming that language is the base of all thought), let alone express it. All this suppression is made clear to the reader towards the end of the novel as Smith is being tortured by the all-knowing O'Brien. He reveals to Smith that the Party never intended to from a utopia, and that such an idea was laughable to them. Rather, they chose to direct their energies and attentions at obtaining total and com... ... middle of paper ... ...ganda designed to make the people believe that the government was extremely successful and that any war they were waging at the time was a victorious venture.
Their forced ignorant perception of the world, including hatred for a plethora of other countries due to the fabricated past that they are taught, and common emotions make it possible for their society to survive on leader devotion, false victory, and hatred. In the world of 1984, written by George Orwell, indifference and hate toward others is what the government, the Party, thrives on. The rebel force, the Brotherhood, would like to annihilate the Party but not to change the outlook on life or on people. The main goal of the Brotherhood is put the people into different hands but with the same hatred and control. As an interview is being held for admittance into the rebellion the questions were gruesome.
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.