Winston's sense of justice has to do with everybody; he feels everybody needs to be free to express themselves without the government having to interfere with everything. "Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they rebelled they cannot become conscious"(Orwell 61). Winston notices that the proles will never have the consciousness that they need to... ... middle of paper ... ... for that little piece of hope Oceania can have. 1984 is a novel that reveals the fear of having a government that completely controls and manipulates everything single aspect of someone's life and their environment. Winston is a character that gains hope that maybe he may be able to change the way the government treats the citizens of Oceania.
In the end we shall make thought-crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it” (Orwell, 46). One can detect from this quotation that the people of Oceania, as a group, have been brainwashed by the Inner Party to use only Newspeak. Syme, for one, understands the purpose of it, and he still complies with the system because he has been trained to do so. North America in 2001 is much different from Orwell’s 1984 because freedom of expression is a dominating factor in our culture’s communication. In conversation as well as newspapers and magazines, a variety of views and opinions are openly expressed.
In this case, the government has to use severe actions to ensure they will never act in this way again. Winston Smith, is a minor member of the ruling Party and is aware of some of these extreme tactics. Since Winston is not completely brainwashed by the propaganda like all the other citizens, he hates Big Brother passionately. Winston is one of the only who realize that Big Brother is wiping individual identity and is forcing collective identity. He is “conscious of [his] own identity”(40-41) .
The citizens of Oceania were convinced that Big Brother was always watching, the Thought Police could at any moment in time catch you for thinking something unlawful, or knowing there was nothing was illegal, but if caught it would end in death or twenty-five years in forced labor camp. (9) The Oceania society was not allowed to have thoughts or even opinions knowing their government has the capability of punishing them. The government had total and complete control of their people.
His journey into finding individuality shows his expression of freedom which no one else expressed. As Alex McGuinnis, a professional academic writer part of the Professional Development Collection, discusses the “Allness” language used by Big Brother to control a populous and perpetuate conformity within a society. As McGuinnis states, “Allness thinking is especially dangerous because those who influence our minds most in frequently are the people who are constantly groups using allness” (108). This quotes shows how Big Brother used “Allness” language to control the people in the society. Many times Winston is critical when talking about Big Brother and to show lack of conformity and resistance towards the regime.
John Locke says, “The reason why men enter into society is the preservation of their property; and the end while they choose and authorize a legislative is that there may be laws made, and rules set… to limit the power and moderate the dominion of every part and member of the society.” (Sec. 222) John was a big believer that a good government only happened when he was appointed by the people. Locke thinks that man will give their property and trust into a king that they specifically pick. Back then, it was absurd for a king t... ... middle of paper ... ...ent strangers from leaving; that species of tyranny has no place in our customs or our laws. All men are free.
Riley Taylor Eng IV 4th Hour 4/28/2014 Individualism Just Another Dream All people want to be who they and be remembered for what they did in life, but that is a challenge when that is not possible. In the novel 1984, written in 1949 by George Orwell, the only way person can be an individual is by defying Big Brother and the party. Being forced to be the same person for their whole life is enough to drive a person to go mad. Out of the many people in Oceania Winston Smith was one of many striving to be an individual, but the party makes it almost impossible. Winston tried many ways to rebel against Big Brother and stand out from others, but fell short of his dream and becoming just like the others in the party.
In essence the fictional Big Brother had taken over life to the furthest extent, including people's every action, even their thoughts. In the attempt to make a society where no individual could venture away from the dictatorship, or government, the result has become somewhat similar to the cloning of identities including personalities, thoughts, and just about everything that sets any one person different from another. In the book 1984 individuality has been abolished, citizens are seen specifically on a class level, and are not even allowed to have thoughts of their own because these thoughts may lead to an uproar or rebellion. History has been altered to fit the ideal of the government after the war. People are only allowed to remember and talk about the falsities that have been created.
Big Brother has gained control of Oceania by controlling every citizen's daily life. Big Brother has obtained this control by influencing family life, re-writing and erasing history, and inflicting extreme laws. Family life in the society of 1984 would not be considered family life in today's day in age. Family is supposed to be people you love and are affectionate with. Big Brother prevented either feeling in a family especially with two spouses.
Big Brother never claimed to be the chosen one because he wasn’t taking power for religious purposes. They called him Big Brother because the name sounds like he would be one to protect his people, but he is just brainwashing them. Big Brother uses the same methods of control that are used by every cult and totalist leader. He uses lies to convince the people that he is protecting them, but he is just putting them on a leash that gets smaller and smaller with each day. He prevents the flow of information within Oceania just like cults makes their own newspaper and books.