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.
Big Brother is watching you! This is one of the frightening propaganda posters portrayed in George Orwell’s novel 1984, which offers a terrifying prophetic vision of a totalitarian state. A totalitarian government is one which subjugated its citizens and holds complete authority over the society and seeks to control all aspects of its citizen’s public and private life. It’s these type of controlling governments that use several deceptive strategies to gain control of a nation such as censorship of media, propaganda everywhere, ruling using fear, and secret police forces (Thought Police). It is this tyrannical government that Orwell feared would come true in the near future.
Big Brother is the figurehead of a government that has total control. The Big Brother regime uses propaganda and puts fear in its citizens to keep the general population in line. “Big Brother is watching you”(5) is just one example of many party slogans that puts fear in its citizens. Big Brother uses various ways to catch people guilty of bad thoughts And the term Big Brother is used though out other literature as well as other forms of media and communication. Lesson Ideas 1.
If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever.”(1) This quote encompasses the intention that George Orwell had in mind when contriving 1984; he intended to caution society about the menace of a totalitarian dystopian world, in which there is no freedom, citizens are being indoctrinated, and how the ever existing lure to power will perpetually manipulate politics. In part one of this essay I will first discuss the themes of 1984 then I will consider Orwell’s objectives in writing the novel. Two of the primary themes in 1984 are totalitarianism and power. All of these themes work hand in hand to form the interpretation that Orwell had of the future and preeminent social aspects. Here I will analyze the methods by which these themes are implemented and their importance in delivering the essence of the novel.
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With recently reading the book 1984, I’ve wondered if this event was an accident or was it staged? In the book a totalitarian government runs and controls all of the people of Oceania. It demonstrates the capability of the human species to dominate one another and to some cases even brainwashing each other. Even though this book was written before the actual year of 1984 this demonstrates the fear that people from our past had, due to all of our misbehavior. The brain is capable of many things and as history has shown before with Hitler(a dictator) and so many other leaders, we will stop at nothing to get our hands on the power of full control and dominance whether it’s by destroying evidence and creating our lies to save ourselves from trouble or by making the world believe the lies of the media and concealing the truth.
In George Orwell’s dystopian novel, the government blocks almost all forms of self-expression in order to assert its authority over the people. Those within the society who show signs of defiance against the set rules, even those who act unwillingly, are seen as a threat to the success of the regime are wiped from existence. In Orwell’s 1984, the government uses different forms of propaganda and brainwashing to achieve complete control of society for their own personal benefit. The government in 1984 uses different forms of distraction to prevent the feeling of rebellion caused by the unjust form of governing. In the book supposedly written by Goldstein, it states, “In one combination or another, these three superstates are permanently at
The dangers of totalitarianism are prominent in the novel 1984 and in the film Brave New World through symbolism, the suppression of natural human emotions and orthodoxy of the characters. Symbolism is used to show how the ruling powers exercise total control and keep watch over their citizens’ lives t... ... middle of paper ... ...cal manipulation, abuse of technology, the hallucinogen soma and conditioning. The Party forbids all intimacy for its members whereas the World State encourages the pursuit of pleasure, such as lust, while banning any relationships involving true love. Winston and Julia learn to love Big Brother after undergoing intensive physical torture, whilst Lenina and Bernard realize they love each other, which leads them to become rejected by their society. The Party and the World State maintained fake façades to appear as though they were all perfect, but in reality they were flawed, dangerous, power hungry oppressors that suppressed individual free will and the fundamental emotion love.