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1984 a Novel by George Orwell

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In the novel 1984, by George Orwell, the thematic element of control is clearly portrayed through a variety of perspectives such as newspeak, telescreens, thoughtcrime, or in other words psychological, and physical manipulation. Firstly, telescreens play a very imperative role in 1984. The party use telescreens mainly for monitoring all members. Microphones are also hidden all across the city for an even better atmosphere of supervision. The party controls the telescreen by broadcasting propaganda about Oceania’s military victories, economic production figures, the nation anthem, and the Two Minute Hate Films. “Big Brother is Watching You” (3) is a slogan that is always shown or mentioned using telescreens. This itself is intimidating and dominating. It makes Oceanians second-guess their actions; therefore having no free will. Especially, since the consequences of betrayal towards Big Brother are extremely severe such as room 101. The party has the say in what members are exposed to and “It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time.” (5) Oceanians were used to the idea of living under a constant state of scrutiny brought by the advanced and invasive technology. Another aspect of control that is presented in 1984 is Newspeak, the ‘official’ language of Oceania. Language is the main connection to human thought. Therefore, the party limits and shifts the vocabulary available to use for Oceanians; constantly perfecting it making it harder to speak freely. The party introduced Newspeak to replace the English language. They had a goal in hopes of no one forming thoughts that would be seen as rebellious and or questioning the party’s power. The party seeks a narrow range of thought altogether so thoughtcrime wou... ... middle of paper ... ...ry young age, they were taught to thrive on catching people who were responsible for thoughtcrime. “’You’re a traitor!’ yelled the boy. ‘You’re a thought criminal!’” (25) The party was so infatuated with having power and authority, which resulted in no way of escaping the life of Big Brother at all for Oceanians. To conclude, there are many elements of control and manipulation, which are exposed in 1984. The Party had a way of adjusting all perspectives of people’s lives to their benefit, making it impossible to betray Big Brother. The Party made it their goal to control the minds of each individual of Oceania. “You must love Big Brother. It is not enough to obey him: you must love him.” (295) To assure that everyone was a Big Brother supporter they gave you one option and one option only, which was, to either support Big Brother or be tortured until to die one.
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