“It is hypocritical for a person to comme... ... middle of paper ... ...would truly know their innocence. Thoreau’s ideas don’t work in 1984 because they were not written for 1984. Thoreau’s main focus was the perverseness of his country’s government systems and hypocritical laws. He wrote in a time and place where one had the ability to speak their mind and protest, while Orwell wrote of a time where those privileges cease to exist. Thoreau demands the maintenance of individuality, a quality one sees fairly well in a democracy.
In the novel 1984, citizens are ruled by a totalitarian government, The face of this government is a symbolic authority figurehead labeled Big Brother who rules over 1984’s main location, Oceania. This abusive government gains control over its inhabitants by threatening torture or even execution to those who disobey it in any way. The citizens are constantly being informed of new wars between their country and others, making it seem as if they are always at war. Today we have the war on terror, a war that seemingly has no end in sight. In our modern day society it
In George Orwell’s book, 1984, the atmosphere created in the book is that of total control by one man- Big Brother. Big Brother is the leader of the Party and can make people think whatever he wants them to think (32). A large part of the atmosphere is represented by the suspense created by Winston Smith. The suspense begins in the first chapter when Winston purchases his diary (9). When he wrote the thought, “Down with Big Brother,” in his diary over and over, he was committing a thought crime and knew the Thought Police would catch him sooner or later.
Later in the novel the government tries even more drastic methods of control. Big Brother’s predictions in the Times are changed. The government is lying about production figures (pages 35-37). Even later in the novel, Syme’s name was left out on the Chess Committee list. He then essentially vanishes as though he had never truly existed (page 122).
Winston is caught up with the urge to become more corrupt. In any way that he could, Winston wants to stick it to the man: “No emotion was pure, because everything was mixed up with fear and hatred. Their embrace had been a battle, the climax a victory. It was a blow struck against the Party. It was a political act” (Orwell 126).
The right to think and speak out against the government is a cornerstone of any free, democratic society. This freedom was denied to the people living in Germany and the Soviet Union under their totalitarian dictators of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. Many warned of the dangerous path these types of totalitarian societies could lead to. In 1984, George Orwell warned western audiences of the threat totalitarian societies imposed on the freedom to think differently than the government as he saw in Nazi Germany and the communist Soviet Union in the late 1940s. 1984 centers around a man named Winston Smith in the futuristic, negative utopian society of Oceania.
He loved Big Brother” (298). The drastic evolution of Winston is the most prominent example of a government being able to have complete power over people. Winston had the strongest hatred towards the Party, meaning he was the most corrupt and hardest to fix in the eyes of the government. In actuality, such strong feelings are likely to get a point across, but the government in 1984 had brainwashing powers strong enough to finally get through to Winston, suppressing his feelings and gaining complete control over
1984 by George Orwell, is a dystopian novel that depicts a nation ruled under a totalitarian regime. The narrator introduces Winston Smith, who is thirty nine years old and lives in an apartment building that smells of “boiled cabbage” in London. Winston works as an administrator in the records department of the Ministry of Truth, which spreads public falsehoods by rewriting historical documents to what the ministry approves. The beginning chapters contain the political realities of Oceanic future society: the Police Patrol surveil citizens through their windows along with the Thought Police, who contain insidious power and remain anonymous. Big Brother is the totalitarian government’s image and Winston perceives Big Brothers images to be peering out from posters plastered throughout the city.
The novel takes place in London, which has become a part of Oceania, the nation state comprising the Americas and western Europe. A state of perpetual war and poverty is the rule in Oceania. However, this is merely a backdrop, far from the most terrifying aspect of life in 1984. Oceania is governed by a totalitarian bureaucracy, personified in the image of Big Brother, the all-knowing/ all-seeing godlike figure that represents the government. Big Brother is best described as a "totalitarian socialist dictator, a political demagogue and religious cult leader all rolled into one."
According to the government of Oceania, most acts Winston engages in represent signs of rebellion. For example, within the first few pages of the novel, Winston wrote down the words “DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER” several times in his journal (Orwell 16). “Big Brother” stands as the leader of the Party who supposedly watches over everybody. When Winston writes down the phrase “down with big brother,” he participates in ThoughtCrime. Committing ThoughtCrime requires having thoughts displaying hate or defiance towards the Party.