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.
The dynamic, god-like character, Harrison Bergeron, is able to break free from his handicaps, but in the end is killed by an executive within the US Government. The authors of these novels and stories, George Orwell specifically, display their distaste for totalitarianism through the fictional governments that they create, the ways in which they depict these governments to be the villains, and their characters’ desire for a better life. In 1984, George Orwell created a complex, fascistic government with a hunger for power and control, and this type of governing is shown in other li... ... middle of paper ... ...rial governments were commonplace, and while they are fewer in number, these regimes still exist and are still jeopardizing human rights. Orwell’s novels are symbological of themes in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. 1984 and the society or government in it show the dangers of inhibited advancing of technology or the halting of human progress.
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.
1984 is a scathing critism of present, past, and future societies. In particular it alludes to totalitarianism as found in both the left wing communist and right wing fascist communist governments that arose between the two World War’s and the post war periods throughout. The portrayal of Big Brother and his party is much so relatable to images to the Soviet Union under the leadership of a communist dictator. The society created in Orwell’s novel 1984, is a society totally controlled by the Party which strips the individual of all freedom, Orwell is warning us not to give up individual rights to a totalitarian lead society. All words, facial expressions, activities, and thoughts are closely monitored by Big Brother through telescreens and Thought Police.
Theme: Suppression/Government The novel entitled 1984 by George Orwell depicts a dystopian society where citizens are under complete control by an invisible yet superior force, labeled as “Big Brother.” In the story, the world had been divided into three assemblies, and although the novel focused on one–Oceania–it was evident that all of Earth was undergoing the same sort of totalitarian political system. It never became clear to readers or main characters just how the revolution from a Capitalist society to a dictatorship of sorts occurred, it was only clear that Big Brother was an almighty force; one not to be reckoned with. This government had gained complete control; the class system that consisted of the Inner and Outer Parties as well
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.
They join a secret alliance called The Brotherhood, who's specific purpose is the end of The Party. Through the literature of The Brotherhood, they learn about the inner workings of The Party and how it accomplishes its stronghold on the people. The world as Winston knows it comes crashing down when he and Julia are arrested by the thought police, a faction of the government which deals with those who do not agree and abide by the ways of The Party. They are taken to a prison unlike any other. Winston is constantly tortured and beaten, until he confesses to crimes which he didn't commit or never even happened.
The struggle for complete domination and power has been apparent in the past, most notably when Germany and Russia conflicted to maintain control in World War 2. In 1984, written by George Orwell, a totalitarian society seeks unlimited power by constantly monitoring it citizens. This monitoring was used to manipulate the minds and alter the thoughts of the people of Oceania. The population of Oceania is led to support ideas, which they do not truly believe. The lack of privacy and personal belief in citizens induces the idea of “doublethink”, where two contradictory ideas are both accepted.
Big Brother is always awake and has an eye on us. As of today, Big Brother has risen taller and mightier. He has gained the power to control what we can have knowledge about and has infiltrated into our private lives. George Orwell’s novel 1984, prophesied coming of our democracy of a negative utopia has been proven by current events. Today, the United States democracy is looking much like the totalitarian state of 1984.