Definition Of Being Human

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What does it mean to be human? Is it the millions of cells that you’re composed of? Or is it something more? In George Orwell’s book 1984, through the use of his protagonist, Orwell looks at what it really means to be human. In a world that is built on destruction and manipulation, Orwell takes a look at how a totalitarian government affects humankind and a person’s ability to stay “human”. Each person has a different definition for what being human really stands for. To some, giving to others in a merciless way could constitute being human. In Orwell’s novel, his protagonist Winston would consider being human as the ability of a person to think and act freely. That is what Winston was trying to hold on to throughout the novel; his ability to stay human. With the government controlling every single aspect in the lives of their people, the ability to think and act freely was very hard to maintain. If one does not have the capability of controlling what they think, do, or even what they say then, according to Orwell, they cannot possibly remain “human”. In 1984 Orwell says, “’Who controls the past,’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future; who controls the present controls the past.’” (Orwell. PG 34). This is a significant quote that can be used to support the claim that being human is related to one’s ability to…show more content…
Every person has a different view of what this definition means, but they are all intertwined and related to each other. Every idea, every thought and dream is the composition of being human. The ability to think, speak, and create of your own accord is what Orwell says makes someone human. To me, being human is having the ability to question what is around you and learn from your surrounds. 1984 is used to depict a world that could be; a world where we would not have the ability to be free thinkers. This world is one that strips every one of their
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