Throughout the evolution of man, power and control have been idealized. When power is attained by manipulative dictators, citizens may initially view them as a means to satisfy their need for structure and direction. An author’s grim prophecy of mankind in a totalitarian society is depicted in George Orwell’s, 1984. Citizens in Oceania are governed by the Party Big Brother, which succeeds in controlling their actions and minds. The concept of oppression is taken to a new level, until there is no sense of humanity within the society.
The book 1984, by George Orwell is based on the theory of “Big Brother” and how he is always watching you. In the book, the Oceania government controls their citizens by saying and ordering them into not doing certain things. Which then forced their citizens to deceive their government by going in to hiding. When Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941, Japanese-Americans were ordered to do certain things as well. Both of these two events prove that the government can force their citizens to do anything under their power.
Everything that happens throughout the book is government related and tends to manipulate some people of Oceania. Since their government is totalitarian they seek absolute power towards their people. This shows warning of what might happen id our government becomes too powerful, the party is trying to avoid any sort of rebellion from the people.
Big Brother is the leader Oceania, a totalitarian state, who wishes to gain full control and manipulate the people of Oceania. Big Brother is able to effectively control the people of Oceania through Newspeak, a language that will eventually limit their freedom of thought, influence
Big Brother’s dominants the lives of the citizens by strongly executing the idea of ‘mind over matter’ or doublethink to control the minds of the people, by the creation of groundbreaking technology to control the actions of the citizens and by controlling and modifying the English spoken and written language to express authority over freedom of thought and speech. The combination of the three methods helps Big Brother to create a never-ending rein on the minds and hearts of the citizens of Oceania. In Oceania, the concept of ‘mind over matter’ is the very foundation of the gov... ... middle of paper ... ...a. Stalin in Russia, Hitler in Germany and Mussolini in Italy all attempted to create a world where everything was controlled by a supreme ruler; there were no rights extended to the citizens of Oceania. To counter every such attempt to create a dystopia, the world gathered and fought as one, so that natural rights can be returned to the citizens, and spread humanity. The fight to create a united and equal civilization is far from over, all over the world these natural rights are snatched from innocent people, in the name or caste, religion, gender and age, to achieve power.
The government of Oceania has been using doublethink in a variety of ways to help benefit their government. Oceania uses doublethink to alter history and the memories of their people, gain power over their super-state by using manipulative slogans, create a whole new language called Newspeak that prohibits the use of “negative” terms such as: honor, justice, morality, science, and religion, and lastly by torturing the non believers into the belief of doublethink in order to keep citizens such as Winston Smith from getting out of line. Oceania’s government mainly revolves around the use of doublethink in order to weaken their people and to help them strengthen their government and control over their people. Works Cited Becnel, Kim E. “How to Write about 1984.” Bloom's How to Write about George Orwell, Chelsea House, 2017. Bloom's Literature, online.infobase.com/HRC/Search/Details/45653?q=1984 doublethink.
WAR IS PEACE. FREEDOM IS SLAVERY. IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH. These are the official slogans of the Party that have been utilized as a propaganda in Orwell’s dystopia novel 1984 to brainwash the citizens of Oceania into thinking that the Party’s action is for the best of them, yet it turns out ironically that these citizens have been the victims of the Party’s deadliest weapon of control. For example, one of the slogans, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH, serves the foundation of the preservation of the society in Oceania.
Since the beginning of time man has tried to build vast empires to control the globe. Manifest Destiny has been sown into our human nature creating in us the desire to conquer. In the United States, we are accustomed to a safe democratic government where everyone has a voice and freedoms, but what if it all changed? What would it even look like for America to be stripped of all our freedoms, rights, and liberties? We think this is crazy and could never happen, but George Orwell illustrates, throughout his novel 1984, the possible dangers of complete government control.
George Orwell’s novel 1984, is the most powerful warnings ever released about the dangers and the controls of living under a totalitarian government. The main character, Winston Smith is at war, trying to control the Inner Party and rebelling against Big Brother, the dictator of Oceania. The author gives us readers an image of inhumanity and the impacts it has in the citizens, physically and mentally. Orwell uses literary elements such as imagery, foreshadowing, symbolism, and irony to demonstrate the theme of indestructible of a totalitarism. To start off, Orwells uses imagery to show readers of how totalitarian government only remains to keep their power instead of caring for their people.
Many descriptions similar to this are given in the book and help explain the way in which the socialist government of Oceania operates. It explains how a strong ruler can manipulate facts to fit his or her own intentions, which is often what socialist rulers may have done and still may do. Many of the ideas in 1984 were written to show predictions of what the world might be like if people did not question and act on what was happening around them. Orwell wrote 1984 after World War II when socialist governments which had gone wrong, like Russia, were becoming a powerful force in the world. Orwell, having once fought against Communist Russia, saw how much of a dangerous power they could become in the future, and in turn found it necessary to inform readers of what the future could hold.