And that is exactly what Big Brother did. They had complete divisions set apart to change the history of the country to make it sound like they were doing great. The people who remembered the truth (like Winston) were considered rebels of the state and were to be “vaporized” (Orwell 51). It was not e... ... middle of paper ... ...ca we don’t have the “Ministry of Peace, Ministry of Love, Ministry of Truth, and Ministry of Plenty” (Orwell 8) we are slowly heading that direction. As time goes on and more technology advances, will the government be restricted?
The only way for the Party to stay in power is to keep the population brainwashed and manipulated into thinking that what the Party is doing by its citizens is the right thing by not providing words to express the wrong things that they are doing. Newspeak is the most effective way of controlling the population by a corrupted government.
Allowing for censorship to take part in any society is a domino effect that one-by-one removes all of its citizen’s rights and freedoms. In both societies, Bradbury’s and Fahrenheit 451, the government takes the driver’s seat and regulates what info the citizens can and will receive. Not only us this limiting the amount of knowledge learned, but is also puts all the power into selective and few hands. Lifeless and powerless, citizens are falling victim as the government controls them like puppeteers. All this control by censorship will eventually lead to a totalitarian nation.
Total governmental control is what countries have been seeking since the beginning of civilization. With the complete control over governmental affairs a totalitarian government can function to an exemplary degree of efficiency. The people are left out of the decisions and they are not to be worried about worldly affairs because the government makes all the decisions and gets objectives completed quickly and without hesitation. In George Orwell’s “1984” the dangers of a corrupted totalitarian government are illustrated through the plot of Winston Smith, the main character whom decides to challenge The Party’s power and authority after he commits a thoughtcrime. Also when Orwell published his novel he released this statement to protect his intentions, “My recent novel is NOT intended as an attack on Socialism or the British Labour Party (of which I am a supporter) but as a show-up of the perversions to which a centralized economy is liable and which have already been partly realized in Communism and Fascism” (Bloom 44).
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.
The Defence of the Realm act (DORA) gave them power to control all types of mass media, and allow the government to become more deeply linked with the public’s life. Only with the public’s backing could the government get the troops, weapons ammunition and equipment demanded by the war. The public were denied the diversity of information, because it might have delayed the war effort, and led them to doubt whether the war was worth fighting. At the beginning of the war, all news was censored, especially news of defeats. There were quite a few problems during the first few months on the western front yet all the public heard were stories of great victories.
had overheard some compromising remark and denounced his parents to the Thought Police” (24). By using the children of Oceania the Party is able to simultaneously find more people who could possibly try to rebel and create a new generation of citizens where the only alliance they feel is that towards Big Brother and the Party. The government has suppressed all basic human connections: “The terrible thing that the Party had done was to persuade you that mere impulses, mere feelings, were of no account, while at the same time robbing you of all power over the material world” (136). The government knows that human nature can overcome the influence of the Party, therefore they encourage the suppression of feelings so they have better control of the population. The bond Winston and Julia create evolves their disdain towards the regime gives them courage to fight against the government: “They can’t get inside you.
In doing so, society is to believe that war establishes peace and serenity. Just changing a few small items in history can alter human belief. By constantly feeding the people fraudulent information and hiding the truth, the Party can get the people to believe almost anything; eventually leading to complete dominance over the mind. Orwell argues that society is completely oblivious to the constraint that is involved in every day life. There is no individual in society and that everyone remains the same.
The Party controls everything from history to language. The Party is currently forcing the implementation of an invented language called Newspeak, which attempts to prevent political rebellion by eliminating all words related to it. Even thinking rebellious thoughts is illegal. Thoughtcri... ... middle of paper ... ...r reading this novel. Big Brother is the figurehead of a government that has total control.
The book “1984” written by George Orwell shows the life of an average person in a totalitarian state. The book explains the problems and dangers of a totalitarian government (Big Brother) staying in control and holding power over people. For a totalitarian government, especially in this novel to remain in control over their citizens, they need to get into the heads of everyone by “brainwashing” them. Big Brother successfully achieved that by manipulating the English language, rewriting world history, and by constantly reminding everyone that the government is watching them. Language allows people to freely express what they think and feel.