Metaphysics In George Orwell's 1984

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The novel 1984 is one that has sparked much controversy over the last several decades. It harbors many key ideas that lie at the root of all skepticism towards the book. With the ideas of metaphysics, change, and control in mind, George Orwell wrote 1984 to provide an interesting story but also to express his ideas of where he believed the world was heading. His ideas were considered widely ahead of their time, and he was really able to drive home how bleak and colorless our society really is. Orwell wrote this piece as a futuristic, dystopian book which contained underlying tones of despair and deceit. Metaphysics appears in the text in more ways than one and helps to really make us think about the world. The world for Winston is already …show more content…

Control is the ability to command a person to do what another person wants. This plays throughout the book by Big Brother. Big Brother is used by the main party to control the citizens. He is supposed to keep the citizens in their place. The quote “Big Brother is watching you” represents this. It makes sure that the citizens don’t turn away from the party’s views. If a citizen went away from the party’s views, “Big Brother” would execute them. Another version of control is formed by the party. They are called the three truths. The three truths are, “War is peace, Freedom is slavery, Ignorance is strength”. These laws are reminded to the citizens because it is up on the tallest building for everyone to see. Control can also be pushed through fear. Fear is a very good companion for control. Room 101 is the worst fear imaginable to the citizens. I shows through this quote " I 've got a wife and three children. The biggest of them isn 't six years old. You can take the whole lot of them and cut their throats in front of my eyes, and I 'll stand by and watch it. But not room 101!". The man is getting ready to face room 101 and would rather give up his wife and kids than to go in there. That is true fear. Control had a major role in throughout the story, whether fear was involved, or it was just pushed on

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