Orwell's Analysis of the Government's Use of Power

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I. Introduction

A. Orwell's life as it relates to his works.

B. The danger of a totalitarian government.

II. Freedom of mind and body

A. Physical control

Extreme force and coercion

Effects of torment

B. Psychological manipulation

Doublethink

Use of propaganda

III. Technology role in government control

A. Compromise of privacy

B. Tele-screen vs. computers

IV. Control of communication

A. Control of information

Control of news

Control of history

a) Importance of history

b) Repeating history

B. Abuse of language

Language as control of the mind

Newspeak

V. Conclusion

A. Ignorance of Society

Danger of naïve working class

Society letting the government getaway with its abuse

B. Significance of Orwell's novel in modern day

George Orwell was the alias of Eric Blair, the author of 1984 and Animal Farm. Orwell was a political writer whose novels and essays criticized the political oppression taking place in Europe in the middle of the twentieth century. Orwell was a relentless opponent of capitalism and communism. He witnessed firsthand the horrific lengths to which totalitarian governments in Spain and Russia would go in order to sustain and increase their power during the Spanish Civil War. Orwell was deeply disturbed by the widespread cruelty and oppression he saw in communist countries (Duiker, 16-20). Orwell can be remembered through his works as a supporter of freedom and contester of capitalism and totalitarianism. Two of his greatest wor...

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