Passage Analysis: 1984 By George Orwell

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Dixon, Joe
Mrs. Mekari
English 11 IB
Period 4D
10 September 2015
Passage Analysis: Book 1 of 1984, Chapter 7 During the mid-twentieth century, the governments of Germany, Spain, and the Soviet Union were creating totalitarian political bodies with an increasing amount of control over its citizens. George Orwell, after seeing first-hand the dangers of dictatorship with Francisco Franco’s power in the Spanish Civil War, was an activist against totalitarian governments and published his acclaimed novel 1984 as a warning to the public. The book follows Winston Smith, a tortured Party member of a Big Brother government that actively manipulates the past and monitors its citizen’s actions. In the passage from 1984, the author George Orwell is emphasizing
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Party members in Oceanic society are constantly reminded of their government’s omnipotence through propaganda. The most common of which is the portrait of Big Brother, which is meant to assert fear into the viewer. Orwell successfully translates this mood through his language when describing this portrait, saying that it was “something that penetrated inside your skull, battering against your brain, frightening you out of your beliefs, persuading you, almost, to deny the evidence of your senses” (Orwell). By carefully choosing his words, the reader became more aware of how a simple picture can incite panic in a citizen of Oceanic society. He also changes the point of view to the second person, causing the reader to feel the emotion directed at themselves. This writing alone makes the reader understand how Winston’s seemingly obvious position in society is obscured by the complexity of his situation. By studying this passage, a reader will begin to understand the manipulation and confusion that a totalitarian government can cause, destroying the sanity of its people until they have no choice but to obey. Winston even admits that despite all the claims he could make against his governments validity, the government could be right. He know he does not have the mental ability to figure everything out on his own, so it was inevitable for him to eventually
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