Big Brother’s surveillance is so intense it could even control an individual's thoughts and ideas. All of the surveillance is in practice to keep the people’s attitude pure and loyal to the party. The novel follows a middle aged character named Winston Smith. Winston is a citizen living in this totalitarian government and is under 24 hour surveillance just like every other person who lives in Oceania. With all this mind control and brainwashing Winston believes there is something more.
“’You’re a traitor!’ yelled the boy. ‘You’re a thought criminal!’” (25) The party was so infatuated with having power and authority, which resulted in no way of escaping the life of Big Brother at all for Oceanians. To conclude, there are many elements of control and manipulation, which are exposed in 1984. The Party had a way of adjusting all perspectives of people’s lives to their benefit, making it impossible to betray Big Brother. The Party made it their goal to control the minds of each individual of Oceania.
In Oceania, the Party mainly uses technology as the chief ingredient to implement a psychological manipulation over society by controlling the information they receive. An example of this is the big screen television set up in every person’s home, and the poster all over the city. The giant “telescreen” in every citizen’s room blasts a constant stream of propaganda designed to make the failures and short successes of the Party appear to be glorious. In Winston Smith’s apartment, this “instrument” is always on spouting propaganda and constantly brain washing the peoples’ mind. In actual fact, “It could [only be] dimmed… there [is] no way of shutting it off”.
The Party decides what exactly to tell the public even if it isn’t accurate. The Ministry of Truth is responsible for the Party's publication and information. The citizens of Oceania were under constant influence by propaganda. “And if all others accepted the lie which the party imposed-if all records told the same tale-then the lie pas... ... middle of paper ... ...arved and tortured it’s victims with their worst fear Room 101. Nobody was released from The Ministry of Love until you believed in what The Party wanted you to believe.
As long as there is violence, citizens will stay obedient to the higher power, and even become violent themselves. The government uses this to their advantage to obtain their one desire: power. The role of violence is used by the totalitarian government to gain complete control over their citizens by using violence psychologically, physically, and motivationally towards the people of Oceania.
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.
In the novel 1984 by Orwell, an extremely controlling totalitarian government called The Party, rules the society. They have introduced Telescreens which monitor your every movement, conversations and any other action. The citizens of Oceania, located on Air Strip One, are psychologically manipulated to believe in the three main slogans of the party: ‘War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength’ (1948, Orwell). The citizens of Oceania are so brainwashed that they don’t question anything the party tells them or any new law they make. Thought crime occurs when someone does not fully agree and follow what the Party has said.
Big Brother is able to dominate his citizens through serious manipulation and effort, all of which is used to reach the goal of attaining all of the power. In Winston’s work at the Ministry of Truth being one of the ways I which the government attains power. The goal of the Ministry of Truth is to change history. By controlling our views regarding the past, the government is able to control how the future develops. Power is persuasive, and by using power effectively, the citizens of Oceania are persuaded that their friend yesterday is now the enemy and so on and so forth.
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.
When George Orwell wrote “Nineteen Eighty-Four” in 1949, he envisioned an omniscient government. Through the use of telescreens placed in all public and private areas, the government had the ability to constantly surveil all citizens of Oceania. Because of the constant surveillance, the government is able to instill fear, and most of the values that we cherish today (such as our privacy, free speech and ability to think independently) are disallowed. Although we might not know it, we live in a society similar to this today. As citizens of the US, we are unknowingly subject to some of the surveillance (and much more) that citizens of Oceania must endure.