Society Corrupted By Government Conpression In George Orwell's 1984 By George Orwell

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George Orwell’s 1984 features a society corrupted by government dictatorship. The protagonist Winston Smith experiences an internal conflict with recalling his childhood, as well as an external conflict with the Party, illuminating the moral of the novel as a whole by characterizing what may occur if a government such as the one in 1984 ever took control. In the novel, Winston demonstrates how the freedom included in his earlier years continuously haunts him and leads him to commit crimes that eventually land him in prison where perpetual torture becomes a norm. Edward Said has emphasized that exile is both an “unhealable rift” and an “enriching experience.” While these two phrases contradict each other, Said is correct in his belief that…show more content…
Midway through the novel, as Winston works in the Ministry of Truth, he realizes that in his society there “was no such thing as happiness,” and that “privacy was a valuable thing;” Winston goes on to make the assumption that he “is playing in a game that he can’t ever win,” (135). These quotes demonstrate his resigned attitude towards the lifestyle forced upon him; exile from Winston’s simple pursuit of happiness and unalienable right to privacy causes him to feel as if he has nothing, and leads him to think about the devastating future as a result of his unknown past. He then states that as a result of "no emotion being pure, everything was mixed up with fear and hatred,” and that “as long as human beings stay human, death and life are the same thing,” (136). This proves how a government with full control can cause people to lose most of their human qualities. Winston’s faith in human progress diminishes as he continues to rebel; leading him to realize the improbity in man’s capacity to create a world of justice and peace. Big Brother’s role on the society in the novel exemplifies the definition of a complete dictatorship; it causes a population to solely depend upon the Party’s choices, giving the government the ability to shape individuals however they see fit to verify their absolute power while alienating its

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