However, he repeatedly observed such rebellions lapse and d... ... middle of paper ... ...ver from. The latter of the two outcomes in this situation is what we are presented in 1984. In this situation, in which the totalitarian dystopia survives, the individuals in charge, the Party, cannot deny the lure of authority and become power hungry. Orwell means to warn us that a flawless totalitarianism government will always lead to the exploitation of the general public, economic disaster, and unchecked power to punish, control, and declare war upon anyone or anything. Works Cited 1.
Big Brother is watching you! This is one of the frightening propaganda posters portrayed in George Orwell’s novel 1984, which offers a terrifying prophetic vision of a totalitarian state. A totalitarian government is one which subjugated its citizens and holds complete authority over the society and seeks to control all aspects of its citizen’s public and private life. It’s these type of controlling governments that use several deceptive strategies to gain control of a nation such as censorship of media, propaganda everywhere, ruling using fear, and secret police forces (Thought Police). It is this tyrannical government that Orwell feared would come true in the near future.
Hobbes is not talking about equality in the sense that God made all people equal but in the sense that we all have the ability to kill one another. Also nature causes all men and women to have self-preservation. .According to Hobbes, despite nature not supporting justice and the greatest good does not mean people can never live under a sovereign entity that implements laws and punishments. The sovereign implements laws through fear. When there is no sovereign, people will always live in a state of war.
1984 written by George Orwell can be described as one of the most dramatic and realistic displays of writing, presenting the jeopardy of one's lives and society through an oppressive government. The book forces the audience to face their own thoughts that make them see themselves in Smith's position. Orwell purposefully creates such a dystopia where there is no hope and all freedoms are nonexistent in order to show how different a government can be if it is allowed to. The novel was written following World War II, at the start of the Cold War and before major media advancements. Orwells prediction of totalitarian governments is surprisingly true even in America as the government is able to monitor anyone anywhere.
Both Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four directly exemplify the destructive effects of a totalitarian government hidden behind the mask of a seemingly utopian society. Although each dystopia is depicted in very different ways, many similarities are evident: for example, the oppression the citizens are forced to suffer. Unjust control, cruel treatment, and dramatic punishments are typical of each society. The threefold government of Nineteen Eighty-Four ensures constant, total control over all civilians through fear and ignorance. Brave New World’s “world controllers” act as Huxley’s version of the Inner Party, or the elite, ruling minority, and have the same responsibility.
Orwell’s novels, Animal Farm and 1984, reveal reality as a state of mind, easily distorted by means of fear that allows the totalitarian government to retain its power. George Orwell’s message in Animal Farm and 1984 cautions against the frightening ways a totalitarian government will uphold its command. Fear is easily utilized by a completely tyrannical authority to control citizens, keep the populace loyal and to adjust actuality. Fear is easily utilized by all to obtain preferred results. Controlling powers desire most to maintain its authority, hence the extreme control over citizens and reality through terror.
In both situations, the authorities go to great lengths in hope to reach Utopianism by the process of spying, monitoring, and brainwashing civilians. The amount of corruption lurking beneath the soil is greater than all the peacefulness found in a Utopian society. Although these societies make an attempt to annihilate the evil, there will always be characters like Alex and Winston Smith who poison the system with their extreme beliefs, violent outbreaks, and thoughtless crimes. Alex, a selfish adolescent, cares only about his desire to inflict pain and damage to his neighbors and his surroundings. And Winston is a curious man forced to obey a culture that discriminates, oppresses, and desensitizes his knowledge of the past political structure.
Disobedient members can be sent to the Palace of Corrective Detention and lashed, as is the case with Prometheus, or, for extreme infringements, can be burned alive like the Transgressor of the Unspeakable Word. The wielding of such brutal force helps the dictatorship uphold its authority. The dictatorship also manages to keep its subjects in line through brainwashing. As Prometheus writes, "Everything which comes from the many is good. Everything which comes from the one is evil.
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Milan Kundera said, “Totalitarianism is not only hell, but all the dream of paradise-- the age-old dream of a world where everybody would live in harmony, united by a single common will and faith, without secrets from one another.” In the book 1984, George Orwell tells the story of how it would be to live in a totalitarianistic society. At totalitarianism society is a central government that does not let people voice their opinion. You could describe it as a dictatorship, where one person is in charge of everything. It describes very clearly the struggles people had to overcome and the fears that had to face to live in such conditions. In Oceania, Big Brother watches over everyone.