Through tactical approaches that target the lifestyles of the population, totalitarian governments break down an individual’s willpower, which leads to a sense of constant helplessness. The helpless population serves as fuel for making the government stronger because once people feel helpless, they are at the mercy of their government and thus cannot formulate their own thoughts and opinions to question authority Blind nationalism is an effective tool to control society because they are susceptible to conformity. Failure to conform to social norms may result in one's vaporization, as noted in 1984 when someone displays any irrelevant thoughts in front of a telescreen. They are constantly watched and expected to act angry during the Two Minutes Hate and to act neutral during any other meaningful social interaction. As people gather in a herd around a telescreen, Winston observes that “The horrible thing about the two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but that it was impossible to avoid joining in” (Orwell 16).
In 1984, Orwell fears government control of media because it helped brainwash and control the citizens in Nazi Germany and the USSR and today it continues to inhibit free will and thought in areas such as China and Russia. Several times throughout 1984, Orwell emphasizes the dangers of the government having total control of the media. The government holds a tight rein over the large population of the proles by producing all of the media they have access to. When referring to the Party’s control over the media he says “the primary job was not to reconstruct the past but to supply the citizens of Oceania… with every conceivable kind of information (Orwell 43).” Orwell fears that this control over the supply of all information, which is announced and broadcasted through the media, leads to mindless citizens and brainwashed children. Winston’s work in the Ministry of Truth makes “it is now impossible for any human being to prove by documentary evidence that the war with Eurasia ever occurred (Orwell 183).” The governments control over history leads to citizens easily believing what they hear in the media and even if someone does not believe there is nothing they can do to disprove it.
In George Orwell’s dystopian novel, the government blocks almost all forms of self-expression in order to assert its authority over the people. Those within the society who show signs of defiance against the set rules, even those who act unwillingly, are seen as a threat to the success of the regime are wiped from existence. In Orwell’s 1984, the government uses different forms of propaganda and brainwashing to achieve complete control of society for their own personal benefit. The government in 1984 uses different forms of distraction to prevent the feeling of rebellion caused by the unjust form of governing. In the book supposedly written by Goldstein, it states, “In one combination or another, these three superstates are permanently at
This essay with compare and contrast the message and tone of each novel as well as consider whether the utopia is a positive or negative one. In 1984, George Orwell explores the many facets of a negative utopia. Orwell seems to focus on the measures that the government takes to maintain a public of plebeians who have no personality or identity and believe that they are not unique individuals, but instead are part of a greater senseless mob of people who constantly work for a hostile and oppressive government which is involved in incessant wars. These people are taught to love. They then learn to fear their government because they believe all of the propaganda that is constantly instilled into their minds.
In George Orwell’s 1984, William Golding's Lord of the Flies, and Public Enemy’s Fight The Power, it is impossible for more than one person to have power at a time because it causes fighting amongst each other which prevents leaders from focusing on people’s needs. In 1984 The Party and The Brotherhood cannot both have power because The Party wants to have strict control over everyone and The Brotherhood wants to individual freedom. In Lord of the Flies Jack and Ralph cannot both have power because Jack wants to be in control and to hunt, and Ralph wants to be in control and be saved. Lastly in Fight the Power the narrator and “The Powers That Be” cannot both have power because the narrator wants freedom of speech “The Powers That Be” they do not want freedom of speech. First in 1984 The Party and The Brotherhood cannot both have power because The Party wants to have strict control and The Brotherhood wants freedom.
I couldn't help it. "(52) replied David. After David got beaten by his father he could not help but tell them that Sophie is a deviation.The last thing David would do is put Sophie in danger. As a result, Waknut does control the citizens with fear, religious propaganda and the fact that the fringes live in a dehumanized state. The community is to strict and isolated.
Relationships don’t even exist and family is forbidden to all. Their saying everyone is for everyone has taking its toll on society and shows how government power has manipulated the citizens to believe in that way. Government control in both societies has exceeded its authority to promote happiness that their citizens are actually unhappy. The worlds in both novels are giving a fake reality to stop citizens from seeing the actual truth, all in which lead them to be emotionless and heartless. The two best emotions both books are supposed to represent in their own way actually downplay it by insufficient
George Orwell’s novel, 1984, depicts a dystopian vision of the future, one in which its citizens thoughts and actions are controlled by Big Brother government. This novel relates the ruthless surveillance and lack of privacy of the citizens to government actions today. Totalitarianism, surveillance, and lack of privacy may all be common themes in Orwell’s novel 1984, but are also prevalent in modern day society and government. Many people today have and will continue to dismiss the ideologies mentioned in 1984 as unrealistic predictions which could never occur in the democratic run system they live by today. But, are Orwell’s ideologies completely implausible, or have his predictions already played a hidden role in society?
The Significance of Childhood “No dictator, no invader, can hold an imprison population by force of arms forever.” – J. Michael Straczynski. Equality 7-2521 is imprisoned under the Council’s rule, along with the rest of his society, where being different and defying the brotherhood could lead to death. Anthem by Ayn Rand is about Equality 7-2521 discovering himself as an individual, and rebelling against the conformist strategies of the Council. Dictatorial leaders of the Council enforce the rule of children growing up away from their families to impact their lives at an impressionable age by not allowing them to make their own decisions, controlling their minds with the ‘correct’ rules and beliefs, and inducing fear of going against the rules of the Council. Society is unable to make their own decisions, allowing the Council to easily control them.
Knowledge is a strong aspect of a dystopian society because people will go out of their way to use their abilities to control the lives of others. In Fahrenheit 451, the government controls civilians’ ability to think by banning books. While in Oryx and Crake, one of the main characters uses his knowledge to fix the overcrowded world, but in the end he destroys humanity. While both novels focus on wisdom and characters fight for knowledge, the truth of knowledge is shown to be dangerous since in both novels knowledge leads to the destruction of society. In Fahrenheit 451, the theme of wisdom is gained through experience and knowledge.