The book “1984” by George Orwell is a fictional work that was penned as a discourse on Orwell’s views of what it would be like to live in a totalitarianism society. It is my belief that his views were based on his personal life experiences as he witnessed first hand many of the violent crimes perpetuated by those in positions of authority. Often, these crimes against one segment of society were carried out by other members of the same society in the name of political advancement or at other times out of fear for one’s life. Due to his experiences, Orwell began to write of his hatred of political power and the concept of a totalitarianism society. “1984” serves as a warning to readers of how a government can become abusive when seeking total control of it’s population. Furthermore, it showcases in great detail how a society can allow itself to be controlled through a series of psychological abuses and manipulation of historical information. The story is written as a narrative being told by the main character, Winston Smith. Winston is struggling with his troublesome thoughts and feelings of rebellion towards his oppressive government that uses devices called telescreens to monitor members of society. These telescreens are placed in central locations in one’s home and are able to transmit and receive both visual and audio data. Winston lives in the country called Oceania and the government is known simply as “The Party.” Winston recognizes the danger of even having his dangerous thoughts and feelings as they are considered to be thoughtcrimes. Indeed, Winston Smith lives in a society that is so controlled by The Party, that even one’s unspoken thoughts and feelings could be punished. Punishment can range from periods of manual... ... middle of paper ... ... for his physical freedom. He is no longer a threat to The Party so he is not executed but is set free. But, he discovers that truly Freedom is Slavery during a chance meeting with Julia in the city. As they talk, they both realize that while they are now free, they are truly slaves because they are unable to love anyone but Big Brother. This book was written in the 1940’s as a warning to society against the danger of allowing a totalitarianism society and even though it is fictional in nature, many of the dangers warned against are still real today. Throughout the world, many live with extreme governmental interference in their daily lives, unable to freely speak their mind without fear of reprisal. Governments use modern technology to invade the privacy of their citizens. There were many aspects to the book that left this reader feeling just a little bit uneasy.
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1984 tells the story of Winston Smith who lives in Oceania, a dystopian nation ruled by a strictly totalitarian government know only as ‘The Party’. The Party controls everything in Oceania, even people's history and language. It uses telescreens which are everywhere-you can’t speak, breathe or sneeze without the government knowing about it. The Party even enforces a new language to prevent political rebellion by eliminating all words related to it. Even thinking rebellious thoughts, known as thoughtcrime, is illegal: "Thoughtcrime does not entail death: thoughtcrime is death."
1984 is a dystopian book by George Orwell that shows the world what it would be like if the central government controlled every aspect of our lives. Many people may believe that the government has to be strong for the nation to succeed. This novel shows us the many reasons as to why it is not such a good thing and the many problems that will come with it. The central leader “Big Brother” doesn’t even allow the citizens to talk against him in any way! He has many different tactics as to how he enforces it. Big Brother uses fear and hysteria against all the citizens to keep them from even thinking of doing against him through The Thought Police, and the way the government makes everyone think “Big Brother is always watching”. The book shows the third person point of view of a man named Winston Smith, who is against the totalitarian government and how he shows his feelings about the entire government. He doesn’t have many people who believe the same way as him about the government, but as the book goes on he finds out about the Brotherhood, a secret underground society that is against Big Brother. This essay will show you how the theme Too much power in the hands of one person will become corrupt and the many ways to show the way that it goes bad.
In the novel 1984, by George Orwell he writes about the dangers and at the possibilities of what a totalitarian government could possibly be like. He confronts us with a dystonic world with no liberty or privacy. Big brother, the all-powerful has total control over everything, including people lives, education and way of living. In the novel everyone is always in constant fear, paranoia, nervousness of been exposed, arrested and vaporized. Vaporization is a form of torture used by Big Brother to reeducate a person they deemed as the guilty on how to be a proper and loyal citizen. Which is later used on Winston Smith for deifying Big Brother?
Imagine a society controlled by the government, where one is constantly monitored and no one has any individual rights. Dystopian novels such as Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and 1984 by George Orwell depict these potential totalitarian ruled societies and attempt to act as cautionary tales for future generations. Through their novels, both authors have shown how government control and new technology could limit the freedoms of the individual people. In the dystopian societies that are seen through both novels, the totalitarian government creates a world where the idea of individuality vanishes and human’s thirst for knowledge ceases to exist. The concept of an oppressive government is seen throughout 1984 with how the government controls
In George Orwell’s novel 1984, readers find themselves within the country of Oceania’s totalitarian society. There the government, which is also known as the Party, monitors all single features of the citizens’ lives. The novel reveals what George Orwell thought society would become if totalitarianism continue. In this dystopia, the Party wields complete control over the people and strips away the citizens’ freedom by the use of methods of psychological manipulation.
The awareness of a dictatorial style of government is emphasized in the book 1984, in which Orwell warns the human race about the potentially devastating impact a sole authority can have on a population. The ruler will not only take control over all individuals who are inferior, but will also change the past history of society and force the individuals to accept the alterations. This idea of having one power reigning supreme, also known as totalitarianism, is presented through the depiction of characters within the text, as well as through the distinct conflict and setting. The use of these literary elements alongside the diction Orwell implements helps to warn the audience of the dystopian society that will be created if a single power has
When oppressing any act of individuality and endorsing conformity, any choices available to those individuals are methodically stripped away, ensuring everyone acts in a way which is compatible to that of the state. Orwell presents a dystopic vision of the future which systematically strips away any freedoms of the people of Oceania, and their humanity. Surveillance and propaganda are complementary tools instigated by Big Brother and the Party of Oceania to gain total social control, directed not just at behaviour, but also thought. Surveillance is pervasive in the novel, with both panoptical and surreptitious surveillance being utilised in conjunction to create a sense that one is being watched majority of the time, with small instances of privacy. This false sense of security removes the action of self-censoring, and allows those conducting surveillance to pry into the secret recesses of the human heart. Propaganda of fact is also prevalent in 1984, under the Ministry of Truth where Winston Smith works. By destroying records of the past and substituting falsified records in their place, lies are fabricated to the
In addition, the government uses speech codes to limit people’s range of thought and to kill the human’s individuality and personality. Winston, the main character who hopelessly tries to rebel against the party, says that the party spreads propaganda about war and claims to be watching every person “just to keep people frightened” (Orwell, 152). Not only that, but the party heads, who are in charge of leadership spread their spies almost everywhere to know how each citizen thinks and to analyze people’s actions. For example, Mr. Charrington, the old man who owns the bookshop, persuades Winston and Julia that he will protect them and be on their side, but in reality, he turns out to be a member of the party. In fact, he is the one who tells the police and other party members, like O’Brien, to imprison the two lovers. Despite the rebellious, inner part of Winston that seems to be knowing how the party deals with people, he fails to find out why. Even when O’Brien was questioning him, O’Brien told him that he is “a difficult case” because Winston is not the type of man who just follows the powerful ones without any comprehensive guidance (Orwell, 248). As a whole, the party’s goal was to control people and their freedoms, but informs people that they are being
In George Orwell’s 1984, the author blends in his political warnings with thought provoking imagery and symbolism to create both an enjoyable and educational experience. The story follows Winston Smith, a member of the Outer Party, which is the totalitarian government that rules their inhabited nation, Oceania. While many citizens have accepted the Party’s wishes, Winston still retains some amount of hatred for the party that seems to grow with every passing day. Throughout Winston's course of action taken to rebel from the party, such as writing in a diary or having sex, Orwell shows the reader the dangers of totalitarianism in a modern society.
Sam Johnson Mrs. Franz English 10 P.6 7 March 2016 Sophomore Research Paper (Rough Draft) In the novel 1984 by George Orwell, a character known as Winston lives in a complete Totalitarianism community in London. A Totalitarianism community is one that a ruler, or group of rulers, controls all aspects of people 's personal and public lives. In 1984, Winston struggles to follow and obey the government’s orders and is constantly afraid that the ministry of truth (like a police department) will come and bust down his door in the middle of the night. Until one day they do.
Totalitarian governments such as that in the Soviet Union claimed to seek total equality, yet was that the true purpose? Ultimately it is clear that those intentions were really total manipulation of society while simultaneously creating an illusion of perfection. Eventually, the great extents they traveled are what eradicated them. Could a kismet of totalitarianism so farsighted be closer than we realize? Today, one lives in a so-called “civilized society,” yet it is far fetched from its claims. If one is meticulous enough, it is clear that the world is inundated with poverty, suffering, oppression, indoctrination, and immense avarice. Day by day, all this progresses and one does not realize it. The fact that our only progression has been
George Orwell’s 1984 depicts life the way that George Orwell predicted it would be, based on his personal experiences, if the world continued to have war and corrupt governments. Orwell was a strong believer in socialism as an idea yet he knew that it would struggle to work as an actual form of government. In 1984 he shows both the pros and cons to socialism and how it can turn into totalitarianism. One of the main concepts that Orwell expresses in 1984 is that total power in the hands of any corrupt government will deprive the people of every social class of all basic freedoms.
Being trapped without the ability of free words of speech, sex and the expression of individuality kills him. This leads Winston to buy a diary to bury all of his illegal thoughts down on paper. A man from the inner party, O’Brien unites with Winston to abolish the Party and its leader Big Brother. Winston meets a dark-haired girl from work who at first thought was going to report Winston for his thought-crime but instead ends up having an illegal affair with Winston and falls deep in love.
The novel 1984 by Georges Orwell was focused on the overall look at the world on how totalitarian government gained powering control over every aspect in life. The world was subsequently divided into three major parts; Eurasia, Anastasia and Oceania. All have been controlled by totalitarian Government which was known as the party and was represented by a dominance figure called “BIG BROTHER”, an existing symbol of the totalitarian party. It portrays a call for change and hope, a hope for individuality and social perfection. People are not consciously aware of what’s going on around and the author wanted to inform and educate people to pay more attention about the future of man and how to create a different society.
Fear, worry, and anguish were major themes of World War Two. During those years, 1939 to 1945, Totalitarianism was running amuck and many people wondered when, if not, if these years would ever end. In the book 1984 by George Orwell takes the aftermath of WW2, times in which he lived through, in the year 1949 and essentially gathers those feelings and aspects of society, for example nationalism, and puts them in a novel form . The book takes place in a future dystopia located around England, called Oceania. In this novel, the author writes about a character named Winston Smith who is a middle class citizen whose actions, like all others, are monitored by the government. Winston, society, the government, and many other parts of life written