Long before George Orwell wrote 1984, a man by the name of Lord Acton wrote, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Orwell expresses a similar sentiment regarding the future of political powers, more specially totalitarianism. A totalitarian society is a government that is overruled by one major power, or person. Although the dystopian novel is merely fiction, Orwell created it as a warning and expression of fears about totalitarianism. Big Brother resembled Adolf Hitler in many aspects. When drawing parallels between the novel and an application of its politics in modern society, it is as though Orwell foresaw the development of numerous dictatorships and corrupt governments to come.
Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin are household names, but what about the more obscure individuals Muammar Qaddafi, Xi Jinping, and Kim Jong-un? George Orwell used 1984 as a prediction of what could happen if the fascism in Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia persisted. The dystopian, fascist government that exists in 1984 resembles the governments in the real-life, modern-day countries of Libya, China, and North Korea. The government in Orwell’s Oceania is fascist, causing citizens like Winston and Julia to hate the government. O’Brien explains the future of Oceania’s government to Winston, when he says: “’If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever’” (Orwell 240).
“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy. It’s inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery(Sir Winston Churchill).” During World War I and II, much of Europe was taken over and placed into the slavery of socialism and of Adolf Hitler. While much of Europe was sitting on their hands over the crisis of Hitler, Churchill stood strong and knocked the Nazi general back into his place. Most European governments pre-World War II held total authority over its people and exerted control over aspects of public and private life (Johnson 46, 58, 108-112) (Berdichevsky) (Zegart). Churchill fought against these odds during his career in politics as Prime Minister to England.
(Doc 3).... ... middle of paper ... ...racy from its arsenal. We shall become members of the Reichstag in order that the Weimar ideology should itself help us destroy it.”(Doc 7) This shows another Nazi member talking about conservative ideas and military forces which made this party tough competition for the republic to beat. Even the Communist Party encouraged militarization, and they were on the opposite end of the spectrum. This can be seen in the political cartoon by George Grosz, depicting a large communist military force. (Doc 5) This proves that overall, the conservative values were quite popular and gave the Weimar republic a lot to keep up with.
The brain is capable of many things and as history has shown before with Hitler(a dictator) and so many other leaders, we will stop at nothing to get our hands on the power of full control and dominance whether it’s by destroying evidence and creating our lies to save ourselves from trouble or by making the world believe the lies of the media and concealing the truth. Can 9/11 be an example of this? In the book 1984 there was a slogan that caught my eye, “War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, Ignorance Is Strength.”(1) This slogan was introduced so early in the book that it set the idea of how contradicting and manipulating the party of Big Brother are. It changed the way we look at things because we aren’t used to the type of twisted utopia that Winston lives in. George Orwell did a good job at showing how cruel mankind can be by setting this wonderful example of his version of th... ... middle of paper ... ...the Free Encyclopedia.
When the power is in firm grip of the ruler, the government will be used to control the population and everything in it so the community will be benefited. The two most recognized names that go along with fascism are Italy’s Benito Mussolini and Germany’s Adolf Hitler, which will be e... ... middle of paper ... ...oups main concern on anti-government, some other issues are gun control, taxes, Constitutional liberties, and federal regulations. These militia groups believe that the government is tyrannical, and there is a secret elite conspiracy on controlling government, the economy, the culture, or all three.”(Payne, pg. 156) One idea shared by all fascist movements is the lack of a consistent political standard behind the ideology. Each individual leader who was associated with a fascist movement would handle every situation a little differently with no sense of tradition or law.
In both, the novel and the war, a powerful leader led a group of people to create disorder in the society. In the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding, he showed various examples of the cruelty of the World War II through the boys’ behavior, and Golding exploits symbolism as a social commentary in World War II. Hitler represented the evil side of any human beings in the world, and he had done many brutal actions towards people. Adolf Hitler was a little-known political leader whose early life had been marked by disappointment. He formed the Nazis party, where they shared the belief that Germany are required to overturn the Treaty of Versailles.
Thus making allusions to things that happened within the Cold War. There is many allusions to the Cold War in Nineteen Eighty – Four because it is believed that Orwell wrote Nineteen Eighty – Four as an “anti – socialism and anti – communist propaganda campaigns” (Shaw 2). Just like Hitler the Cold War was caused by the socialism Stalin created in Soviet Union; which helped create the idea of Big Brother. Along with, Nineteen Eighty Four shows three nations who are constantly at war. In the war, the nations create fear in the people of their country, they do this through propaganda and terrorizing the people for fear what the country would be if everything changed.
Constantly, it is made obvious, through his use of racism in both Domestic and foreign policy that Hitler?s ultimate aim, was total power, both for himself and his master race - the Volksgeminschaft. Hitler's use of racism is continually evident from the beginning of his comings to power, through till his attack on the Soviet Union in June of 1941. Racism, was initially used by Hitler to identify his sympathizers, and most predominant to unite the German people again public internal enemy number one - The Jews. Anti-semitism, anti-communism and attacks on several other minority groups ranging from slavs to democrats, provided Hitler with the Stab-in-the -back theory post World War One, and provides and excuse for defeat with the treaty of Versailles. Being that Nazi philosophy is essentially social dawanism targeted again the Jews and Bolsheviks, providing valid excuses and moral reasons for any attack on, or failure of the German race, the fittest of them all, against minority groups was a legitimate claim and justification for exclusion of these peoples.
It is well known that Orwell’s work was heavily influenced by the Nazi Party and their attempt in maintaining definitive control over their population. However, since this book was first published in 1949, “O’Brien” characters continue to emerge and attempt to seize our own personal freedoms; Stalin, McCarthy, Kim Jong Un and now the NSA. What is truly frightening, however, as outlined in the book, is the pure futility of retaliation to these regimes. As put forth in the novel, every society will continue to have their Edward Snowden, their “Winston”, who will be neglected and hidden from society as a means of supressing the individual in favour of social control. Orwell, through these ingenious character representations, presents readers with his warning; that we must be more aware of the level of freedom we are truly given within our own socially restricted society, as opposed to the widespread belief we live in a “free world”, and that to act as the anarchist, against the “O’Brien”, in modern culture is a truly pointless