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 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
The Party and the World State maintained fake façades to appear as though they were all perfect, but in reality they were flawed, dangerous, power hungry oppressors that suppressed individual free will and the fundamental emotion love. Brave New World. Dir. Leslie Libman and Larry Williams. Perf.
Overall, Orwell portrays the perfect totalitarian society, the most extreme realization imaginable of a modern-day government with absolute power. In the dystopian novel 1984, written with the purpose of warning readers about totalitarian government, and how can it affect society. As the reader comes to understand through Winston’s eyes, The Party uses a number of techniques to control its citizens, each of which is an important message of its own in the novel.
Orwell through the symbolic defeat of Smith presents the point that no matter what happens and no matter who it is the possibility of one man or woman fighting an entire system is futile and when the system has reached its peak there is no hope from there. Examples such as the bans... ... middle of paper ... ...illance of the government is shown through the extreme length the government goes to in order to prevent rebellions or even the hint of disagreement. Orwells main attempt is to warn readers of the horror which can come of a dystopia. “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.” Orwell presents a clear point of view where he sees the future with oppressive governments. The novel itself provides a position based around controlled lifestyles, including marriage, war and a lot more.
In 1949, George Orwell wrote one of the most influential and relevant scientific fiction books of modern time. The book critiques the rule of totalitarian governments using subtle and not so subtle satire. The book reveals the dangers of a government gaining too much power over its citizens. The government can abuse its abundance of authority by controlling all of the media available to the citizens. 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.
Additionally, the main characters share deep hatred toward their government, yet Winston and V have different characteristics which affect their influence on society in 1984 and V for Vendetta. In relation, both Orwell and McTeigue presents individuality as a theme, albeit a different messa... ... middle of paper ... ...to V’s aggressive acts against his totalitarian regime which are successful in crippling the government. Winston’s defeat is utter and absolute. From how the government in 1984 is set up, Winston could have never revolted from the beginning. He is not able to make such difference no matter how determined he is.
Through it all, Winston contains perseverance and pushes through severe pain while ignoring the hurt (Rae). Orwell created a horrific scenario where such a citizen as Winston, who rebels is cast away. The narrator resists authoritative forces and takes part in something that is outlawed by the Party: he maintains a personal book (Burt). Winston craves a chance to be unique, to have his own ability to reason, to have intimate space to utilize; these wants are all outlawed by authoritative leaders such the Party and Big Brother. Authorities have placed environmental restrictions, and citizens lack place to be oneself (Glover).
Overall, Hitler’s Third Reich was concerned with preservation of power in order to ... ... middle of paper ... ...ng the Holocaust. Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 warns against a future of “men all over the world [losing] their most human qualities, [becoming] soulless automatons” due to the corruption of modern politics (Fromm 324). The manipulation of truth through propaganda, purging of undesirable elements, and overwhelming desire for power that were expressed as fears in the novel became realities in Hitler’s Third Reich. Both governments imposed oppressive rule in pursuit of a supposed “greater good” but ultimately, the only thing both governments achieved was creating a society of fearful, imprisoned people who lost sight of truth due to the oppressive environments they were living in. Winston, who strongly desires to rebel against the government and despises Big Brother, speaks of the lack of privacy due to the massive amounts of technology monitoring his every move.
Thought crime occurs when someone does not fully agree and follow what the Party has said. People who commit crimes become unpersons; therefore, they stop existing, and any record of their existence is erased or they can be sent to the ministry of truth, where The Party will try to break them, and force them to love Big Brother. This is very relevant because in order to serve justice which according to them is having everyone love the Party and nothing else, everyone else must be eliminated or brainwashed. The use of technology in this novel is very important because it is the main way in which justice is carried out. Telescreens, microphones and cameras cover the whole nation.