Everyone is always under surveillance. Things like this happen now. We are in danger of becoming 1984 because of the use of surveillance, dangerous technology, and censorship which are all by the government. Privacy is valued to a lot of people, but there are people who don’t really care for other people’s privacy at all. As for privacy in 1984, it doesn’t seem to really exist.
In the country of Oceania, the Party is constantly watching their citizens, mainly through television screens which are in citizens’ homes and public places. For the most part, they are to be kept on at all times so the Thought Police can watch them whenever they need to. On top of this, the Party spies on its citizens by the use of helicopters that look into people’s windows, by forcing their children to relay information about their parents to the Party, by reading through all of their mail, and by close monitoring of citizens emotions and facial expressions. The citizens cannot even think their own thoughts. If America began using government surveillance in its citizens’ homes, America would no longer be a free country.
The privacy violations Americans experience today are similar to the privacy violations in 1984 because of surveillance, tracking, and the technology. Nineteen-eighty four uses surveillance to keep an eye on the people of Oceania at all times. For example, Orwell writes “any sound that Winston made, above the level of a low whisper, could be picked up by the telescreen… he could be seen as well as heard” (Orwell, pg. 3). This shows that the people of Oceania don’t get to have a private life because of telescreens and also other technology that is being used to invade in people’s lives.
The two control methods are related as they contribute to one purpose the totalitarian control over the people of Oceania. The people are physiologically manipulated as discussed by the mental control measures, and physically forced into loving Big Brother. This is one of the methods the government uses to control people’s minds, by placing fear into them. The fear in 1984 limits the people into even thinking of challenging the government. The emotional trauma the people suffer is the fear they have when the government catches them not abiding to the laws.
In the novel 1984, George Orwell shows the reader that the government isn’t always what it sets out to be. In the novel Orwell talks about a totalitarian government that controls the characters were ever they go, such as in their own home. In everyone’s home there are Telescreens, they monitor the characters movements and also record things you say and then they report it back to the Thought Police. Big Brother was also a major part of this novel because his poster was plastered everywhere, and where ever the characters went his eyes where always watching them. Orwell also shows the reader that not only the government, but the people that Winston Smith came in contact with played a major role in his life and the way he lived it.
Thesis: In George Orwell’s 1984, symbolism of Big Brother is used to illustrate the recurring motif of propaganda used to control reality through the rise of surveillance, ultimately instilling a sense of devotion through fear in the citizens of this totalitarian government. Throughout the novel, these effects result in complete government control, thus illustrating how surveillance ultimately leads to tyranny. Body Paragraph 1: Big Brother is the symbolic figurehead of Oceania, a totalitarian state wherein the Party has complete control over all citizens. The citizens are taught that Big Brother is the leader of the Party, and will administer the torture of anyone who rebels. Winston Smith, the main character of the novel, learns that Big Brother is not a real person, but an invention of the Party that functions as a focus for the citizen’s inherent feelings of fear and terror.
The greater good of the society is not more important than our right to privacy. In George Orwell’s “1984” he discusses a horrible totalitarian government where everyone is being watched at all times and killed for breaking their harsh rules. Sure, our government hasn’t gone to that extent yet, but it has so many similarities to our present day society. In George Orwell 's 1984 he says “any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it;.... He could be seen as well as heard” (orwell, pg 4) .Orwell is talking about a telescreen a camera of some sort that is always watching the people of Oceania .
Marcelo Navarro Mr. duryea English 12 March 15, 2018 Inhumane The Book 1984 is a book based on a totalitarian government where the government has complete and total control over every aspect of someone's life. In 1984 you couldn't even have privacy in your own home, you would be under constant supervision and if you were caught doing something illegal the thought police would come and arrest you. In 1984 the government controlled its people through fear, the people of 1984 where always scared of being caught doing anything illegal and where also scared because the government would bomb itself saying that they were in a war. This book shows what could happen if people would let
The book, 1984 by George Orwell is a fictional story that begins by introducing the main character Winston Smith, who is a low-ranking, Outer Party member of the totalitarianism government Party that controls London. Privacy is a privilege that few individuals know. Nearly every home in Oceania has a telescreen which allows the government to have an inside view of the lives of citizens. Not only this, but posters depicting the symbol of the Big Brother Party are pasted throughout the city to remind people that they are constantly being observed. Oceania is completely government controlled.
He needed to stand up and tell the world his thoughts. He needed to tell individuals how corrupt Oceania surely was; however, he could not do it. He could not because of the punishment that would be waiting for him. He knew regardless of what he would say, admit, or do in defense, he would in any case be another political renegade quieted by death. He realized that political rebellion was the most extreme disobedience upon the government.