O 'Brien, states in 1984 that ' 'we will squeeze you empty and then we shall fill you with ourselves ' '. This again indicates the elimination of identity and individualism which then allows authoritarian governments to exploit citizens and control them. In order for George Orwell 's totalitarian society to remain perfect, dictators must take control over all aspects of life. The reader is introduced to several ways in1984 leaders’ control citizens such as introducing Thought police, double think and newspeak. The purpose of Newspeak is to control personal beliefs as this gives the government the ability to remove and limit thoughts that are aimed against Big Brother and its parties.
It was always at night—the arrests invariably happened at night. The sudden jerk out of sleep, the rough hand shaking your shoulder,” (Orwell 23,24). Orwell quickly learned the power of fear as he saw it being displayed by Stalin among his public. His own fear increasing along with the common people’s as the dictator continued to rise until his hatred, like Winston’s, was combined with the terror. “Orwell 's fear of the rise of a world totalitarian order... became a worst threat to human well-being and freedom” (Kellner
In the end we shall make thought-crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.” (Orwell 52) Newspeak is the official language of Oceania. The aim of this language is to cut down vocabulary and eliminate many words in the English language. By eliminating certain aspects of the vocabulary of Oceania, the government is also cutting down the intelligence of many individuals. The government is taking away freedom by eliminating words such as “rebellion” or “revolution” that could be used negatively against them. By taking away their vocabulary the government is taking away the opposition and giving more authority to Big Brother and the party.
“Yet even the hardest totalitarianism seeks to control language and truth; for ultimately, it seeks to control all reality, unto the few human souls it does not destroy” (Nelson 25). O’Brien knows that Winston would rather die then believe what the government wants him to believe. The one thing that O'brien tries to get Winston to believe is that two plus two equals five and when he when he holds up four fingers he tells him five. By the government torturing Winston into beleive something that isn’t true and even Winston knows it's false. This is showing the rest of society to just believe what the government tells them because the beating and abuse of the Ministry of Love is very harsh.
Finally, the Thought Police are the secret police who uncover and punish thought crimes, unexpressed opposition or uncertainty in the ruling party. Due to his hatred for his oppressors, Winston commits several acts of rebellion. By the end of the novel, Winston is caught, tortured, and broken man that mindlessly follows Big Brother. In 1984 by George Orwell, the cliche, “What does not kill you makes you stronger,” is not supported through the novel displays through the struggles of Winston in his acts of anarchy against Big Brother and his time of torture in the Ministry of
Would Earth become a more efficient place to live under the authority of someone like Big Brother? In the novel 1984 by George Orwell, the city of London is taken over by Big Brother and renamed to Oceania; citizens living under the authority of Big Brother live in constant fear as they are constantly controlled and ministered while forced to respect the Party. By analyzing the novel using a symbol, a motif, a theme, a conflict and reading the novel through psychoanalytic lens, citizens clearly suffer from the influence of the Party. Winston Smith despises the Party and desires the citizens of Oceania to obtain more privacy and freedom from Big Brother. Winston and Julia are in a light argument about the Party; Julia argues that the Party
Many readers will easily recognize the expression "Big Brother Is Watching You." It is a reference from Orwell 's novel 1984 in which the country of Oceania tries their best to destroy the past and remake the future. Oceania tries many things to keep their people quiet and repressed so they cannot question the government 's authority. One example of how the government represses their people can be explained by the slogan Ignorance is Strength. "Ignorance is Strength" has played a significant role is George Orwell 's 1984.
Its basic principle comes from the idea of warning the population about the consequences of a rebellion, but at the same time, it’s a vehicle for the government to keep the districts from joining forces and once again demonstrate the powers of the totalitarian regime. “…Taking the kids from our districts, forcing them to kill one another while we watch - this is the Capitol’s way of reminding us how totally we are at their mercy…” (Chapter 2.) During these “life or death” scenarios where the games are placed at, only one of the “tributes” can win, and in order for that to happen those teenagers will have to kill other district’s tributes and one tribute from their own district, creating with it resentment not just among the different districts towards each other, but a division inside their own district as well. On the other hand such violence couldn’t just be so widely accepted, and even though the districts were fearful of what could happen, the entrance of Katniss Everdeen to the Hunger Games definitely marks a new era for the country of Pane, an era of rebellion and
The Party and Big Brother are constantly watching their citizens through telescreens, which are large screens that are placed throughout Oceania like modern day surveillance cameras. This gives the illusion of a dystopian society. George Orwell’s novel 1984 conforms to the conventions of dystopia by using propaganda, depicting people who are dehumanized, and the citizens conform to uniform expectations in order to showcase the complete control of the Party. The
This example of false meaning and foreshadowing follows the example set by the ministries and party slogans of deceit. From this room prisoners are moved to room 101, where each person is tortured for days, weeks, or even months. The Party breaks down the beliefs of the prisoner and forces them into following party ideologies. The statement “2 + 2 = 5” (290) is used as a final test to show complete allegiance to The Party. Forcing prisoners into admitting to a statement that they know is false shows willingness to believe anything they are told.