Thinking outside Party Ideology and beliefs is labelled as ‘thought –crime’ because the act of free –independent thinking is unorthodox. When Winston began writing in his diary, he expected to be ‘vaporised’ as he had denounced Big Brother. He states, “thought crime does not entail death; thought crime IS death’. Syme describes destroying words to Winston, “In the end, we shall make thought crime literally impossible because there will be now words in which to express it” In other words, eliminating specific words and concepts strip them of their ability to
In George Orwell’s novel 1984 it portrays the dangers of a totalitarian government which causes some of the citizens the want to rebel. Most people learn how to live with the rules and regulations the party bestows upon them and are happy with there day to day lives and others begin to crave for a sense to express their own individuality and freedom. Throughout the book both Winston and Julia are noncompliance to the party in different ways compiling that if there is any hope in overthrowing the party it lies within the proles. Winston is a man coming to consciousness and attempting the overthrow or reformation of the closed, totalitarian, futuristic world he valued at the start (Huntington). He keeps a journal containing what they refer to as “thoughtcrime” which is unorthodox and a controversial way of thinking in his society.
In the novel 1984 by George Orwell, the author suggests that a totalitarian government requires complete surrender of it's citizens' intellectual and social life. In 1984, the party’s control over thought is essential in maintaining a powerful monarchy and an oppressed society. Winston Smith, the protagonist, has a strong dislike against the party, and demonstrates this by writing in a diary, breaking their rules. “The diary would be reduced to ashes and himself to vapour. Only the Thought Police would read what he had written, before they wiped it out of existence and out of memory.
Of course it seems unreal but in the novel, “1984” by George Orwell it is more than real. In 1984 certain technologies and methods are used to invade every aspect of privacy in the everyday lives of the citizens in Oceania. Furthermore, Big Brother is watching the people didn 't have a say so in their privacy. They were being watched 24/7, there was no freedom. ‘’On coins, stamps, on the cigarette packet, everywhere always the eyes are watching you’’ (according to Orwell pg 27).
The government was free to spy to its people, it was its way to keep things under control. The citizens of Orwell’s dystopian world didn’t have any privacy, they were constantly spied on, and if they did or said anything that went against the government, they were punished. In the article written by Maass and Rajagopalan That’s No Phone. That’s My Tracker. It Explains how the new advances in technology, mainly in our smartphones, can be used to track us.
Winston expresses his frustration towards oppression and the Party by writing thoughtcrimes in an illegally purchased journal. Winston is employed by the Ministry of Truth (Miniture), where he alters historical documents to fulfill the needs of Big
In the past tyranny has failed due to the inability to have complete control over its citizens and the governments overall instability. To obtain complete control there had to be a way keep track on each and every individual and make sure they weren’t straying away from the power’s grasp. In the dystopian novels 1984 by George Orwell and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley the two societies use technology and science to control and surveillance their citizens. 1984 centers on the life of a man named Winston Smith living in the country of Oceania. The country’s overall reason of using the technology and science is to create fear and intimidation among the people.
Aldous Huxley once said, “One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them.”(Brave) The protagonist of the novel, Winston sees conditioned belief happen in front of his eyes and even ends up becoming a victim of it throughout the story. In 1984, big brother keeps their population oppressed, brainwashed, and ignorant in many ways (Orwell 34). Newspeak is one of the main ways that big brother subjugates the citizens of Oceania. Most people fail to realize that newspeak is still in our society even in the 21st century. This modernized form of newspeak is what we call political correctness today.
“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives” (James Madison). This is the situation presented in George Orwell’s 1984, where a totalitarian government, The Party, rules and oppresses the people of the fictional country of Oceania. The Party utilizes many methods of controlling the people including, taking away their privacy via constant monitoring, countless restrictions, and the most crucial device of all, the regulation of knowledge. This regulation is what keeps the people in ignorance and enables the party to easily control them due to their inadequate understanding of the situation. While the implications are so high it could be considered as barbaric, the concepts surrounding the premise are not.