1984 by George Orwell is a dystopian novel depicting a socialist future through the eyes of a government worker named Winston. It tells the story of his attempt at rebellion with the aid of his love interest, a fellow government worker named Julia. Written in 1949, it is a futuristic story with many obvious themes, including the nature of love. 1984 conveys the message that forced love through controlled relationships, strict laws, and torture have the ability to conquer natural love. The Party maintained control over the people by limiting the relationships they could have with others.
In the novel 1984, George Orwell depicts a totalitarian dystopian world in which there is no freedom and the citizens are brainwashed. The Party creates fear through propaganda and strict laws with the goal of controlling every aspect of the citizen’s life to the point where they don’t have a sense of individuality. Winston, the main character, wasn’t as brainwashed as the other citizens. He was aware of all the lies and the way in which the Party controlled the citizens The Party’s main slogan was: “WAR IS PEACE. FREEDOM IS SLAVERY.
Orwell uses Winston Smith to project the utopian society he has made by showing how it affects the people. Both forms of life in the novel are shown progressively throughout the novel. In the novel 1984, George Orwell uses a dystopian society to show the progression of Winston Smith’s character and help create structure for his plot. Winston’s character is affected throughout the creation and expansion of the plot from both the utopian and dystopian society. In 1984, Oceania is supposed to be a perfect utopian in the mindset of the Party.
In the novel, propaganda, especially the government’s access to influence television, is used to spread “Government-approved truth”, this sometimes has nothing to do with, or reflect the actual events. In circumstances where the government feels threatened, they can use their access to propaganda, to influence all the citizen’s actions, minds, and feelings. The individuals in the society of Fahrenheit 451 had essentially been programmed to have a very short attention span. The government leaders were feared that Montag could be viewed as a revolutionary figure; so after he killed Chief Beatty, and escaped the city; the political leaders were able to show, on every television, Montag being killed. Because the government had influence in the television, on every television screen they were able to display Montag being killed, in a fictional, very controlled pursuit.
George Orwell's characterization of Winston's collapse is exemplified further through the dangers of a totalitarian society. This novel acts as a social commentary on this society's mistreatment of others. Winston's failure is the only way that readers could obtain the warning of the perils involved in a totalitarian society, one where heroism is
This novel provides a rather frightening insight into a dystopian socialist environment. Although it is based in 1984, the social commentary it provides is most definitely applicable in this day and age. This novel analysis will touch briefly upon a few different subjects, such as symbolism and style, and the theme of the novel. Orwell has the amazing ability to keep the image of a dull,
The Party, absurdly, had no reason for operating this way, other than doing it for power, ultimate power of the minds of millions. This novel seems very far from our reality in its ideas, but truthfully, similarities which are often overlooked can link our society to that of
Britain wanted to make sure their soldiers believed that they would win the war. In conclusion, there are many different reasons countries used propaganda, but overall it was used to help the country usually during war. Propaganda helped to motivate citizens. Some propaganda was used by a country’s government to help gain support from their people, some tried to get people to look at the enemy differently and some was to justify the bad things they were
“Almost unconsciously he traced with his finger in the dust on the table: 2 + 2 = 5.” (p.290) Of course, such a notion seems absurd. But, this is precisely the extent of the power of Big Brother in George Orwell’s 1984: the power to invoke a loyalty great enough to control one’s perceived reality. Therein lies the main theme of Orwell’s novel, a theme centered on power. This theme is exemplified in 1984 by the control-crazed Party and its totalitarian rule over the people of Oceana, and, in such, brings to light Orwell’s fears towards totalitarianism. Orwell’s bleak attitude towards such a government is excellently displayed in, what could be called, a tour through what life would be like in such a society.
Using psychological manipulation and fear through war, falsehoods, and torture, Big Brother retains absolute control over one’s thoughts and actions, and thus strips the individual of humanity. Although the society illustrated in George Orwell’s novel seems implausible, Orwell aimed to reflect certain aspects of the time period in which he lived and warn readers of the impending future he foresaw. The rise of tyrannical governments during the 1940s, such as Hitler in Germany and Stalin in Russia, fueled Orwell’s