Although the lack of a strong government may cause havoc within the country, an overwhelming abundance of governmental power will lead to the oppression of citizens, whether it be by law or from society. 1984 starts off with an explanation as to how the government attempts to take control of the minds and bodies of its citizens, through a wide variety of methods. One prominent example of the government attempting to regulate the mental state of people is the Thought Police, who uses technology, such as the telescreen, to invade the privacy of the country 's residents. To the government of Oceania, the only way to entirely eradicate physical opposition is to first extinguish any mental resistance, and more often than not, the Thought Police vaporizes any threats that arise before it threatens the authority of the government.
The theme of power is shown by trujillos controlling ways,how He kills all the people who oppose him, and how he spies on people's every move. Trujillo's controlling ways show the theme of power in many ways. One way would be the fact that he has the ability tell people what they are to do and what they are not to do. "Trujillo is the law," Papá whispered, as we all did nowadays when we pronounced the dreaded name. (2.6.54-55) in this quote we take a look to when minerva was invited to a party by trujillo.
Once people accept doublethink, they accept two contradictory beliefs simultaneously. As an example at the Hate Week rally, the Party speaker shifts its diplomatic allegiance, which Eastasia becomes the enemy, and the crowd accepts his words immediately. At lighting speed, all of the political literature would be rectified (Orwell 182). Additionally, the Party’s official slogans support the idea of doublethink. Although Oceania is in a constant state of war, citizens are acting like they live in peace.
Kevin Chen March 1st, 2018 Book Review: 1984 by George Orwell I. Summarize The political critical novel 1984 written by George Orwell portrays a hypothetical totalitarian society dominated by the Party (symbolized as Big Brother) after World War II where humanity (including both physical and psychological freedom) has been eliminated due to strict hierarchy levels in the nation of Oceania. Inhabitants throughout Oceania showed no existence of humanity, as their government took away their fundamental rights such as freedom and sex. Additionally, the Party took control of everyone’s mindset by replacing ‘what’s true’ into ‘what’s absurd’ as well as ‘Modern English’ into ‘newspeak’. Slogans such as “War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance
The word humanity refers to the human race as a whole and the qualities that make us human, such as the ability to love and have compassion. In our modern world, we take human nature for granted, but in George Orwell’s 1984, he shows us a society in which there is no humanity, and those that fight for it die trying. The totalitarian government, known as the Party, uses isolation, fear, and lies to destroy the humanity in their citizens and maintain absolute power over Oceania. The novel describes the journey of Winston Smith as he rebels against the Party and tries to maintain his human qualities. By creating a totalitarian government in the novel 1984, George Orwell is able to express how important humanity is to not only Winston but also
A utopian world is only a dream. All government, laws, and people would be equal in such a place. When a utopian world is trying to be achieved, it is often turned into a dystopian one. The ultimate push for perfection, with the help of science, is doomed to failure for the exactly the same reason. You cannot possibly have everyone and everything equal without any shortcomings and suffering of the people, using propaganda used to control the citizens of society, and citizens who live in a dehumanized state.
In ‘1984’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, the destruction of the individual is due to a combination of the destruction of independence, language and totalitarian monopolistic control. Complete collectivism, despite separate political beliefs, is presented throughout dictatorial societal jurisdiction as being the predominant way to maintain eternal power. The regimes seek to control individuals and therefore engage in continuing reconnaissance or surveillance of the populace. The mind is the most individual source of power to any person and totalitarianism aims to create complete orthodoxy by controlling and manipulating the mind. Both Orwell in ‘Nineteen Eighty Four’ and Atwood in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ are examples of how dystopian literature presents
The warnings totalitarian gov’t in the novels, the Handmaids tale, and 1984, both authors introduce the audience with the total speculation of the citizens. In which they are forced to live in a dystopian society with a totalitarian based government. To preserve a totalitarian society such as a lead, and Oceania the higher authorities must enforce secret police’s, regulate, harsh punishment, and limit language, thought and sexuality. The society of Oceania in 1984 is ruled by the omnipresent authority figure Big Brother who can be characterized as a totalitarian dictator. His main focus is to keep his citizens in check by making sure they abide and consent to his rulings
George Orwell’s famous novel, 1984, shows the consequences of totalitarian governments, and explores the ideas of a nation driven by propaganda. This novel takes place in Air Strip One, (also known as Great Britain). The Airstrip’s name is Oceania, which is a large country under constant government survelliance, never-ending war, and public manipulation. The characters in the novel display the spark of not only love, but partnership, in rebellion to their society. This novel presents a proposal of how totalitarian governments fail their people by brainwashing them with propaganda and public manipulation to gain control of their support.
Orwell presents Big Brother as a man who is always present in the lives of citizens in Oceania. Big Brother is presented as the dictator of this society. In the first part of the novel Orwell writes, “The black-mustachio’d face gazed down from every commanding corner…BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, the caption said, while the dark eyes looked deep into Winston’s own” (Orwell 2). This device is used to illustrate the level of power that Big Brother has. Every member of society feels as though this man is constantly watching him or her and that nothing in his or her life is private.