1984 Psychoanalytical Essay

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George Orwell’s novel, 1984 provides an intimate view of how a dystopian society defines humanity and truth. Written after World War II, this novel provides a disturbing image of a society that controls every aspect of one’s life to include their thoughts. The society of 1984, called Oceania, has many unique rules to control its citizens. For example, the government is referred to as “Big Brother” and it spies on its citizens 24/7. The very houses of government reflect the dysfunction of it: the Ministry of Plenty oversees economic shortages, the Ministry of Peace wages war, the Ministry of Truth spreads propaganda, and the Ministry of Love performs torture and punishment on disobedient citizens. When Orwell wrote 1984, he believed that societies had the potential to change drastically based on the negative effects of war (Rossi 209). The psychological impact of war decreased…show more content…
This attraction could be compared to the longing he is experiencing over the loss of his mother that his dreams have awakened. The two begin to meet regularly as a means to defy the society. This will lead to both their doom, the government or “the Party” or “Big Brother” does not allow sex in this society as it produces a powerful emotion in people. The Party wants to Harness that power for its benefit, “the sex impulse was dangerous to the Party, and the Party had turned this impulse to their benefit” (Orwell 133). By forbidding sex, the Party controls any act that was outside their control and they harnessed that desire to support their views (Orwell 132-133). Both Winston and Julie believe that the Party can never control their thoughts. Julie states to Winston, “It’s (our thoughts) the one thing they can’t do. They can make you say anything-anything-but they can’t make you believe it. They can’t get inside you” (Orwell 166). This is how they justify their
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