A Dystopian Society In George Orwell's 1984

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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…show more content…
They make the final mistake to tell their boss about their actions and that they want to be part of the resistance. The Psychoanalytic view would argue that this also fits into the Oedipus complex portion of this theory. “Freud believed that as children mature and became more aware of their sexuality, they became determined to possess 100% of the attention of their parents” (Richter1016) Children would fight other siblings or sabotage mother and father relationships in order to gain attention. Winston and Julie’s relationship can be described as a son pleasing his mother with Julie serving as Winston’s mother figure. It could be argued that Winston takes this sexual step late in life because of his repressed dreams, or it could be argued that both Winston and Julie share a basic assumption that they are justified in their actions (Carter). “The common phenomenon of any basic assumption…is that it is emotional and irrational, requiring neither training, experience nor mental development”
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