This theme of hatred is illustrated in the novel 1984 with the hate rallies. During the Two Minutes Hate not only was one “obliged to act a part, but... it was impossible to avoid joining in”. (Orwell 18/19) This strategy of unified hatred of a crowd creates the optimal environment for group acceptance of a scapegoat. Once a scapegoat is firmly established, propaganda campaigns effectiveness are increased significantly. Just as Nazi Germany blamed the Jews, handicapped, gays, and other minorities for the tragedies that the country were trying so desperately to overcome; the Oceania government used whichever society, Eastasia or Eurasia, they felt like.
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 paranoia and thus resulted in Big Brother, the representation of totalitarian government he predicted could arise. This, along with the seemingly constant warfare and the inherent loss of highly valued democratic ideals provoked Orwell’s allegory as a way to warn the general public. As a result of the communist and fascist dictatorships of Orwell’s time, 1984 sought to reflect the tactics of manipulation, fear, and stripping one’s individuality employed to control the population by illustrating the principal theme of totalitarianism.
Through 1984, George Orwell predicted what a state which has absolute power over its citizens would look like in 1984 through the terrors of a government with total power over its citizens. The novel touched upon the deeper meanings of human corruption and evil, guiding the reader through the pain and suffering, as well as the joy and what little freedom that the main character, Winston Smith has in the hands of Big Brother, the symbol of the “Party. It is obvious, that Orwell’s intent was to warn the future generations of the dangers of authoritarianism, however even in the modern world we can find traces of 1984’s themes. There are many similarities between our modern day society and Orwell’s 1984, the most significant ones surveillance,
Some characters in the film who belong in the dominant group are seen to accept and support the main ideology of authority while publicly seen doing so, opposing strongly the actions of V. In the film, Lewis Prothero, the propagandist for Norsefire and ex-commander of Larkhill concentration camp, lived luxuriously in his home and makes millions from his pharmaceuticals drugs and antidotes. He is publicly seen spreading hate messages and tears down V in his talk show. The same can be said for Anthony James Lilliman, the corrupt bishop at Westminster Abbey who was promoted and gifted young women to do adultery acts with. These people who enjoy their status and position in society are filled with false consciousness and are in no way noticing the problem the government and authority hold. Furthermore, it can be seen clearly that V is well aware of this.
The present has become an updated version of George Orwell’s 1984 novel. In 1984 technology plays an important role in the novel 's plot. They live in a society of totalitarianism ruled by Big Brother who, ironically Is Watching You. The “instrument[s]” used to spy on their residents are “telescreens” which “could be dimmed, but there was no way of shutting it off completely” (Orwell, page 2 ). Big Brother uses technology to spy on them in particular situations throughout the day.
Surveillance is used as the eye over the population. In 1984 it is Big Brother who sees and hears every step you take, while in America it is the National Security Agency (NSA). By governing the people with lies and limitations, a government can do as it pleases. If the people do not know what is right and wrong, they can easily be fooled. The first point is doublethink, in 1984 the party uses the idea of continuous war as an act of doublethink.
Societies and the people that constitute them vary widely across the globe and throughout history. But how do these societies impact the people that are a part of it, and vice versa? Authors George Orwell and William Golding each addressed this question in their respective books, 1984 and Lord of the Flies. In 1984, a man named Winston struggles with an oppressive, totalitarian government called the Party, which represents itself through a symbolic figurehead known as Big Brother. The Party wants complete control over every aspect of their citizens’ lives, and to achieve this, it surveils them constantly.
1984 is author George Orwell’s satirical take on the German Nazi Party, which held control of Germany from 1933 to 1945, according to History’s article “Nazi Party.” The Nazi Party “ruled Germany through totalitarian means” just as the Party ruled Oceania as a totalitarian oligarchy in 1984 (History). Both the Nazis and the Party in Oceania tried to control every aspect of their citizens’ lives. The Nazis promoted German pride and tried to force citizens to conform and relinquish their freedom with the threat of labor or death camps and through constant monitoring (History). In 1984,
In George Orwell’s novel 1984 there is an organization called “The Party” This organization is a political party that has total control over the lives of it’s members and the people it governs through a totalitarian regime. “Big Brother,” a metaphorical political leader that represents the values of The Party in the novel, is always watching these people through surveillance and informants. (Orwell, 1984, 2008) While this political party is fictional, it does bear an eerie resemblance to the dominating party of the Democratic German Republic (DGR), called the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SUPG.) (Britannica Online 2016) The SUPG maintained control convicting or deporting anyone who they considered an enemy of the party. Evidence of any party disloyalty was found through surveillance of individuals.
George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four depicts a dystopian totalitarian society and explores the interlinking concepts of time, memory and history through the examination of the ability to manipulate by censoring information and via propaganda. It also examines the power of memory and history in influencing and controlling people’s lives. This essay will explore these themes through the disillusioned protagonist Winston and his life under dictator rule. In the novel the Party controls every aspect of their citizen’s lives. They tell them what to think, how to behave and who to love all through the help of the Ministries of Truth, Peace and Love.