1984 Becomes Reality George Orwell writes about many important issues in his book, 1984. He writes about a future government where many different problems are portrayed dramatically and obviously. The book is about a totalitarian government that has complete control over its citizens, and intrudes on people’s privacy, to the point where even thoughts aren’t safe. Not only do they invade their thoughts, but they also control them. The government brainwashes their citizens to get them to be unquestioningly loyal to the party.
In George Orwell’s novel 1984 it portrays the dangers of a totalitarian government which causes some of the citizens the want to rebel. Most people learn how to live with the rules and regulations the party bestows upon them and are happy with there day to day lives and others begin to crave for a sense to express their own individuality and freedom. Throughout the book both Winston and Julia are noncompliance to the party in different ways compiling that if there is any hope in overthrowing the party it lies within the proles. Winston is a man coming to consciousness and attempting the overthrow or reformation of the closed, totalitarian, futuristic world he valued at the start (Huntington). He keeps a journal containing what they refer to as “thoughtcrime” which is unorthodox and a controversial way of thinking in his society.
Aldous Huxley once said, “One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them.”(Brave) The protagonist of the novel, Winston sees conditioned belief happen in front of his eyes and even ends up becoming a victim of it throughout the story. In 1984, big brother keeps their population oppressed, brainwashed, and ignorant in many ways (Orwell 34). Newspeak is one of the main ways that big brother subjugates the citizens of Oceania. Most people fail to realize that newspeak is still in our society even in the 21st century. This modernized form of newspeak is what we call political correctness today.
People might ask as to why would we listen to everything the government says? How could they control us like they control the people in 1984? But with all of the news we hear today, it’s quite obvious that there are many similarities between our society now and the one in 1984. There is definitely a dangerous chance of us becoming like 1984 due to the government's powers. All in all there’s a huge chance of the society becoming like the one in 1984.
Once upon a time in a society where government controlled citizens, one man wanted change, but instead he himself changed. Being part of a dictatorship, the government has the power to make changes and spread lies throughout the country. In fact, in the past, the government wants to be viewed as higher-up, so they change parts of history to view them as successful. In 1984 by George Orwell, “Actions speak louder than words” supports the novel because one’s action can affect either the future or past; moreover, we can influence others positively or negatively. By emanating falsifying records, Big Brother is looked upon by many people.
Although the two deprive the citizens from science and therefore the truth that’s it as far as the similarities go. In 1984, Oceania used fear and intimidation to brainwash the citizens and use constant surveillance as their main tool. Yet, in Brave New World happiness is what the world state tries to achieve because why would anyone want to change anything if their truly happy? They are so conditioned and blinded that they don’t even realize how truly unhappy they are. The use of technology is much more evident in Brave New World than it is in 1984.
Winston standing up against society by any number of his actions makes him a hero. For example; he breaks the law with Julia in multiple ways like by getting high quality foods restricted from the Outer Party, engaging in intercourse for pleasure and not for simply doing their duty to the party, and he even goes as far to reach out to the Brotherhood. In addition to this when Winston writes in his diary he states his feelings towards Big Brother and the party he believes that it should not exist so when the novel states,”DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER...”(18). Winston states his defiance towards the party and their values by blatantly voicing his dislikes towards the party. Winston may not have upheld the expectations his society has on him and much like many other famous heroes of the past that stood up against society he was sent to prison.
The government controls almost every aspect of peoples’ lives and going against the government results in elimination or torture. Surprisingly, 1984 relates significantly to several of today’s societies and governments, including the United States, Russia, Cuba, and North Korea in ways of mass mind control, electronic intrusion, and endless war. The USA PATRIOT Act allows the government to get a hold of an individual’s private records without a warrant. This completely takes away a person’s right to privacy. The government has access search anyone’s internet or library records.
Marcelo Navarro Mr. duryea English 12 March 15, 2018 Inhumane The Book 1984 is a book based on a totalitarian government where the government has complete and total control over every aspect of someone's life. In 1984 you couldn't even have privacy in your own home, you would be under constant supervision and if you were caught doing something illegal the thought police would come and arrest you. In 1984 the government controlled its people through fear, the people of 1984 where always scared of being caught doing anything illegal and where also scared because the government would bomb itself saying that they were in a war. This book shows what could happen if people would let
“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives” (James Madison). This is the situation presented in George Orwell’s 1984, where a totalitarian government, The Party, rules and oppresses the people of the fictional country of Oceania. The Party utilizes many methods of controlling the people including, taking away their privacy via constant monitoring, countless restrictions, and the most crucial device of all, the regulation of knowledge. This regulation is what keeps the people in ignorance and enables the party to easily control them due to their inadequate understanding of the situation. While the implications are so high it could be considered as barbaric, the concepts surrounding the premise are not.