Analysis Of The Outer Party In George Orwell's 1984

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In the novel 1984 by George Orwell, the Outer Party is silenced in order to evoke a sense of patriotism for Big Brother that is necessary for him to remain in power. This goal is achieved with anti-individualism, architecture, and historical revisionism. Orwell attempts to convey that everything outside of the Inner Party’s control must be stopped by creating an omnipresence of the government described by Orwell as “always the eyes watching you and the voice enveloping you” (Orwell, 26).

The ministries in Oceania are extremely anti-individualist because they believe that if everyone has the same views, people will be easier to control and less likely to revolt. Winston and other members of the Outer Party have virtually no free time and are frequently involved in group activities such as community hikes. At one point, when Katherine and Winston are on a community hike, they stray away from the group for a moment or two which causes Katherine to become “very uneasy. To be away from the noisy mob of hikers even for a moment gave her a feeling of wrongdoing.” (Orwell, 134) Conversely, Winston enjoys the solitude. The stark contrast between Katherine and Winston’s attitudes towards isolation characterises Katherine as someone who is the reflection of the extreme anti-individualism of the Inner Party. Katherine’s characterisation illustrates the typical member of the Outer Party, which shows how the ministries silence people. If people are alone, they have more chance to
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