Assess The Role Of The Government In The Book 1984 By George Orwell

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Andrew Jackson, a past president of the United States of America, once said, "It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes." In the novel titled 1984, the government uses their power and inhumane methods to keep people siding with the government. The presentation topic that most closely related to 1984 is the police and government and warnings about the dangers the police and government could bring. In the book, the Party uses surveillance and the collection of data to control the people of Oceania, and intimidation and police brutality are also used to control the people. In 1984, the Party uses surveillance and the collection of data in order to maintain control over …show more content…

Also, the Party collects data, like thoughts and action, and uses that information to control the people. In 1984, Winston and almost all of the characters in the book car fully monitor their actions and filter their thoughts in order to keep out of the Party's deadly gaze. "There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment" (15). When one consciously knows that he or she is being watched at any given moment, one would at least try to do what the watcher wants to see to avoid any consequences that may occur due to their actions. By doing this, the government has total control over the people. Governments can also collect data from its citizens though several methods, like the Internet and security cameras, and they can use that information for practically whatever they please. In 1984, the Party uses that information to maintain order. "Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed …show more content…

The police in the novel, specifically the Thought Police, use violence and psychological warfare to maintain control over the people. Also, intimidation is a key method used to conform people to the government's beliefs and ideas. The Thought Police capture people in the night if they don't comply to the Party. This act scars others into staying on the of the Party, therefore keeping "control" over the people, who live pretty much in constant fear. In a Room 101, intimidation, or more so threatening and torture, is used to force people into conforming to the government. "You were abolished, annihilated: vaporized was the usual word" (37). When people were vaporized, it also acted as a sort of warning to others to comply to the Party, and don't do what the other guy did, because this is what happens. The people see this happening, and their mind subconsciously notes what to do and what not to do. Because of this, the government has total control over you. Intimidation was also used to control the people of Oceania in 1984. "'The thing that is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world,'" (407). Intimidation was used here to scare Winston into complying to the Party. This technique is used on almost anyone who fights against the Party in any way, shape, or form. Practically everyone knows what Room 101 is, and because of that, people were willing to do anything to avoid that room, even

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