1984 Big Brother Essay

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Nowadays, we live in a democratic state, in which we can express ourselves, to act and to protest if we do not comply with the laws. We can move freely, without being anxious that we will be denounced to the police for breaking the rules. In ‘1984’ by George Orwell the situation is different: Big Brother is watching you, the Thought Police could be ubiquitous, even your children accuse you.
Foremost, there is the presence of Big Brother. It spies you through all the screens. The Outer Party did not have the freedom to close it. The TV was all the time on, even when you slept. He is seen as an omnipotent and omniscient God. ‘Big Brother is infallible and all-powerful.’ (216). Everywhere on the streets there were posters with ‘BIG BROTHER IS
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You had to pay attention to all your gestures and words, as they could furtively watch you and understand your actions to be against the orthodox way of thinking ‘A Party member lives from birth to death under the eye of the Thought Police. Even when he is alone he can never be sure that he is alone.’ (219) A party member is required to have not only the right opinions, but the right instincts. That is why, in ‘The Two Minutes Hate’, everybody was frantic and wanted to expose more hate than the others, however, you could not get contaminated by the other’s exhibition ‘The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but that it was impossible to avoid joining it. Within 30 seconds any pretence was always unnecessary.’ (16). In addition to this, even children were brought up in a manner that they love and respect unconditionally Big Brother. They were thought to denounce even their parents when they broke the rules. Children knew only this life, and were confident in what the Party was selling them, besides they are inducted in an organization called Junior Spies unlike the adults who work to prefabricate the news, the stories and one’s life ‘it is often necessary for a member of the Inner Party to know that this or that item of war is untruthful,…but such knowledge is easily neutralised be the technique of doublethink’. –‘Nearly every aspect of the society presented in 1984 by George Orwell is controlled, including the most natural impulses of sex and love’. People are encouraged to supress their sexual desire, sex was only to reproduce, it was a duty to the Party to make a child, who will end up being a Party
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