Examples Of Power In 1984 By George Orwell

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Imagine living in a world where freedom is not a natural right of a human, where one can not fall in love, have every day hobbies, and experience any other emotions for anything outside of one's "ruler". The novel 1984 by George Orwell is a book about a man named Winston Smith. Winson Smith lives in Oceania, which is always at war with either Eastasia or Eurasia. He works in the Ministry of Truth, rewriting history for the Party. If something that happened in the past does not match what the Party wants, then they will modify it so that it does. Everyone is constantly under surveillance through what is called a telescreen. Every thought that one makes the party knows, and everywhere the face of the party known as Big Brother is seen. Winston, …show more content…

The party uses multiple tactics and methods to make what is natural to humans not existent. If one experiences these thoughts that do not consist of loving the party, or loving big brother, they are considered a criminal; criminals are then tortured into believing the Party's rules and beliefs. After being tortured, there is no other thought but loving Big Brother. The Party maintains ultimate power throughout the process of language, fear, and manipulation. The party maintains ultimate power through the limitation of words, which is the language that they have established for the people of Oceania. Newspeak, the official language of Oceania, was created to meet the ideological needs of Ingsoc, also known as English socialism. The purpose of Newspeak is to supply a minimum amount of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees of Ingsoc, making all other modes of thought impossible (Orwell 299-300). Winston has a brief conversation with a man named Syme, Syme works in the Research Department and is a specialist in Newspeak. Syme …show more content…

Winston’s job in the Ministry of Plenty is basically to rewrite history. The Party makes up things to put the Party at this high standard that makes people believe that the party is good. The party created 3 slogans that they look up to, which is War is Peace, Slavery is Freedom, and Ignorance is Strength. The Party wants to control the past to gain full power over the citizens of Oceania. Everyone knows that history is extremely important. Physical proof of history is there so we do not repeat ourselves again and we learn from our mistakes. The Party has a slogan dealing with the controlling of the past “Who controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past… We, the Party, control all records, and we control all memories. Then we control the past, do we not?” (Orwell 248). O'Brien, speaking with great sternness like he is 7ft tall with big muscles, explains to Winston that the past only exists in one’s memory. Reality only exists in the human mind, not in the individual mind in which the individual mind makes mistakes. Whatever the Party holds to be truth is truth. The Party maintains control by controlling the past so when people look back and see that it was always the party then they will not question anything and go against it. The party takes away the people's freedom and the people's urgency to go against the Party because there is

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