Examples Of Reintegration In 1984

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In the novel 1984, George Orwell applies the three steps of reintegration to the readers understanding, while comparing his philosophical worldview to Winston and Julia’s. Orwells ultimate message to the readers is to understand the dangers of totalitarianism, and how the government has complete control over its citizens. Totalitarianism is a political concept where the state recognizes no limits to its authority and strives to regulate every aspect of public and private life wherever feasible. This concept is shown throughout 1984, when the inner party is constantly controlling and watching over its citizens as well as limiting them from things such as privacy, sexual activity, and family interaction. The citizens receive lack of privacy …show more content…

The three stages are learning, understanding, and acceptance. The first stage used mental and physical torture to confuse Winston, and make him believe that everything the inner party says is correct. Orwell writes, War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.” (16). These slogans are first introduced in the beginning of the novel and give the reader’s an idea of what “doublethink” is. The inner party forces the citizens to live in a constant state of fear and force them to do anything that they say. The second stage of reintegration is understanding. In this stage O'brien explains to Winston the purpose of the party. O’brien states, “The party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power,” (263). In this stage the reader understands that the party’s sole intention is to have complete control over its citizens. The last step of reintegration is accepting. In this stage, Winston accept O’briens teachings, even though in his mind he still disagrees. During this stage, O’brien recognizes that there is one last strength, which is Winston has not betrayed Julia. O’brien tortures Winston with rats, which then forces him to betray Julia by saving himself instead of her. Winston says, “Do it to Julia! Do it to Julia! Not me! Julia! I don’t care what you do to her! Tear her face off, strip her to the bones!” (286). In this stage, the reader accepts that the party has complete control, and the citizens should not betray a totalitarian government because of the

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