Cruel punishments were acted out by any government official. Police brutality in America has been an occurance of the misuse of authority. Police officers abuse their power by assaulting and harassing individuals because they can. The novel 1984 relates to this because in the result of convicting crimes the Party would torture a victim in order to get them to confess or commit suicide. The ministry of love was where most of the police brutality occurred along with making arrests.
They had used fear and severe torture to make Winston admit everything and betray even the love for Julia. This was done by bringing him to imprisonment and torturing him to almost death. Secondly, the patrol of the thoughtpolice had always been on watch to catch anyone being against, and even the people were enemies to one another reporting each other. The government watches the people constantly, limits their sources of information, and has even invented a new language Newspeak in order to eliminate any use of words that can give people ideas. If people don’t know a word to express what they feel, like injustice.
Imagine living in a society brainwashed by propaganda, where you only can think what you are told. From 1929-1953, citizens of the Soviet Union had to endure this under the rule of Joseph Stalin. Joseph Stalin ruled the Soviet Union in 1929 right after the death of Vladimir Lenin, the first leader of the Soviet Union. From the moment he came into power, Stalin started instilling fear in the population, and those he viewed as a threat were sent to his gulags or labor camps.
The government in North Korea restricts and censors the media of all types ranging from the internet to newspapers and radios to televisions. Countrystudies.us says that “No external media are allowed free access to North Korea” It shows that the control of the government of North Korea reaches to every little thing that could put a unique political thought in your head. “Government control extends to artistic and academic circles, and visitors report that the primary function of plays, movies, books, and the performing arts is to contribute to the cult of personality surrounding Kim Il Sung.” Just as Hitler and his SS army monitored and restricted the Jew’s every choice, North Korea bans and censors any information against the government and controls everything so that it puts the government in the best possible light. In both North Korea and concentration camps, everyone’s information, media, and even personal choices are closely monitored and
What is it like to live under the control of totalitarian government? The state will control every aspect of the individual’s life, meaning that people will not have any individual freedom and will be controlled by the authority of the government. Totalitarian governments do not accept any self-led activities, either those performed by individual or group of people. Totalitarian regimes often maintain their authorities through secret police, spread of propaganda through medias and prohibits open criticism against the government. Both mental and physical threats are simultaneously performed in order to maintain the control over the society through fear.
The Power of Propaganda in Fahrenheit 451 In the novel Fahrenheit 451, the government uses many strategies to control its civilians. A dystopian world has been created where the government has complete control over civilians. They tell people what to think, rather than letting them think for themselves. They control them through fear and intimidation.
Civil Disobedience Henry David Thoreau was an abolitionist who was a strong believer that the government was unjust. As a result, he did not pay some of his taxes, and was thrown in jail. Upon leaving prison, he wrote “Civil Disobedience,” as a means to educate readers on the corruption of the government. He believed that people should practice their right of refusal by using civil disobedience towards the government. Thoreau’s warrants are based on the fact that Americans have a right to revolt against a government in which they feel is unfit to govern.
Although the lack of a strong government may cause havoc within the country, an overwhelming abundance of governmental power will lead to the oppression of citizens, whether it be by law or from society. 1984 starts off with an explanation as to how the government attempts to take control of the minds and bodies of its citizens, through a wide variety of methods. One prominent example of the government attempting to regulate the mental state of people is the Thought Police, who uses technology, such as the telescreen, to invade the privacy of the country 's residents.
Yet in a world where we live, it has become too often synonymous for activism. Simply put breaking the law, no matter reason spurs increased animosity towards the government, and places the entire social system and society in a state of panic. We have laws to tell us right from wrong. Laws reflect the belief of what population as a whole think, should and should not take place within the confines of our state, and are a direct representation of the people who they subordinate.
In George Orwell’s 1984, the totalitarian government tries to control everything about its people, even their thoughts. In the story the inter group of government, the Party, does everything in their power to make sure that the lower people are fully loyal to them. Winston, the main character, notices many of the things the Party does to control him and the other people of the society. The Party does this in many way such as telescreens, the Thought Police, and microphones to control their people.
During and after the World War II, United States government realized that the influence of communism as a serious problem which was penetrated in the country. The communists were identified as their fellow employees and members in Universities, factories, businesses and also in churches. The government created the Loyalty Review Board to verify the loyalty of all government workers and tried to control the fear of Americans. The fear of the ‘red menace,’ or communism spread among the citizens is known as Red Scare. Based on the threat of communism, the restriction of civil liberties was done by not only federal government but also the state and local governments in the nation.
Some of these include doublethink, thoughtcrime, and thought police, which are used as means of fear to get the people to do what the government wants. These were all used only for the fact that the government wanted to control everything. The Outer Party feared the Inner Party because of all the systems they had up, they used this fear and oppression as
The U.S. formed the House of Un-American Activities, which checked just about every foreign person for them being a spy. This action made every foreigner a suspect. On top of that the HUAC would attack anyone in their way and claim it was justified because they feared the Communists invading their nation. So domestic wise the
The Cold War had disconnected and slandered Soviets in American culture. The political witch-chase which occurred under the lead of Senator McCarthy imprisoned many suspected Communist foes for simply practicing their First Amendment rights to the right to speak freely and opportunity of the press. Americans got to fear doing anything that may make them the objectives of Federal examination by associations like the House of Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). Daily paper editors and book writers became perplexed of distributed articles condemning of the administration in apprehension that they may be blamed for being Communist sympathizers and put in prison. A well known political toon from the 1950s shows Senator McCarthy stifling the Torch of Liberty.
Complete government control and government spying is a fear that has been among people ever since technology has begun to advance. Totalitarian governments started to take shape in the 1930’s when there were obvious parallels between Hitler and Stalin (Gleason 150). In the 1940 's, George Orwell was one of those people in fear of rising totalitarian police states. Orwell wrote 1984 with the purpose of hoping to warn people of the dangers of the totalitarian form of government. Orwell tells the story through the life of Winston Smith and the daily oppression he goes through living in this form of government.