In the novel 1984 by George Orwell, the main theme is of conformity to the wants of society and the government. Themes of dehumanization of our species, as well as the danger of a totalitaristic state are repeatedly expressed. Orwell demonstrates this theme by using setting and characters in the novel. The setting helps to convey the theme because of the world and kind of city that the main character lives in. Winston’s every move is watched and controlled by the governmental figurehead known as “big brother”.
George Orwell 's novel 1984 is a 20th century political novel, that depicts a dystopian society built on a totalitarian ideology. In the novel, the lives of the people of Oceania is controlled and confined to a world based on the rules set out by the totalitarian government under the rule of the Big Brother. The history and the past is changed and altered in such a way that people do not even realize that the history has been changed. "Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."
Has our nation ever thought about how the government could be manipulating people in believing in anything with the power of language? That is exactly what the book, 1984 by George Orwell does. The government in 1984 controls their people with the fear of having no privacy. In a result from not having privacy, the government can tell who is going against the Party and if they talk bad about the Party then they will be taken away and “vaporized”. Also, if the people do not believe in everything the Party says then they also will be taken away.
1984 is author George Orwell’s satirical take on the German Nazi Party, which held control of Germany from 1933 to 1945, according to History’s article “Nazi Party.” The Nazi Party “ruled Germany through totalitarian means” just as the Party ruled Oceania as a totalitarian oligarchy in 1984 (History). Both the Nazis and the Party in Oceania tried to control every aspect of their citizens’ lives. The Nazis promoted German pride and tried to force citizens to conform and relinquish their freedom with the threat of labor or death camps and through constant monitoring (History). In 1984,
Through 1984, George Orwell predicted what a state which has absolute power over its citizens would look like in 1984 through the terrors of a government with total power over its citizens. The novel touched upon the deeper meanings of human corruption and evil, guiding the reader through the pain and suffering, as well as the joy and what little freedom that the main character, Winston Smith has in the hands of Big Brother, the symbol of the “Party. It is obvious, that Orwell’s intent was to warn the future generations of the dangers of authoritarianism, however even in the modern world we can find traces of 1984’s themes. There are many similarities between our modern day society and Orwell’s 1984, the most significant ones surveillance, perpetual war, and censorship. The first similarity between 1984 and our modern society is surveillance along with the advancement of technology.
Art can be used to portray political messages and is considered as a powerful weapon to show the public about political leaders’ .The great example to it is the novel 1984 written by George Orwell. George Orwell uses his novel to portray political evils and political leaders’ totalitarianism. Orwell’s political views or messages were formed by his experiences of Socialism, Totalitarianism and Imperialism. It was the understanding of Orwell 's panics about Stalinist Russia and the growth of Totalitarianism that stimulated him to write his novel 1984 and being an Anti-Utopian novel, 1984 gives a picture of a world where Totalitarianism had full control over society. Art can be used as a medium to remind the society about future calamities if they let something senseless to take place in their society.
In George Orwell’s novel 1984 there is an organization called “The Party” This organization is a political party that has total control over the lives of it’s members and the people it governs through a totalitarian regime. “Big Brother,” a metaphorical political leader that represents the values of The Party in the novel, is always watching these people through surveillance and informants. (Orwell, 1984, 2008) While this political party is fictional, it does bear an eerie resemblance to the dominating party of the Democratic German Republic (DGR), called the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SUPG.) (Britannica Online 2016) The SUPG maintained control convicting or deporting anyone who they considered an enemy of the party. Evidence of any party disloyalty was found through surveillance of individuals.
1984 is the book that brings new meaning to the saying, “You are being watched.” George Orwell writes about a fictional negative utopian government that is all-knowing and all-powerful and takes place in London, England around 1984. The totalitarian government in 1984 reflects the author’s knowledge of the non-fictional government in Nazi Germany under the rule of Adolf Hitler and the Soviet Union under the rule of Joseph Stalin. Totalitarian government is a form of government where political authority possesses complete control of all aspects of life. This government restricts individuals from having any basic human rights, such as the right to freedom of speech, religion, and privacy. It progresses to a point where the government tries to
What if the destruction of language and the past can be used as tools to manipulate the minds of people? In the novel 1984, by George Orwell, this is exactly what is happening. Winston, who works in the ministry of truth in Oceania erases the past by rewriting it. It is a scary world in Oceania when even a movement on your face is enough to be vaporized. Winston must control his thoughts in order to stay alive.
What if the destruction of language and the past can be used as tools to manipulate the minds of people? In the novel 1984, by George Orwell, this is exactly what is happening. Winston, who works in the ministry of truth in Oceania erases the past by rewriting it. It is a vile world in Oceania when even a movement on your face is enough to be vaporized. Winston must control his thoughts in order to stay alive.