The book "1984" by George Orwell depicts Great Britain in the year 1984 where Great Britain is now renamed Airstrip One. In Airstrip One a high entity known as Big Brother along with a group called The Party control the citizens of Airstrip one. Big Brother and The Party are the government of Airstrip One and they control the citizens of Airstrip One by controlling two things, the media what gets said written and broadcasted on any source of media and they control the people 's perception of reality. "1984" tells us that Big Brother and The Party are able to control what the people perceive as real by controlling the minds of the people as said by a character in "1984", the character says "we control matter because we control the mind"(O 'brien page 264). An article written in the year 1984 published in the New York Times stated that George Orwell 's "1984" was "A simple warning to mankind".
Totalitarianism in 1984 and the Real World The concept of a totalitarian society is a major theme throughout the novel 1984. This theme of totalitarianism can also be applied to the world today. The definition of totalitarianism, a concept used by some political scientists, is a state which holds total authority over the society and seeks to control all aspects of public and private life wherever possible. Totalitarianism can be related between the novel 1984 and current events in the real world. George Orwell incorporated the theme of totalitarianism into his novel 1984 to display the ever changing world around him during the time it was written.
Infact, the real question should be, are their more correctly established current day themes made in 1984 than incorrect predictions? In North Korea alone, many of the themes of dystopian civilization are represented, and can be connected to the writings of Orwell. One major theme, the ideological or philosophical control of a citizenry through a totalitarian regime, is established in both 1984 and current day North Korea. In North Korea, propaganda plays a large portion towards the support of their totalitarian leader. Their current dictator, Kim Jong Un, has become the 3rd generation leader for his country, and has led the country in a downward spiral of independence and self reliance.
Secret police is shown to us in movie when Evey leaves her apartment after curfew. The secret police patrol the city at night to eliminate the citizens who don’t follow the high chancellors orders. Using fear in a totalitarian state is crucial for it’s society. Secret police spread fear, as people are afraid of doing things they aren’t supposed to do. Violence is shown in the film as people who neutralize the government are tortured by the government and sooner or later killed.
Imagine waking up one day and suddenly forgetting everything about the past and not knowing very many words. What would it be like? In Orwell’s book 1984 this is what he depicts. A government in total control over everything. The destruction of language and the past could be used as a tool to manipulate people through propaganda, making people believe that it’s a crime to think and lowering the range of vocabulary are all ways the government could use to manipulate people.
Destroy every piece of technology you own and stand up against those attempting to dictate our lives! The U.S. government is invading the privacy of its’ citizens through the use of mobile devices such as phones and laptops. This use of privacy invasion is similar to the technology used in George Orwell’s novel 1984. What makes today relate to 1984 is how the government tracks us through location, voice, and messaging. George Orwell’s 1984 has a totalitarian government that can track its’ citizens through location with the use of telescreens.
In some cases, there have been cameras added to telephone poles to keep the streets watched as well. If there are not street cameras it is most likely that the neighborhood has a neighborhood watch program started, which in a way is worse because they essentially have people spying on each other in the name of keeping their city protected. These ploys are implemented by the Party with the telescreen
(TS) The author, Ray Bradbury, conveys a very important message about knowledge and memory and shows the damage that is done when it is controlled. (MIP 1) The government is controlling the knowledge and memory in the society. (SIP A) The society is designed so that the government is believed to be like a hero by the citizens. (STEWE 1) During Montag’s chase, the government has so much control that they are able to have them physically move at their command. The people in the society are all glued to their parlor screens, watching Montag being chased.
In the novel 1984, George Orwell shows the reader that the government isn’t always what it sets out to be. In the novel Orwell talks about a totalitarian government that controls the characters were ever they go, such as in their own home. In everyone’s home there are Telescreens, they monitor the characters movements and also record things you say and then they report it back to the Thought Police. Big Brother was also a major part of this novel because his poster was plastered everywhere, and where ever the characters went his eyes where always watching them. Orwell also shows the reader that not only the government, but the people that Winston Smith came in contact with played a major role in his life and the way he lived it.
In Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, Big Brother is able to utilize technology, primarily the telescreen to reinforce, punish and surveil dissenters. In addition, Big Brother uses the memory hole, speakwrites, and as well as hidden microphones across the city. Wouldn’t you think that’s too much power for one person to have, as well as the ability to have thoughtpolice watch you as well as your facial expressions to secure total control. Well, Big Brother uses all of this to secure control over comrades. By securing total control over citizens using technology Big Brother is keeping crime down and authority over language and mind.