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,
The novel 1984 makes us ruminate our society and the technology given to us today by making us second guess the power that the government can have over us. Who is behind the camera? Winston Smith, the main character in the novel has lost all his freedom to the totalitarian “Big Brother.” Winston Smith lives in a world of duplicity where everyone 's being watched at every waking moment, this terrifies Winston because he is not able to think or speak wrong opinions without having the Thought Police take him away. The horror of 1984, the complexity of the future created by Orwell is a recognizable one, even in the 21st century. It 's easy to see how those in control can, through manipulation and propaganda, make pain simply for the sake of being
Satirical Analysis of 1984 and “A Modest Proposal” Satire is a common form of writing used by authors to highlight issues they see in their societies. George Orwell and Jonathan Swift are two famous satirical authors because of their works 1984 and “A Modest Proposal,” respectively. These authors use the satirical device diminution, as well as some other devices, to highlight the idea that their societies excessively submit to those in authority just for the sake of survival. Written in 1948, 1984 came three years after the end of World War II. 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).
Karl Marx and communism was denounced throughout the entire novel, primarily in Bernard Marx and the wrongdoings of communism and its principals. Marx 's ideals are used throughout the world today as a form of compromise between tyrant governments and their citizens in developing countries. While most countries change their governments to democracy, there are still strong communist states in the world. The most well-known states are North Korea and China that to this day can draw parallels similar to Brave New World under the conditioned aspect that they are the peak of human
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".
Using psychological manipulation and fear through war, falsehoods, and torture, Big Brother retains absolute control over one’s thoughts and actions, and thus strips the individual of humanity. Although the society illustrated in George Orwell’s novel seems implausible, Orwell aimed to reflect certain aspects of the time period in which he lived and warn readers of the impending future he foresaw. The rise of tyrannical governments during the 1940s, such as Hitler in Germany and Stalin in Russia, fueled Orwell’s paranoia and thus resulted in Big Brother, the representation of totalitarian government he predicted could arise. This, along with the seemingly constant warfare and the inherent loss of highly valued democratic ideals provoked Orwell’s allegory as a way to warn the general public. As a result of the communist and fascist dictatorships of Orwell’s time, 1984 sought to reflect the tactics of manipulation, fear, and stripping one’s individuality employed to control the population by illustrating the principal theme of totalitarianism.
In George Orwell’s novel 1984, the party who rules the society uses different methods to control their citizens and strengthen their own power. By comparing with the modern American society, we can see similarities. This essay will contrast the two societies within the subjects of doublethink, surveillance and the governing of the people. Doublethink is a method and an act that is being used by the party and the American government to make the citizens simultaneously accept two contradictory beliefs as correct at the same time. Surveillance is used as the eye over the population.
Ito Hirobumi, Japan’s fourth prime minister, always intended on taking control of Korea to the extent of committing far greater crimes than he had previously committed. He planned ways to destroy Korea’s power in order to enable Japan to take control of the country. To be able to succeed and to take initiative of his schemes, Ito resigned from being a resident general to become part of the Privy Council, which was “the most powerful body of politicians in Japan”. A while later, Ito heard from Katsura Taro, his fellow partner, that the declaration to annex Korea was allowed to be taken into initiative. Consequently, Ito decided to meet up with Vladimir Kokovstov, the Russian Minister of Finance, in Harbin, China, to explain his intentions in Korea and to get Russia’s approval for Japan to annex Korea.
Both Orwell and Huxley use religion as a tool of power, a tool that helps maintain the totalitarian regime at its most powerful state. In 1984 for example, the religion of all the citizens of the society consist of believing in everything that the party and Big Brother says. The government in this novel wants to remove any dependency on personal beliefs and abolish any individual thoughts about an explanation for the way things are that may lead to awareness of the actual truth in the society. Orwell tries to form an image of a society in which the citizens of the society are expected to only answer to one true power, one true god and in this case that is the decision makers of the society. This is completely apparent when O’Brian compares God and in some sense controlling of personal beliefs to power.
What in today's society is parallel to George Orwell's 1984? The book 1984 written by George Orwell in 1948, depicted a dystopian future with the forced removal of individuality and free thinking as an effect of a revolution which put Oceania's residence in a tight grasp in their leader "Big Brother's" hands. It also is a fine representation of a cycle in which the lower classes living in dystopia are fueling the higher classes utopia and luxurious life. 1984 is known as the guide to the 20th century as it is an effective field guide into what is an unmistakable dystopian future. It depicts horrific themes of widespread media control, lack of personal privacy, and parents being scared of their own children.