George Orwell's Influence In Disguise

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Influence in Disguise Have you ever found yourself in a situation wondering how you got there? Did your own values or societal norms dictate your actions? This question of true motivation represents a topic studied, especially in literature, for several generations. For example, both George Orwell in his novel 1984 and Elie Wiesel in his memoir Night study whether personal desire or public influence represents a stronger form of motivation. In 1984, Winston Smith distinguishes himself from the rest of the brainwashed, dystopian society for he can remember the past and therefore recognizes the flaws of the ruling Inner Party. However, he struggles to remain true to his opposition of the Party and finds himself following his fellow citizens. Similarly, in his memoir Night, Elie Wiesel shares his journey through concentration camps where pressure from guards and fellow prisoners impacts his inner compass. These literary works along with modern life experiences lead me to believe that motivation comes more from public influence than one’s own morals. Throughout his novel 1984, Orwell proves that motivation emerges from public influence. In order for the Inner Party to command total control, members must create a system in which the middle class cannot gain enough strength to revolt. They develop a leader named Big Brother who watches over the citizens through telescreens that occupy every area of the city. Telescreens survey the city, but they also relay important

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