Orwell opposed Hitler and Stalin although, ironically, he looked like Hitler. His book 1984 is the story of Winston, a low-ranking Party Member, and his adventures to overthrow the Party. The citizens of Oceania are constantly monitored and must obey the government and Big Brother. It is a totalitarian state that is feared among the readers although, if one would closely examine the story, it is not that different from today 's world in some countries. Like some governments today, the Party restricts the citizens of Oceania by observing their demeanor through telescreens, employing doublethink to control the past, and resorting to the Thought Police to monitor Thought Crime.
The novel 1984 by George Orwell reveals the destruction of all aspects of the universe. Orwell envisioned how he believes life would be like if a country were taken over by a totalitarian figure. Nineteen eighty-four effectively portrays a totalitarian style government, in which elected representatives maintain the integrity of a nation with very little citizen participation in the decision-making process of the legislative body. Although the authors ideas are inherently and completely fictional, several concepts throughout his book have common links to today’s society which is somehow a realist perspective. Orwell integrates devices such as irony, satire, and motifs to illustrate the life unfulfilling life of Winston Smith.
He met a girl named Evey Hammond, who just like Winston Smith in 1984, was stuck in a country ruled by despotism. The two main similarities between the two works of fiction are both tackled the idea of rebellion and the dangers of a totalitarian government. Additionally, the main difference between the two pieces is the conclusion of both stories. 1984 and V for Vendetta both tackled the idea of rebellion. In 1984, Winston rebelled against the standing party of Oceania.
In 1949, a man predicted the domination of citizens by the totalitarian government and their custom of technologies to dictate the society. His name is George Orwell, a well-known British author, who wrote one of the most famous dystopian novels, 1984. The novel 1984 illustrates the totalitarian society and the life of Winston Smith, who works at the Ministry of truth and his humiliation by the party of the country, Oceania. George Orwell’s exaggeration and mockery of the totalitarian governments in the novel 1984 is now turning out to be one of the nightmare come true in our modern society. What is it like to live under the control of totalitarian government?
This is parallel to the novel 1984, which focused on a totalitarian government where people’s privacy was violated. The privacy violations Americans experience today are similar to the privacy violations occurring in 1984, because the government can spy on us through our phones, Wi-Fi tracking and GPS tracking like the telescreens in 1984. The novel 1984 take places in the city of Oceania, where technology was so advanced that the people were continuously watched, leaving them no privacy. In order to accomplish that, the government used a telescreen to watch them. The slogan the Party used was “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU” which reminded them that the government was controlling them.
In George Orwell’s futuristic novel, 1984, he predicts that from 1949 to 1984 a revolution will occur to restore order to Oceania. From this revolution emerged a government that uses mind control and twenty four hour surveillance to control its citizens. Throughout the story readers get to know the thoughts of the main character, Winston Smith. This new government, The Party, is controlled by an elusive man called Big Brother. To keep the citizens of Oceania under command and loyal to The Party, they are only exposed to certain things.
It is very possible propaganda is a fallacy used to manipulate the citizens of Oceania. The bombings in Oceania are in fact true, but are the bombs coming from Eurasia or are they another way for Big Brother to have power over the people? It seems as though the bombs are always dropped on the Proles and never on the Party. Logically, readers would expect Eurasia to drop bombs on the Party if they were attempting to confiscate their power. Either Eurasia believes the Proles must be reckoned with or the Party is dropping bombs on the Proles because they are disposable.
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.
by dividing the populace into sections in hopes of ultimately keeping members powerless. The society of Oceania is divided into four sections with Proletarian (at the bottom), Outer Party, Inner Party, and Big Brother (at the top). The Proles and Outer Party reflect the lower classes in the U.S. meanwhile the Inner Party and Big Brother represent the upper classes whom possess the most power in society. “But the proles, if only they could somehow become conscious of their own strength, would have no need to conspire” (2). The Proles are comprised of the majority of the population of Oceania and if they wanted to have the potential of causing a change in their government.
The Eurocentric views of whiteness being directly correlated to superiority and civilization was used a tool to exploit native peoples while legalizing entitlement to lands that have already been discovered (Miller, 2010, p.87). The process of land dispossession had a profound negative impact on Native peoples. Their identity became outlined by colonial institutions rather than from their own definition. The conflicting methods of defining identity is integral to Kauanui’s Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity. In her work, she describes how indigenous Hawaiians themselves have historically determined their identity through genealogy and a system of common descent.