Internal And Internal Modes Of Control In 1984 By George Orwell

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In the novel 1984, George Orwell describes an ideal totalitarian state that is able to have ultimate control control over its party members. This state successfully governs the members by means of internal and external control of the people’s daily activities. The state leaves very little room for rebellion because the people of Oceania live in fear of being caught for not following the states ideologies. The following essay will examine both internal and external modes of control and how these relate to each other. Furthermore, the possibility of rebellion and liberation will be discussed. In order for the party to maintain order and compliance with its ideologies it had to constantly monitor its members by means of surveillance. In the beginning of the novel we are told of the posters that are put up on the walls of Winston’s apartment walls with the image of big brother. Even though it’s just a piece of paper, it gives off the sense of being watched and as a result fear is instilled: “It was one of those pictures which are so contrived that the eyes follow you about when you move. BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, the caption beneath it ran. “ (Orwell, G…page 3….) . Other internal tools that were used were the telescreens. Telescreens were used by the party to transmit and receive any sound or imagery. They were placed in public places and in the party members’ place of residence. These screens were put in a place where every inch could be seen by the party. What makes

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