The first point is doublethink, in 1984 the party uses the idea of continuous war as an act of doublethink. It focuses the hatred and rage of the people away from Big Brother and towards the “enemy” as well as providing excuses for the second rate life of the citizens. Oceania is and has always been at war with Eurasia, but during Hate Week, the enemy changes to Eastasia. The party immediately disregards all of the evidence showing that Oceania has been at war with Eurasia. Doublethink causes the people to hold and then accept the false idea that they had always been at war with Eastasia, even though material
The Party brainwashes the citizens of this society by completely changing the history of the world to show themselves as the greatest thing in the world. The Party even goes as far as creating its own language, Newspeak, which is just a simpler version of the English language. The monitoring of citizens is nonstop through the use of the telescreens, television-like devices that watch your every move, and the Thought Police. The citizens must also be extremely cautious of what they say and even think because any negative statement, action, or thought concerning the Party or Big Brother will result in vaporization by the Thought Police if caught. The public is under constant reminder to “stay in line” due to the posters all over town reading “Big Brother is Watching You.” The destruction of language and the past are tools to whose use manipulates people into believing anything because it lowers the range of
Winston secretly despised the party because it has created a dreary and dreadful, utopia society. He didn 't find a will to denounce against the party until he finds out evidence that there was people being falsely accused of going against the party. As Winston rethinks he also realizes that Obrien, an inner party member, may have the same idea as him and want to do something about this society. To do more investigating Winston starts spending time among the proletariat called the proles in the novel, they are free too oppression although they are ignorant people but seem free of party observation. To get away from the Omniscient government he rents a room that has no telescreen and spends time there writing against the party to ruminate his thoughts and feelings , Until he realizes a woman by the name of Julia is spying on him.
In the book 1984, the villainous qualities of the Party create the biggest impact on the story by causing hatred, converting minds, and creating a new Winston. The Party’s approach to life has not always been for everyone, including Winston who frequently gets angry at their actions. In the beginning of the book, Winston says he was writing, “as though by automatic action… DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER” (1.1.18). His thoughts and actions toward Big Brother and the Party have become so strong that he is involuntarily writing words against them. Winston also resents the rule that there can be no love in Oceania, and leaps at the chance to break it.
Patriotism is the love that people feel for their country; in the novel 1984, George Orwell consistently utilizes a three sentence slogan to illustrate a world with patriotism taken to the extremes. These sentences are “War is peace” where individuals accept the constant warring, “Freedom is slavery” where the people ignore their own thoughts, “Ignorance is strength” where the individuals blindly follows the Party’s orders. Through this slogan, Orwell describes a future where the ignorant and loyal prevail and support an endless war. The first phrase “War is peace” advocates war because it promotes patriotism and devotion to the country. Most of the characters, aside from the proles, were born in an era where war was present.
Irony is the expression of one 's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite. In 1984, by George Orwell, Winston Smith unknowingly encounters many situations involving irony. He tries his best to make sense of what is happening, and why. The Party uses these examples of irony to help maintain, and control, their own society. In 1984 there were examples of irony shown by; the names of The Ministry of Love, The Ministry of Truth, and the arrest scene for Julia and Winston.
George Orwell’s novel 1984 presents us two characters who are entirely different, but still complement each other entirely, the protagonist Winston and his love-interest Julia. Julia’s optimistic character highlights Winston’s fatalistic one. Winston believes he and Julia are compatible and can relate to each other because they share the same believes. They both detest Big Brother and want to rebel against the Party. While this is true, their similarities seem to end there.
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.
The greater good of the society is not more important than our right to privacy. In George Orwell’s “1984” he discusses a horrible totalitarian government where everyone is being watched at all times and killed for breaking their harsh rules. Sure, our government hasn’t gone to that extent yet, but it has so many similarities to our present day society. In George Orwell 's 1984 he says “any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it;.... He could be seen as well as heard” (orwell, pg 4) .Orwell is talking about a telescreen a camera of some sort that is always watching the people of Oceania .
In life, perception and reality rarely parallel; similarly, this idea is true for Winston in George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984. Winston 's unyielding beliefs that a rebellion - due to Big Brother’s “ all seeing manifestation” (“1984” 15) - is crucial is fostered by two men Winston believed to be trustworthy: O’Brien and Charrington. However, in the end they betray him as they expose Winston as a traitor to the Party and Big Brother. From the beginning of the literary work, Winston opposes Big Brother and is in favor of a rebellion. Winston strongly feels that “if there is any hope, it lies in the proles” (Orwell 69).
Reading this passage, it really made my heart sink knowing that after all of this time and after trying to get away from the society, he admitted and gave into exactly what both O’Brien and the Party wanted. I felt so sorry for Winston in this passage knowing that everything that he wanted would soon be gone once he gave into the Party and sold Julia out to O’Brien. My heart dropped after all of this time throughout the novel all Winston wanted to do was love Julia and be able to be himself and think his own thoughts without being watched. So, seeing him sell Julia out and giving in made me feel like he gave all of that away by giving into what O’Brien was trying to sell him.
In the novels, Brave New World and 1984, the authors take the positive social aspects and values of community, identity, and stability and corrupt them into a dystopian society. While both books may come as a shock to the system, seeing as they both focus on aspects we are to scared to admit could possibly happen and seem wildly different at points, there are a lot of similarities between the two. Aldous Huxley’s novel is set in a world where the society is kept very carefully balanced: “The World State’s motto, COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY.” (Huxley 1). For example, the means of reproduction is just as closely monitored and controlled as production is. The people are created in order to fulfill a particular purpose in life.
The totalitarian government creates a great concern for the freedom of thought and expression where there is assumed all right-wing individuals that will accept ideas without question. In George Orwell’s, 1984, the Party controls everyone to make them live in a dictatorial regime where nothing done is doubted. The Ministry of Truth is responsible for the propaganda and historical revisionism, used to rewrite history and change information to fit into the Party’s system. The leader of the Party, Big Brother, is the God in Oceania and is well admired as the protector of the people, controlling the population. The Party has put into place a set dictionary that continues to be revised of words to limit the thought of the people of Oceania.
Power is defined as the ability to influence the behavior of others or the course of events. Almost everyone tries to sway people into joining their side and of course has the right to do so, but how one perceives such things should tread with caution. 1984 by George Orwell was written as a forewarning to people not to give their government too much power. No Place to Hide by Glenn Greenwald showed a present variation of what happens when a government has too much power. The underlying message of these novel calls for individuals to think for themselves and to attempt to preserve a quality of life worth living.
As the book 1984 describes it, a society based on hate is a society based on power and fear. If one has the power, he or she can institute fear through forced cruelty and suffering. In 1984, the Party was able to use its power to take away happiness, love, and friendship and leave behind, fear, hatred, and cruelty. However, in a realistic world this type of society can never be able to exist for a decent amount of time. The society would either end up destroying itself, or being destroyed by others.