In George Orwell’s novel 1984 it portrays the dangers of a totalitarian government which causes some of the citizens the want to rebel. Most people learn how to live with the rules and regulations the party bestows upon them and are happy with there day to day lives and others begin to crave for a sense to express their own individuality and freedom. Throughout the book both Winston and Julia are noncompliance to the party in different ways compiling that if there is any hope in overthrowing the party it lies within the proles. Winston is a man coming to consciousness and attempting the overthrow or reformation of the closed, totalitarian, futuristic world he valued at the start (Huntington). He keeps a journal containing what they refer to as “thoughtcrime” which is unorthodox and a controversial way of thinking in his society.
“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives” (James Madison). This is the situation presented in George Orwell’s 1984, where a totalitarian government, The Party, rules and oppresses the people of the fictional country of Oceania. The Party utilizes many methods of controlling the people including, taking away their privacy via constant monitoring, countless restrictions, and the most crucial device of all, the regulation of knowledge. This regulation is what keeps the people in ignorance and enables the party to easily control them due to their inadequate understanding of the situation. While the implications are so high it could be considered as barbaric, the concepts surrounding the premise are not.
Winston standing up against society by any number of his actions makes him a hero. For example; he breaks the law with Julia in multiple ways like by getting high quality foods restricted from the Outer Party, engaging in intercourse for pleasure and not for simply doing their duty to the party, and he even goes as far to reach out to the Brotherhood. In addition to this when Winston writes in his diary he states his feelings towards Big Brother and the party he believes that it should not exist so when the novel states,”DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER...”(18). Winston states his defiance towards the party and their values by blatantly voicing his dislikes towards the party. Winston may not have upheld the expectations his society has on him and much like many other famous heroes of the past that stood up against society he was sent to prison.
Every single person has and will experience hardship; many of it against their own society. John Proctor, however, has a more severe case. He is forced to choose between his own life and his values — his name, his moral code. This is just another example of a hyper-religious society walking on the backs of the ones it is designed to protect. The children corrupt the system; they take over the reigns and twist the perceptions of their people until they became the ones in control.
In the novel 1984, George Orwell depicts a totalitarian dystopian world in which there is no freedom and the citizens are brainwashed. The Party creates fear through propaganda and strict laws with the goal of controlling every aspect of the citizen’s life to the point where they don’t have a sense of individuality. Winston, the main character, wasn’t as brainwashed as the other citizens. He was aware of all the lies and the way in which the Party controlled the citizens The Party’s main slogan was: “WAR IS PEACE. FREEDOM IS SLAVERY.
Throughout the book the slogans of “war is peace, freedom is slavery, [and] ignorance is strength” is a forced acceptance by all citizens (Orwell 16). These particular slogans, that exemplify doublethink, are plastered everywhere. The illogicalness of doublethink completely surrounds the citizens, constantly exposing them to it. The second characteristic of monopoly over mass media is quite evident in Winston 's life. Government employees run the internet, newspapers, and radio/tv announcements.
You can take wisdom as it comes or learn from another being. Montag learns with the guidance of his mentor, Faber, that he has to survive the system. He has to break out of the cave that closed in on him long ago. The society that has caged everyone with concepts that ruin and cause severe damage to the ability of possessing knowledge is a crime to a man with wisdom. Discovering how Faber's role in Fahrenheit 451 was so imperative to Montag reaching some sort of conclusive idea about the society made me think about how much of an effect Haymitch, in The Hunger Games, had on Katniss, the protagonist in the film.
Cormier even dedicated multiple pages to describing the circumstances Mr. Trent created in the interrogation room to make his subjects more inclined to confession. However, his primary weapon was “the deal,” as was it the primary weapon of the author’s other characters. He made Jason believe that no matter what he would be convicted, and that the only way he could make it easier on himself was to take the deal; confession for a chance at a lesser charge. He made Jason the promise that all of the manipulators made their victims in Cormier’s writing: “you will fall, and complying to me is the only way to save yourself.” In this sense, it is evident that in yet another one of his stories, Cormier made use of the manipulator to drive one of his characters toward darkness. In this case the drive took young
The human mind is the greatest and most difficult obstacle to conquer; and perhaps the most deadly weapon one can wield. In the end, it is not the knife that kills, but the brains behind it. In Winston's and Montag’s day and age, ordinary citizens would no longer dare to let a spark of inspiration penetrate their minds. It would take just one person stepping out of line to lead to the downfall of the carefully crafted system of societal control, and the government despots in either novel would never allow such intellectual or ideological