When Winston states, “The proles are human beings. We are not human,” he means that while the proles experience the human condition on a genuine level, members of the Party reside on mechanical action and reactions, for the Party conditions its own into becoming hollowed-out, babbling puppets with a stark lacking of profound sensibilities and loyalties. To be fully human, I believe a person must relinquish the state of being all for himself and allow himself to integrate his emotions and perception with that of other people and the natural world, as well as his own spirituality. The ability to value sentiment and emphasize with the plights of others, alongside the ability to derive humor, beauty, and his own conclusions from all of life’s moment
1984 is a novel in which its government has total control over what you do, how you think, and how you behave, George Orwell’s renowned novel prophesized his view of a 1984 dystopia. An ordinary, middle aged man named Winston Smith has gone about his life living the way everyone in Oceania did, doing what they were told without questioning anything, all while under the complete and utter control of their totalitarian government. He soon discovers the truth, and struggling to keep his secret, Winston goes on to find a group that fights the dictatorship. Despite how perfect the people in oceania may think their lives are, they are unaware of how the government portrays misleading information to them that they accept as facts, slowly shaping them
Demonstrating how the party’s ideals have caused Winston to automatically make the assumption that all proles are subhuman. In the text, Winston never actively challenges this presumption; consequently, displaying his unconscious superiority complex caused by the government's orthodoxical ideals. Correspondingly, the use of the third-person in the second quotation serves to distance Winston from the proles; further empathizing the class division between Winston and the proles, which distinguishes the likelihood of insurgency to
Furthermore, Orwell’s hope for humanity lies in the actions of the proles, which is the lowest class of Oceania and is not the principal responsibility of party officials. Throughout 1984, Winston meets up with a woman named Julia in an apartment located where the proles settle. During one of Winston’s and Julia’s hidden meet ups in the apartment,
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.
In the novel 1984 by George Orwell, the main theme is of conformity to the wants of society and the government. Themes of dehumanization of our species, as well as the danger of a totalitaristic state are repeatedly expressed. Orwell demonstrates this theme by using setting and characters in the novel. The setting helps to convey the theme because of the world and kind of city that the main character lives in. Winston’s every move is watched and controlled by the governmental figurehead known as “big brother”. The characters in the story are used to show the theme in the sense that most are essentially brainwashed by, and therefore loyal to and under control of, the overbearing government. The main conflict of the story is between the main
One of the most notable themes in 1984 is George Orwell’s depiction of conformity. Conformity means to behave in accordance with socially acceptable conventions. In 1984, the party sets laws and brings in technology that forces the population into conforming. This is done so that they can control the population easier, and manipulate them into believing the party’s ideals. To do this, they firstly make everyone wear the same clothes, eat the same food, and live in the same conditions. This creates a situation where it is impossible for anyone to be unique. The party then controls any possible rebellions against their reign, by hiding microphones and telescreens almost everywhere, and initiating the thought police. By doing this, they create a population that are either too scared to rebel, or are incapable because of the restrictions. This forces everyone into doing the same thing, thinking the same thing, and practically being the exactly same person.
The theme of conforming to others while questioning inwardly is very popular in most dystopian societies. In George Orwell’s novel, 1984, he uses this theme with the two main characters: Winston and Julia and by them joining the Brotherhood together. The idea of conformity and inward questioning is a big threat to the Party’s power and their control over the people, because they seek power over the proles. In 1984, the main character, Winston, conforms with the populace, but inside feels deep hatred towards the Party.
Government Manipulation in 1984 People generally rely on the government as a source of protection and stability. However, the government does not always have the citizens’ best interests in mind, as shown in 1984. The government has the power to distort realities and the ability to detect the truth. They can manipulate, or influence people’s minds without them even knowing. George Orwell’s 1984 uses a futuristic dystopia to show how the government is able to manipulate human values through the use of fear.
“If there is hope, it lies in the proles” (Orwell 69) Considering that the proles have the most freedom out of everyone in 1984, it could be implied that the proles have the opportunity to revolt and break free of the societal controls the Party has developed. However, it is due to their incognizance that they remain where they are. “Until they become conscious they will never rebel…” (Orwell 70) As a result, George Orwell conveys that the lack of consciousness the proles embody, plus the content they have with their impoverishment, is not enough to overthrow the Party.
Imagine being followed everywhere by a government agent. They’re watching your every move, and they’ll report you if you even make a wrong facial movement. This is essentially the case in George Orwell’s novel, 1984. Run by an English socialist government called the Party, the people’s every move is watched through telescreens. Citizens are not individual, but rather an extension of the Party. When they aren’t living up to Party standards, like the main character Winston, they are arrested and tortured in order to be controlled. People’s lives are controlled in as many ways as possible. The Party controls its people mainly through direct government interference, propaganda, and thought control.
Sex creates an extremely exclusive bond between two individuals; it’s an unspoken contract of trust and love. Not only are sexual experiences private, but they also fulfill humanity’s instinctual desire and promote individuality. However, when this intimacy is either erased or condemned by society, individuals lose touch with that vital part of their humanity and individuality. In 1984 by George Orwell, sexuality plays an important role in both Oceania’s totalitarian government and Winston’s rebellion against his oppressors; as he explores his sexuality, Winston revolts against the Party’s manipulative political control, the destruction of individuality, the absence of human connection, and the practice of sexual puritanism.
Art can be used to portray political messages and is considered as a powerful weapon to show the public about political leaders’ .The great example to it is the novel 1984 written by George Orwell. George Orwell uses his novel to portray political evils and political leaders’ totalitarianism. Orwell’s political views or messages were formed by his experiences of Socialism, Totalitarianism and Imperialism. It was the understanding of Orwell 's panics about Stalinist Russia and the growth of Totalitarianism that stimulated him to write his novel 1984 and being an Anti-Utopian novel, 1984 gives a picture of a world where Totalitarianism had full control over society. Art can be used as a medium to remind the society about future calamities if they let something senseless to take place in their society. Orwell used his novel, 1984, to give a warning for the future that what society will become if they allow totalitarianism to accomplish supremacy. Orwell succeeds in delivering an aesthetic work by using symbols such as glass, as mentioned by Lyons, and also by breaking the elements of satire seen through the language, which includes ‘newspeak’.
Our history or our past is what defines our existence in the present. It decides what measures we should take to safeguard our future. Through history we identify with who we are, where we come from and what defines us as a person. Take our history away from us and we are left alienated and confined to a world that is meaningless. George Orwell 's novel 1984 is a 20th century political novel, that depicts a dystopian society built on a totalitarian ideology. In the novel, the lives of the people of Oceania is controlled and confined to a world based on the rules set out by the totalitarian government under the rule of the Big Brother. The history and the past is changed and altered in such a way that people do not even realize
Fahad Alrebdi Mr. John Smallwood ENG4U September 6, 2014 Julia and Winston In Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell presents the protagonist, Winston Smith and his lover Julia in Oceania, under the rule of Big Brother. Under this totalitarian regime, both characters are Party members. Winston works in the Records department of the Ministry of Truth while Julia works in the Fiction department of the Ministry of Truth.