In 1984, Orwell paints a nightmarish picture of a totalitarian system gone to the absolute extreme. He believed that totalitarianism and the corruption of language were connected and he integrated it into the novel by using language as the ultimate weapon of destruction. Big Brother uses the power of language to oppress, persuade and control the people of Oceania. The official language of Oceania is Newspeak, which the party use to control its subjects and outlaw subversive thoughts. The party believe that destroying words will inevitably prevent power from slipping through their fingers.
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.
“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.
In the novel 1984, by George Orwell, he uses truth and reality as a theme throughout the novel to demonstrate the acts of betrayal and loyalty through the characters of Winston and Julia. Orwell expresses these themes through the Party, who controls and brainwashes the citizens of Oceania. The party is able to control its citizens through “Big Brother,” a fictional character who is the leader of Oceania. Big Brother is used to brainwash the citizens into whatever he says. Orwell uses truth and reality in this book to reflect on what has happened in the real world such as the Holocaust and slavery.
1984 Becomes Reality George Orwell writes about many important issues in his book, 1984. He writes about a future government where many different problems are portrayed dramatically and obviously. The book is about a totalitarian government that has complete control over its citizens, and intrudes on people’s privacy, to the point where even thoughts aren’t safe. Not only do they invade their thoughts, but they also control them. The government brainwashes their citizens to get them to be unquestioningly loyal to the party.
Newspeak are words and sentenences that are being shortened and some are excluded and thus is a more advanced way of communicating according to the inner party. As Syme states. The purpose of implementing this rule is to narrow the people`s ability of thinking and to only have language legalized by Big Brother by means of making the people to become more like machines with limits to certain things. Another method the party applies to control thoughts of the citizens of Oceania is through Doublethink. Doublethink is an imortant tool used by the party and is one of the basis and impenetrable power the party has over the people.
In the novel 1984 by George Orwell, the author suggests that a totalitarian government requires complete surrender of it's citizens' intellectual and social life. In 1984, the party’s control over thought is essential in maintaining a powerful monarchy and an oppressed society. Winston Smith, the protagonist, has a strong dislike against the party, and demonstrates this by writing in a diary, breaking their rules. “The diary would be reduced to ashes and himself to vapour. Only the Thought Police would read what he had written, before they wiped it out of existence and out of memory.
Thesis: In George Orwell’s 1984, symbolism of Big Brother is used to illustrate the recurring motif of propaganda used to control reality through the rise of surveillance, ultimately instilling a sense of devotion through fear in the citizens of this totalitarian government. Throughout the novel, these effects result in complete government control, thus illustrating how surveillance ultimately leads to tyranny. Body Paragraph 1: Big Brother is the symbolic figurehead of Oceania, a totalitarian state wherein the Party has complete control over all citizens. The citizens are taught that Big Brother is the leader of the Party, and will administer the torture of anyone who rebels. Winston Smith, the main character of the novel, learns that Big Brother is not a real person, but an invention of the Party that functions as a focus for the citizen’s inherent feelings of fear and terror.
No matter how much trust we put into one single person, often times, those are the same people that deceive in 1984, a novel by George Orwell, the idea of betrayal is tested throughout the novel, specifically by the character of Winston. Oceania is a totalitarian society. There are strict rules, heinous punishments, and grotesque living conditions. The reader is introduced to the characters of Winston as the novel begins. The reader can see, however, that Winston, despite his “loyalty” to The Party, is still committing acts of rebellion.
In George Orwell’s 1984, a future totalitarian government is presented to the audience with the heavy use of satire. This government serves two purposes: mocking Communism and demonstrating the effects of government control on its citizens and society. Through his ominous tone, Orwell satirizes the relationship between citizens and members of government authority. He portrays O’Brien as Winston’s friend, rather than his enemy. During Winston’s interrogation and torture, O’Brien often reminds Winston that the power to end the suffering rests in Winston’s hands.