Joseph Goebbels once said,”Propaganda works best when those who are being manipulated are confident they are acting on their freewill”. This statement is proven to be true in 1984. The author, George Orwell, creates a fictional dystopian society in which the population is manipulated into thinking they live in a great world, whereas the government has full control over them. In 1984, George Orwell’s prime message, supported by the article called Liberty in North Korea by Hae Re, was the lack of individualism gives power to the applicable leader, which is conveyed using the characters speech and symbolism.
Winston and Julia’s actions show that their own individuality leads to rebellion. Winston and Julia’s uniqueness leads them to rebellion in George Orwell’s, 1984. The Party doesn’t allow the citizens of Oceania to think their own thoughts in fear of a rebellion against the government. Because of that The Party created thoughtcrime, which is the act of thinking anything bad about The Party, or their leading political figure Big Brother. Winston’s individuality lead him to commit thoughtcrime, which got both him and Julia into trouble. Winston wanted to rebel against the party so when he saw co-worker, referred to as
After meeting her, Winston realizes that he rebels because it is the only way to gain freedom. “The sexual act, successfully preformed, was rebellion. Desire was a thought crime” (Orwell, 68). In a way, Julia gives him the strength he needs to continue to fight for freedom. “I have not betrayed Julia” (Orwell, 273.) This also shows how willing Winston is to sacrifice himself for love, as it can end in both of them getting caught. In addition to this, one of the first times that Winston talks about Julia, he begins to feel the rebellion. “Thus, at one moment Winston’s hatred was not turned against Goldstein at all, but, on the contrary, against Big Brother, the Party, and the Thought Police” (Orwell, 14). Publicly revolting in Oceania is extremely dangerous since there is too many telescreens watching over him. “All that they did was to keep alive in him the belief, or hope, that others besides himself were enemies of the Party” (Orwell, 17). It is at this moment in the book that Winston becomes known as the heroic
In the novel 1984, outward conformity is crucial to the survival of the citizens of Oceania. One character in particular who practices this extremely well is the main character, Winston Smith. He not only conforms outwardly, but also questions his society inwardly, due to the overhanging fear that Miniluv will find and torture him. Winston constantly questions Big Brother and all of the laws that the citizens of Oceania are required to obey while also inwardly questioning his forbidden romance with Julia. Without this rising tension throughout the novel, 1984 would lose its suspenseful tone and would easily lose the focus of readers.
The novel 1984 by George Orwell and the movie V for Vendetta are both dystopian themed works of fiction. Both depicted the dangers of a totalitarian type of regime and the horrors that come along with it. In 1984, Winston Smith the main character, lived in a poverty-stricken country called Oceania wherein the government controls all aspect of the people 's lives. On the contrary, in the movie V for Vendetta, the main characters named V was a vigilante who sought to overthrow the totalitarian government of London. He met a girl named Evey Hammond, who just like Winston Smith in 1984, was stuck in a country ruled by despotism. The two main similarities between the two works of fiction are both tackled the idea of rebellion and the dangers of a totalitarian government. Additionally, the main difference between the two pieces is the conclusion of both stories.
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.
This quote shows that even in this time where they live in a life where they are being manipulated, Winston is still living in a time where he is experiencing hatred, but still maintains what keeps him normal or humane, which keeps him separated from everyone else. This hate is showing that people still have hate for each other and still want to kill each other but it also shows the true human he is by helping her when she was threatened. (82 words)
George Orwell’s novel, 1984 and The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, both share fear as a common theme. Fear as a tool can control, change, and force people to do things that do not seem acceptable, such as make people turn on others, become violent, and forgo their belief system. Fear can be used in many different ways, such as controlling a population of people to gain power or wealth. In The Time Machine, a group of people called the Eloi, had direct power over another group called the Morlocks. In 1984, one small group of people called the “brother hood” had complete control of society. This dilemma is shown throughout history and has led to severe consequences. Fear is used as a tool in both The Time Machine and 1984 sometimes for different
Winston fails to stay true to his belief of staying loyal to Julia going against how a hero is someone who is idealized for being moral. As part of the Party’s plan to reintegrate those who have rebelled against them, the final step is going to room 101 that holds “the worst thing in the world” (283). Winston and Julia have fail to betray each other throughout their obscure time in the Ministry of Love until one of Winston’s greatest fears, rats are literally brought to the table. Winston fears rats more than anything and he did not want to interact with them in any negative way causing him to yell out “'Do it to Julia! Do it to Julia! Not me! Julia! I don't care what you do to her” (286). A hero faces their fears and when Winston will not come face to face with the rats he is proving to not be a hero. Winston fails to be ethical and right when it comes to facing his own fears, which indicates that he is an anti-hero. Likewise to Winston’s failure to show heroicness once he got wrapped in misfortune, Winston is similarly an anti-hero when he lacks integrity and though Winston has heroic qualities, he fails to stick to his viewpoints towards the Party throughout the entire novel. The Party has a way of putting ideas into the minds of their citizens that are false, but sometimes they are still obey because what the
Fear is something that controls almost everyone. People are always worried about being harmed in some way. Fear guiding our actions is shown in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, 1984 by George Orwell, and Supergirl a TV Show. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is narrated by death as it tells the story of a young girl getting adjusted to life in Germany with her new family. 1984 by George Orwell is the story of Winston, a party member, in the time of Big Brother, the ruler. Winston turns against him, then he is caught and changed to love Big Brother. Supergirl is a TV Show that is the story of Superman’s cousin Supergirl as she goes around her city of New York saving the city. All these sources show one common purpose. Fear guides our actions by
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.
In 1984, a dystopian novel written by George Orwell, proles are represented as being generally incompetent in the ability to think and rebel against their stolen rights. However, as the story progresses, Winston comes to a realization that proles are the only ones with the character of human beings and the strength to gain consciousness to overthrow the party. Through this characterization of the proles, Orwell satirizes the detrimental effects of Stalin’s totalitarian government in employing total control and perpetual surveillance of the people in USSR to maintain an established hierarchy.
Winston’s realization of the Party’s morally wrong actions gets him to start rebelling against him. The first instance of a rebellion is when he purchases a diary from a store, which is prohibited. He secretly writes down any anti-Party suspicions, knowing that he is going to get captured for it. In the first act of 1984, Winston continues to write in his diary. “His pen had slid voluptuously over the smooth paper, printing in large neat capitals - DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER” (Orwell 6). These strong four words are what started his defiance against the Party. He realizes that if anyone finds this diary, he will be taken to prison and will most likely be executed. He does not care about the risks that he needs to take in order to take down the Party. He also starts a relationship outside of marriage with a girl named Julia, which
The hands of each individual are stained with the creative colors that come from within their minds, used to express each one’s own individuality. In the books 1984 and Brave New World these rights are stripped away, not leaving anyone with even their own thoughts to cling to. The characters in these books are engulfed in societies that encourage unity and alikeness amongst everyone. They do not want anyone to have unique qualities at the risk of rebellion against the government. Dystopian literature often uses the id, ego, and superego to display behavioral attributes of these characters. In Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and George Orwell’s 1984, individuality is suppressed by the means of a lack in personal relationships
George Orwell’s 1984 has resonated with many who have experienced first-hand what life is like under a dictator. The novel describes how everything is controlled and monitored by the government and how even mere thoughts can be detected by ThoughtPolice. Readers get to experience Oceania’s system of ruling through the eyes of an Outer Party member, Winston Smith. At first, Winston is adamant to destroy The Party and its figurative leader Big Brother, but eventually is captured and converted into a lover of Oceania’s system of government. Children, although not playing a significant role in this book, are mentioned as devious little spies. They have the power to send even their own parents to the Ministry of Love to be tortured and converted back to orthodoxy. In 1984, George Orwell is effective in persuading younger generations of their power through the use of scare tactics, pathos, and ethos.