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
Also, if the people do not believe in everything the Party says then they also will be taken away. In 1984, George Orwell shows the readers that the destruction of language and the past can be used as tools to manipulate people in believing in anything such things as, forcing society to speak only one language, putting up posters to persuade the people to believe in this saying
Surveillance is used as the eye over the population. In 1984 it is Big Brother who sees and hears every step you take, while in America it is the National Security Agency (NSA). By governing the people with lies and limitations, a government can do as it pleases. If the people do not know what is right and wrong, they can easily be fooled. The first point is doublethink, in 1984 the party uses the idea of continuous war as an act of doublethink.
It is what truly, physically manipulates the freedom and speech of people to be deemed fit to control the population, an obvious example of limiting the intellectual freedom and creativity among people. A pronounced example of censorship in 1984 are the acts of the Ministry of Truth and the use of so-called “Memory Holes” to free the public of Big Brother’s inconsistencies. This is done by using “Speak-Write” machines to change news articles and pictures of the past to prove current party reports legitimate and favorable. Such was the work of Winston, as his job was to find these old articles and mark out the inconsistencies, changing history for the needs of the Party. He believes that if people are able to verify a claim with an external source, even a lie can become truth, as Winston
The Party in 1984 Oceania has one main goal: keep the citizens under their complete control. The Party as a group is a massive force that will stop for nothing. Their altercation of the past and the spewing of propaganda tv’s keep the people believing the Party’s every word. The corruption has gone so far that they even drag on wars to make people have a strong sense of togetherness and nationalism. 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 exploits surveillance, the manipulation of emotions, and censorship to achieve its goal. Constant monitoring, the promotion of nationalist emotions, and the spreading of ignorance blend together to enforce conformity on a massive scale. By preventing individuals from forming and exterminating any that do, the Party has constructed a well refined system with the sole purpose of crushing individuality. Resulting in the complete and utter abolishment of individuality, the Party’s greed for power serves as a mirror for humanity’s potential evil. In the name of power, mankind is not afraid to crush the souls of innocent people and destroy the most integral part of humanity:
What if the destruction of language and the past can be used as tools to manipulate the minds of people? In the novel 1984, by George Orwell, this is exactly what is happening. Winston, who works in the ministry of truth in Oceania erases the past by rewriting it. It is a scary world in Oceania when even a movement on your face is enough to be vaporized. Winston must control his thoughts in order to stay alive.
In 1984, slogans and manipulation of language scar citizens more than the Party’s physical control. The words of the Party’s doctrine cause a more painful effect than physical control because it has lasting outcome that destroys the citizens psychologically. By the Party falsifying history and making contradictions to reality, it makes its citizens suffer using mind control. In George Orwell’s 1984, the government uses both psychological manipulation and physical control to control its citizens, although psychological manipulation is more effective and can be a result of physical control. Psychological manipulation is “a type of social influence that aims to change the behavior or perception of others through abusive, deceptive, or underhanded tactics”(Lieurance 2).
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 .
Totalitarian governments, such as Nazi Germany, and their use of controversial techniques in order to rise power are significant influences on literature, creating parallels between it and novels such as 1984 by George Orwell. The system deployed by the Nazi regime in order to rise to power was undoubtedly, while immoral, very effective in eliciting the results desired by its enforcers. State sponsored murder or execution, prevalent in both Nazi Germany and 1984, were utilized by the government to incite hatred within its citizens. Big Brothers overbearing presence in the citizens lives strikingly resembles the relationship that dictators such as Adolf Hitler held with countries through implementation of similar propaganda techniques seen in
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.
Montag’s search for justice is him looking for knowledge that the government is trying to destroy and replace with simpler forms of entertainment such as TV. "’So now do you see why books are hated and feared? They show the pores in the face of life. The comfortable people want only wax moon faces, poreless, hairless, expressionless (85).’" People have gotten so politically correct that they would rather get rid of all different ideas than learn to understand and accept them. This laziness to deal with others lead to the government to destroy the ideas of different thinkers than what is considered normal to them.
In Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, the control of knowledge is what runs through the veins of the government, burning books is the chosen method to eliminate the past and control the future. However, in Orwell’s 1984 the use of technology to control thought was demonstrated to destroy every thought that was not the party. By looking at
“Our minds have been poisoned and our accepted beliefs are unnatural and artificial” (McGill). Psychological control is one of the many methods totalitarian governments use to remain in power. However, this can only be achieved through widespread support and loyalty from the population. Therefore, it is important to learn how to prevent and stop totalitarian regimes in today’s society. Studying George Orwell’s novel 1984 can help identify how dictators take oppressive actions in order to achieve power and control.