The Importance Of The Outer Party In George Orwell's 1984

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In the novel 1984 by George Orwell, the Outer Party is silenced in order to evoke a sense of patriotism for Big Brother that is necessary for him to remain in power. This goal is achieved with anti-individualism, architecture, and historical revisionism. Orwell attempts to convey that everything outside of the Inner Party’s control must be stopped by creating an omnipresence of the government described by Orwell as “always the eyes watching you and the voice enveloping you” (Orwell, 26).

The ministries in Oceania are extremely anti-individualist because they believe that if everyone has the same views, people will be easier to control and less likely to revolt. Winston and other members of the Outer Party have virtually no free time and
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The majority of the city’s buildings have “sides shored up with balks of timber” (Orwell, 7) while the Ministry of Truth, among other ministries is “an enormous pyramidal structure of glittering white concrete” (Orwell, 7). The ministries are juxtaposed in order to create an omnipresence of the Inner Party used as a reminder to people that the ministries are all-knowing. Orwell uses this omniscience in order to highlight the idea that there is always someone watching over London. The Outer Party is then silenced into following the rules and therefore being patriotic to Big Brother and his…show more content…
Oceania is constantly at war with either “Eurasia or Eastasia……. Oceania was at war with one of these Powers” (Orwell, 17). The use of the phrase “one of these powers” shows that members of the Outer Party aren’t exactly sure who Oceania is at war with which makes it easy to assume that there might not even be a war at all. The Inner Party attempts to prevent globalisation in fear that it will take away from their patriotism. Hate against the other continents is extremely exaggerated to the people of Oceania which allows them to dismiss any international integration, therefore dismissing globalisation. This hate is essential to enforcing patriotism because if for example there was no alleged war there would be an increase in blending of ideologies which can therefore weaken the Party’s trust in Oceania. And of course once trust is weakened, patriotism is debilitated, and Big Brother as a whole will cease to exist.

The Outer Party is constantly silenced in order to ensure patriotism. Patriotism is extremely important for the survival of the ministries, because if people are not patriotic then the entire structure of Oceania’s society will crumble. Big Brother attempts to destroy any form of anti-patriotism that may exist, be it through anti-individualism, architecture, or historical revisionism out of fear that people will not trust the
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