O 'Brien, states in 1984 that ' 'we will squeeze you empty and then we shall fill you with ourselves ' '. This again indicates the elimination of identity and individualism which then allows authoritarian governments to exploit citizens and control them. In order for George Orwell 's totalitarian society to remain perfect, dictators must take control over all aspects of life. The reader is introduced to several ways in1984 leaders’ control citizens such as introducing Thought police, double think and newspeak. The purpose of Newspeak is to control personal beliefs as this gives the government the ability to remove and limit thoughts that are aimed against Big Brother and its parties.
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
This can be seen when Equality says, "and each of the men have one of the women assigned to them by the Council of Eugenics," (Rand 41). This proves that the government wanted something a certain way, made a law, and everyone accepted it as a way of life. Because the citizens in the book are puppets to the government, they live in a dystopian society. Anthem is a dystopia because of setting, characterization, and government control. Dystopias are set in a distant time as a warning, have miserable characters, and an overload of government control.
Finally, the Thought Police are the secret police who uncover and punish thought crimes, unexpressed opposition or uncertainty in the ruling party. Due to his hatred for his oppressors, Winston commits several acts of rebellion. By the end of the novel, Winston is caught, tortured, and broken man that mindlessly follows Big Brother. In 1984 by George Orwell, the cliche, “What does not kill you makes you stronger,” is not supported through the novel displays through the struggles of Winston in his acts of anarchy against Big Brother and his time of torture in the Ministry of
In the novel Anthem the author, Ayn Rand discusses the ways Equality 7-2521’s world is a dystopia because independent thought, information and freedom are restricted, the natural world was banished and distressed, a concept is worshipped by the citizens and the society is an illusion of a perfect , utopian world. To begin with, Ayn Rand explains how the Equality 7-2521’s world is a dystopian society because the freedom of think and do anything for yourself is restricted. Equality states “It is a sin to write this. It is a sin to think words no others think and to put them down upon a paper no others are to see... It is as if we were speaking alone to no ears but our own.
Eric Arthur Blair, otherwise known as George Orwell, a popular dystopian novelist and critic once said, “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act” (Orwell). In the book 1984 by George Orwell the community is made up of oppressed individuals living in Oceania. The main character Winston is one of these individuals. He is a low ranking member of the party and is employed at the ministry of truth, where he alters historical records. From the beginning of the novel one can see that Winston is troubled with conforming to the ideas of the party and its leader Big Brother.
[...] It would take a publicly advertised gang rape or her head on a pole to wipe the slate.” The consequences of her rebellious action - that is kicking Blanco’s head “without even thinking” - is rather similar to those in The Handmaid’s Tale. Women are not allowed, let alone having the freedom, to have what the desire and to be siding the opposition against the figurehead of the authority - men. Hence, in order for men to sustain their power and authority over the women, fear is injected into the society as a medium for conformity. In other words, fear among women is essential so that they would comply to whatever norms and beliefs the society uphold. In the cases of both texts, fear is used to exacerbate the oppression of females and ultimately, the commodification of
Would Earth become a more efficient place to live under the authority of someone like Big Brother? In the novel 1984 by George Orwell, the city of London is taken over by Big Brother and renamed to Oceania; citizens living under the authority of Big Brother live in constant fear as they are constantly controlled and ministered while forced to respect the Party. By analyzing the novel using a symbol, a motif, a theme, a conflict and reading the novel through psychoanalytic lens, citizens clearly suffer from the influence of the Party. Winston Smith despises the Party and desires the citizens of Oceania to obtain more privacy and freedom from Big Brother. Winston and Julia are in a light argument about the Party; Julia argues that the Party
The people are in hunger while the government is full. Posters and chants brainwash the people to believe in things regardless of their personal beliefs. Such phenomena are often observed in communist or totalitarian systems of government and these governments are able to produce such consequences with propaganda. In his novel, 1984, George Orwell aptly reflects totalitarianism and warning the readers of its dangers. Orwell envisions a fictional world, Oceania, in which the people are screened and society is ruled by an omniscient figure known as ‘Big Brother’.