“The telescreens received and transmitted simultaneously…so long as he remained within the field of vision…he could be seen as well as heard” (Orwell 3). While that idea may haunt citizens of today’s society, governments are already one step ahead. Officials from countries all around the world have the power to record and collect surveillance at any number of business places or dwellings. “There are a lot of cities in the world…that are filming you all the time…and it’s perfectly legal” (Kirby 6). With this constant surveillance, the citizens of such countries do not have privacy.
An Oppressive Government George Orwell talks about the dangers that can occur with an oppressive totalitarian government. He documents life under a controlling government party referenced to The Party and Big brother. He discusses the lack of privacy of the citizens and the result and consequences of committing crimes. During the time period of the late 40’s the government used telescreens in order to surveillance the people at all times. “ On coins, stamps, on the covers of books… everywhere.
World War I was finally over, however, there was a new threat to Americans. The fear of invasive Communist ideals began to grow rapidly in the United States. Communism is, in Democratic views, a terrible and oppressive way to govern a country. As the United States has always been a democracy, it is easy to understand the great fear of the American people. This widespread terror was known as the Red Scare.
One example of this is 1984 by George Orwell and The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. One place you see an inspiration in 1984 from The Uglies is the type of conflict. They both share a character vs society conflict. In 1984 the main character, Winston Smith, is living in a totalitarian society with the constant reminder that Big Brother is always watching you. Large posters follow you everywhere depicting the face of Big Brother.
Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel written by Ray Bradbury, published in 1953. The story depicts a futuristic American world, where all books and literature are banned. The job of the “Firemen” is to burn all found. The novel was inspired by similar times in history when books were regulated. In the novel, it is apparent that the management of political power affects the actions, the minds, and the feelings of groups and of individuals in society.
Police Brutality Police brutality has become a too often occurring event in the United States. The rampant act of police brutality, often killing, is a direct violation of the Fifth and Fourteenth amendments. Breaking and all but destroying the relationship between police and the communities they are supposed to protect and serve. Minorities and the poor are often the victims of a modern militarized zero tolerance police force of modern times. More recent times has seen the media as being a main source of the infringement on rights upon these communities terrorized by police tactics.
The novel 1984 by George Orwell reveals the destruction of all aspects of the universe. Orwell envisioned how he believes life would be like if a country were taken over by a totalitarian figure. Nineteen eighty-four effectively portrays a totalitarian style government, in which elected representatives maintain the integrity of a nation with very little citizen participation in the decision-making process of the legislative body. Although the authors ideas are inherently and completely fictional, several concepts throughout his book have common links to today’s society which is somehow a realist perspective. Orwell integrates devices such as irony, satire, and motifs to illustrate the life unfulfilling life of Winston Smith.
Orwell’s bleak attitude towards such a government is excellently displayed in, what could be called, a tour through what life would be like in such a society. Through Winston’s eyes, he portrays life in a war-burdened world where every aspect of the citizens’ lives is monitored 24/7, food and other such rations are distributed scarcely, and propaganda is produced constantly. Much of this is what one would expect from a totalitarian society, but Orwell takes the concept a couple steps further. 1984’s Party has a method of altering records of the past in such a way that they practically control it. Quoting from the book: ““Who controls the past,” ran the Party slogan, “controls the future: who
Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games and George Orwell’s 1984 are both dystopian novels, or a book set in an imagined world that is far worse than our own, as opposed to a utopia, which is an ideal place or state. As the focus in the current unit, the Capitol seems like a harsh government, oppressing its people with rules and obviously the cruelty of the Hunger Games. However, another famous book, 1984 depicts a much stricter government that makes the Capitol look like Disneyworld. This page serves the purpose to point out the difference between these two fictional dystopias and to show that the people of District 12 don’t have it too bad in comparison to the citizens of Oceania. The Hunger Games takes place in the country of Panem, the remains
Citizens are not individual, but rather an extension of the Party. When they aren’t living up to Party standards, like the main character Winston, they are arrested and tortured in order to be controlled. People’s lives are controlled in as many ways as possible. The Party controls its people mainly through direct government interference, propaganda, and thought control. The most obvious way the government controls