Methods of Control in 1984 and Brave New World The common goal of all totalitarian regimes is to create and maintain a perfect society. They use various methods to preserve their grip on power. The novels 1984 by George Orwell and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley describe entirely different totalitarian societies in which contrasting methods are used to control people. But what is the main difference between the methods of control used in the two fictional states? The state of Oceania described in 1984 controls its people externally by using force and repression, while the World State depicted in Brave New World controls its citizens from within by giving them a predestined role and conditioning them to accept it.
In George Orwell’s novel 1984 it portrays the dangers of a totalitarian government which causes some of the citizens the want to rebel. Most people learn how to live with the rules and regulations the party bestows upon them and are happy with there day to day lives and others begin to crave for a sense to express their own individuality and freedom. Throughout the book both Winston and Julia are noncompliance to the party in different ways compiling that if there is any hope in overthrowing the party it lies within the proles. Winston is a man coming to consciousness and attempting the overthrow or reformation of the closed, totalitarian, futuristic world he valued at the start (Huntington). He keeps a journal containing what they refer to as “thoughtcrime” which is unorthodox and a controversial way of thinking in his society.
George Orwell’s 1984: How Doublethink is the Most Powerful Weapon for Control Being able to believe two paradoxical statements at one time sounds impossible but it is more common than believed. It is called doublethink, which is the ability to hold two contradictory beliefs on a topic and wholeheartedly believing them both at the same time. This term was coined by George Orwell and it becomes the main tool for control over the citizens of Oceania in his novel 1984. Orwell created a totalitarian future in hopes it would serve as a warning to preceding generations as to how the government can metamorphose into having complete power over a population to the point where they even control the thought process of the human mind. Through government
We first see this idea show up through George Orwell 's 1984. Within this totalitarian novel, the government aims to reduce the meaning of language as well as the number of words possible. Although when we read Orwell 's novel we fear the society he creates, in some ways we are subconsciously slipping into ‘newspeak’. As our society develops, we begin simplifying words, and create an easier way of communication. Today we live in a fast pace moving society, we as humans now want to be able to get from point A to B as fast as we can.
In the novel 1984 by George Orwell, the author suggests that a totalitarian government requires complete surrender of it's citizens' intellectual and social life. In 1984, the party’s control over thought is essential in maintaining a powerful monarchy and an oppressed society. Winston Smith, the protagonist, has a strong dislike against the party, and demonstrates this by writing in a diary, breaking their rules. “The diary would be reduced to ashes and himself to vapour. Only the Thought Police would read what he had written, before they wiped it out of existence and out of memory.
This modernized form of newspeak is what we call political correctness today. (In text citation) Political correctness can be used for good to censor unnecessary dialogue; yet it can cut down on our freedom of speech and thought. It is important to recognize both sides of the spectrum and where the line between the two lies. Newspeak, a form of mental slavery is used as the main language in 1984. Newspeak is a new alteration of the English language with shortened words and phrases.
George Orwell incorporated the theme of totalitarianism into his novel 1984 to display the ever changing world around him during the time it was written. Comparisons between the world that Orwell described and current world activities can be made. The novel 1984 depicts a totalitarianistic government which can be related to historical events such as World War II, and to events that are currently happening today such as the NSA and the spying incidents that occurred in the United States. The novel of 1984 displays themes of totalitarianism. One example directly from the novel 1984 is this quote written by the author George Orwell; “Down in the street little eddies of wind were whirling dust and torn paper into spirals, and though the sun was shining and the sky a harsh blue, there seemed to be no color in anything, except the posters that were plastered everywhere.
Eric Wills Themes Easily, the largest theme that comes through in 1984 from start to finish is psychological control is the way to a totalitarian government. By controlling the minds of the people who are in their country, they can keep everyone in check with no chance of revolution. The Party, or the main government has a motto. It goes, “Those who control the past, control the future: who controls the present controls the past.” (32). What this is saying is in order to stay in power, they have to manipulate the records of the past.
In the novel 1984, George Orwell describes an ideal totalitarian state that is able to have ultimate control control over its party members. This state successfully governs the members by means of internal and external control of the people’s daily activities. The state leaves very little room for rebellion because the people of Oceania live in fear of being caught for not following the states ideologies. The following essay will examine both internal and external modes of control and how these relate to each other. Furthermore, the possibility of rebellion and liberation will be discussed.
Government Manipulation in 1984 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.