1984 Totalitarianism Analysis

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The moment a baby is born, that neonate is born free and innocent, however within the first few seconds of their life, based on where they are born thousands of laws are immediately placed on them. In 1949, George Orwell published his dystopian novel 1984 which gave an insight into the totalitarianism of a fictional world in the country of Oceania. Through the eyes and words of the main character and protagonist, Winston Smith we saw the corruption of the party Big brother. Throughout the novel we saw how the party is able to alter the past as well as removing and adding individuals into existence. This book can be related to many countries in today’s society and be used to analyze what is happening in those areas. Through this novel, we are able to get several views into the lifestyle of a person living in North Korea or a totalitarian state is forced to live. In the novel, the main character Winston states “the truly characteristic thing about modern life was not its cruelty and insecurity, but simply its bareness, its listlessness.” (Pg 73) In this instance, the narrator Winston is thinking about Oceania in 1984 and how it is not based on how cruel the party is, but rather on how one’s physically living, spiritually and mentally is. This experience that Winston conveyed is similar to what any other individual in North Korea may have to face. Both the people in the fictional world of 1984 and North Korea are constantly afraid of doing anything because it is

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