1984 Totalitarianism In 1984

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The Flawed World of 1984 A dystopia is an imaginary place or state in which the condition of life is bad, as from deprivation, oppression, or terror. Referring to the definition, totalitarianism throughout 1984 demonstrates all elements of a dystopia. Big Brother instills fear in the minds of Oceanians to access all power and build their version of a utopia. Orwell faults the world of 1984 to show the protagonist, Winston Smith, is able to overcome all fears the Party instills in him and to find it in himself to rebel against the totalitarian government. Winston criticizes his society for being so driven by party ideology which encourages them to go through mental processes that confuse them with what is reality as to the Party’s version of reality (Becnel 74). The protagonist proves himself to be a misfit in the society of 1984 by not conforming to the party’s ideas as others would, diminishing the idea of individuality. George Orwell portrays a dystopian society through a rebellious protagonist’s hatred of totalitarianism to illustrate the idea of nonconformity in 1984. Winston Smith can be comparable to someone who is above the middle class, but not exactly an elite either. He works with the outer party in the Ministry of Truth where they alter the history of Oceania to make it appropriate for their government. Winston has one thing against the government though making his placement in his work ironic, his memory. People do not have memories of life before

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