A society where people care less about their surroundings and more about their favorite celebrity’s life is a scary thought, but, as Aldous Huxley predicted and Neil Postman supports, this has been our world for a while. Huxley believed that people would reduce their own ability to think and unknowingly grow to love it. Even if many people can still keep their autonomy, there is the larger underlying problem that some people are being ruined by what they think is helping them, making George Orwell seem less relevant. People all over the world, citizens and government officials included, are too caught up in newer, more fun technology to realize how they are inhibiting their own capabilities when they use it. Postman’s assertion that Huxley is more relevant than Orwell is true since there is no “Big Brother” like Orwell predicted and with the addition of technology, people strip themselves of their thoughts. With the invention of new technologies, people have become more infatuated with drama and irrelevant matters. Even though the internet can be used as a great source for answers and thought-provoking information, it is used for other more mindless and selfish reasons. Some people could care more about something completely irrelevant on their phone than something serious that is happening right before them. And as for our future, technology will become more advanced and start to reduce our “capacity to think” as Postman put it. It is already shown with things like
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The idea about human to reconcile the uncertainties of the past with a new or present situation. Throughout the year I studied the texts about, novel 1984 by George Orwell, a film Good Will Hunting and Shakespeare's play Hamlet. In these texts because the characters' uncertainty about the past, they won’t succeed in future situations in their lives. I'm referring from the text of how these uncertainties can have an effect for these protagonists throughout the story until they reach tougher situations.
The author of the novel 1984, George Orwell, is a political critic. Therefore, he used very precise descriptions of situations and words to provide the reader a clear understanding of the entity he is criticizing. When Winston describes the destruction of past records to create new ones to Julia, he says: “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street and building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And that process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.” (pg. 162). Here, instead of only saying “Every record has been
These contradictions throughout the society serve as a confusion of what is right compared to what is wrong throughout their society. The people don’t know whether to believe in the things their government says or not due to everything being a contradiction. For example when Winston starts writing his diary of thoughts against the government, it is due to the fact that he doesn’t know what is right or what he should do if he doesn’t agree with the government's opinions on different ideas. Therefore, he feels that the only thing he can do is what his mind tells him to do, and that is to write his thoughts down against the government in the form of his diary. The doublethink philosophy makes the people question what is right
George Orwell once said “Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” This quote portrays the issue of governments appearing to only protect the citizens. However, while appearing to care for the innocent citizens these deceitful governments are controlling every aspect of living for their own benefits and interests. Both governments presented in reality and the government demonstrated in George Orwell’s 1984 are comparable. With that being said, both governments take advantage of their authority over the citizens, forcing them to think and act differently. Consequently, by altering certain details from the past, invading an individual’s privacy and restricting emotions these governments do not act upon compassion for the citizens but their own selfish reasons.
What we observe in the media is what we “imagine” life to be. Our thoughts and imagination, built upon our own experiences and discoveries, not anyone else’s. Both Orwell and Huxley believed this would happen; they believed that our freedom to comprehend and use of imagination would be limited. But, Huxley believed, it is our decision if our freedom to envison will be taken away, because everything in life is up to us as individuals. Our own self destruction is up to us and although, we know that our society is degenerating, we have not tried to stop it. The reason being that we are so dependent on our desires and technology, we prefer to have the task finished faster, than actually spending time thinking about it. We have become robots to the one concept that deprives us of the ability to think. As Postman and Huxley agree, what we love will ruin us. And what people love in this society is technology, and too much of it will ruin us, in the way that we won’t be able to think, because we are too dependent on looking for the information
Throughout literature, authors have incorporated specific traits into a character’s world to express their views on political topics. From Huxley’s Brave New World to Orwell’s Animal Farm, the characters in each are heavily exaggerated to voice the author’s opinion of the current times. One of the most glaring examples of this political representation is George Orwell’s 1984. About a young man, Winston Smith, and his interactions with the Thought Police, the Resistance, and Julia—his forbidden love--- in a utopian society, Orwell represents the fears of many citizens in the 1940s: the rise of a totalitarian superpower. George Orwell, the author of 1984, wrote this novel at this time for a specific reason, incorporated characters that
The Party in 1984 by George Orwell, and Soviet Russia under Stalin's control are very similar in multiple ways as they both showed the dangers of totalitarianism. History shows that as fear grows, individualism dies, and all hope seems to perish, the spark lights the fire and humanity starts to thrive once more, however if the wick is wet, then it will ultimately time time for it to dry once more.
1984 is a book by George Orwell about a dystopian world where citizens of that world seem to have lost all of their humanity to essentially become robots worshipping their master, Big Brother. While the book is a fictional book published in the late 1940s, some of the points in the book have already seem to be a part of modern society and no one is worried about it. Some of the aspects of the book that are closely similar to today’s society include the prevalence of unjustified mob hatred, designation of one person or group to have full control over everything, and invasion of privacy that no one seems to notice. While many of these aspects seem to normal in the lives of those living in the present day, if more of the troubling parts of the
It has been 68 years since George Orwell forewarned civilization of the totalitarian government society would be under the control of in his prophecy of 1984, and 86 years since Aldous Huxley warned humanity of a future where civilization would be oppressed by technology. Both these novels are still seen as prevalent today, and there have been many debates over which prophecy best represents the world nowadays. Years have passed with no form of Big Brother watching over every move somebody makes. However, Huxley’s predicted form of oppression can be seen all over the current world. As a result of technology, the population has come to need constant stimulation and endless distractions, resulting in a severe deterioration of mindsets and behaviour. People have started to form emotions rather than opinions, which has shown a lack of actual thought and insight in population today. Things that were once taken seriously are now just seen as one more form of entertainment, which has created a trivial society. Based on modern humanity, Huxley’s prophecy is more accurate and is closer to current reality.
In George Orwell 's novel 1984, there were many issues in the government, sex /marriage and privacy that shows an uncanny resemblance to the world we live in today. I found many comparisons in the government, in Orwell 's novel he wrote that the slogan of the party was “WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH”; this slogan is contradictory to everything that we are trying to escape. It is also similar to the ongoing war in Iraq, what is the purpose of this war exactly? Only the government really knows, they only inform you on what they want you to know, which is also very closely related to what they depict through technology, such
George Orwell author of 1984 recently made it on Amazon’s list of “100 books to read before you die” for his widely read novel with thought provoking subjects like: the dangers of totalitarianism, physical control, psychological manipulation, manipulation of information and history, and technology. Through the themes in 1984, George Orwell demonstrates that a dystopian society created by totalitarian rule can infiltrate the minds of its citizens through various mediums.
People nowadays take their humanity for granted. They have favorite colors, foods, numbers, and hobbies. They grow, play, live, and love without a second thought. Most people have no idea what that is like to live without opinions, without love, or without a childhood. George Orwell reminded people of the dangers of an omnipotent government present to its people in his book 1984. The fictional people in this book are ruled by a fictional government who rule with an iron fist and do not allow their people to live like most people in Orwell’s time. Orwell introduced a terrifying, unbelievable world to readers and they refused to believe anything like that could ever happen. Unfortunately, they were very mistaken. Blaine Harden tells the sad
The world has observed multiple authoritarian governments rise throughout history. These regimes have carried a façade in front of their subjects to remain powerful and glorified. However, the true circumstances of the society are not perfect, in fact, they convey the opposite. Such governments, impose their ideologies amongst their innocent citizens. Citizens are unable to speak out against their government or hold political freedoms. To remain in power, the reigning party must utilize tactics to manipulate its people. These techniques are evident in the novels 1984 and The Giver. Many critics make connections between these books because of their comparable plot characteristics. The Giver by Lois Lowry is similar to 1984 by George Orwell
1984 is one of Orwell 's most famous masterpieces, and it is a work of opposition to totalitarianism. As a political allegory, 1984 is also Orwell’s last work, which is with his greatest efforts. On the basis of his own experience, Orwell combines reality and 1984 closely, in order to give people a sense of reality. In the book, the description of anti Utopia reflects Orwell 's concern about the political trend of the whole human society. His political thinking is summed up in this book, which are imaginative and creative. Through the use of symbolism and black humor, a clever combination of politics and art is successfully achieved in 1984.
The novel 1984 is a futuristic totalitarian society where everyone is kept under close surveillance and is forced to follow all rules and laws of the state. The novel 1984 was written by George Orwell and published in 1950. The main characters were Big Brother, Winston Smith, Julia, O’Brien, Syme and Emmanuel Goldstein. Winston Smith is a low man on the totem pole when it came to the ruling Party in London, Oceania. His every move is watched by the Party through devices called telescreens. Posted everywhere around the city is the face of their leader, “Big Brother” informing them that he is always watching. He works in the “Ministry of Truth” which is ironic seeing that they alter history to fit the liking of the Party. As this book continues Winston challenged the laws and skirts around the fact that he is always being watched. His shocking and rebellious act is “falling in love.” Throughout this novel George Orwell utilizes symbolism to further enhance the totalitarian features of the society. In many ways these symbols represent the things that this society hasn’t experienced and doesn’t understand.