1984 War Is Peace

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1984 essay. "War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength." This is the slogan of the Ministry of Truth, a branch of the totalitarian government in post-war London. The figurehead of this government is Big Brother, who employs a vast army of informers called the Thought Police who watch and listen to every citizen at all times through a device called a telescreen for the least signs of criminal deviation or unorthodox thoughts. This novel, like Orwell’s earlier work Animal Farm and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, is an example of anti-utopian fiction, that kind of fiction which shows man at the mercy of some force over which he has no control. Anti-utopian novels are usually intended as a criticism of the time in which…show more content…
The bewildering and anti-human experience of a person living in a totalitarian state is likely to bring about the kind of alienation apparent in 1984. Winston, the most obvious example, is severely cut off from the outside world. Alone and lonely, he feels alienated from his family, his neighbors, and the rest of society. Even with Julia, Winston does not find someone who shares the same thoughts and opinions that he does. He hates women and children. The Party’s war against love and sex for purposes other than reproduction has succeeded in cutting off Winston from half of the human race. As a result of the Party’s oppression, Winston’s psychological and sexual life has been crippled. Winston is able to perform his duties for the Party without thought or question, but inwardly he represses every contrary or unorthodox thought in the vain hope that he will not be discovered by the Thought Police. Secretly he despises the mindless Party members who are so intellectually and spiritually brainwashed that they can be easily led and made to do anything. Winston’s diary is his attempt to leave behind some record of the evils of him, yet he is unable to write anything more than rambling incoherence’s, as he has alienated himself from his own feelings. Winston does not actively or consciously estrange himself from the rest of society. Rather, his alienation is a passive response to a world he cannot endure, and he effectively
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