1984 and North Korea

1278 WordsJul 10, 20186 Pages
1984 demonstrates a dystopian society in Oceania by presenting a relentless dictator, Big Brother, who uses his power to control the minds of his people and to ensure that his power never exhausts. Aspects of 1984 are evidently established in components of society in North Korea. With both of these society’s under a dictator’s rule, there are many similarities that are distinguished between the two. Orwell’s 1984 becomes parallel to the world of dystopia in North Korea by illustrating a nation that remains isolated under an almighty ruler. North Korea profoundly corresponds with Oceania by being a highly militarized nation. Although it has been decades since the Korean war, there has been an everlasting tension between North Korea and…show more content…
Big Brother is able to control the minds of the Oceanian people so that there are no corrupt thoughts. Syme says to Winston, “[d]on’t you see the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought, in the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible” (Orwell 46). In order for Big Brother to stay in power, it is essential to limit the people’s ability to consciously make bad choices. This sense of being compliant and obeying every rule made by Big Brother is made successful because of his ability to limit the thoughts of the people through Newspeak. The rebellious protagonist of 1984, Winston, falls to Big Brother because of his manipulation. “The purpose, then, of totalitarian government becomes only that of sustaining its feeling of power. Winston’s final defeat is encapsulated in the last words of the novel... [H]is struggle is finished: “He loved Big Brother” (Franks). This poignant end for Winston proves that Big Brother can successfully control the mind of almost anyone, obtaining complete obedience and loyalty. Kim Il Sung was able to achieve this same manipulation in a much different way. The people of North Korea see Kim Il Sung as a brother. He was successful during his time manipulating the minds of his people to sincerely believe that he is a member of every individual North Korean person’s family. The North Koreans see Kim Il Sung as someone they can trust, so they refrain from ever being disloyal to
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