Analysis Of George Orwell 's 1984

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In the novel 1984 by George Orwell, the Party has many strategies and tactics that help them have complete control of the people of Oceania. The control the Party has maintained gives them the ability to manipulate people as a result. The Party takes away the people’s freedom to have a say in their government and become their own person. They use their power to an extreme against the people rather than to help the people. The Party takes advantage of every opportunity to instill fear in the citizens, use an excessive amount of thought control, and promote their control to the people through surveillance/propaganda.
A major way in which the government controls people is through the use of surveillance and propaganda.
“..surveillance in the novel is a monitoring or policing function. It works through self-censorship and surreptitious spying to police not just speech and action but also thought and belief. Propaganda too works upon thought and belief, but differently: propaganda instils belief, surveillance policies it” (Yeo 55).
In other words, the government acts as a sense of law enforcement when they are using surveillance to continuously watch over the people. The Party is very similar to law enforcement because they want to enforce strict behavioral guidelines and make people follow them at all times. The government also wants to ensure that the people are becoming convinced by the ideas of propaganda. Propaganda and surveillance work as a team to provide the Party with…
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