Analysis Of George Orwell 's ' Nineteen Eighty Four '

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Future Possibilities On September 11, 2001 the United States was attacked by radical Islamic terrorists. The American government responded quickly and aggressively to the attack, through military action and increased government surveillance and regulation. The creation of greater government control begs the question of when the control of a government becomes excessive. George Orwell explored this controversial issue in his book: Nineteen Eighty Four. During his apex as a writer in the 1940’s, Nazi Germany and the Communist Soviet Union each tried to expand their empires through the use of propaganda and military force. Orwell himself fought in the 1932 Spanish Civil War and fought both the fascists and the communist in separate engagements. These experienced polarized Orwell against totalitarian governments and caused the writing of his two famous political satires. George Orwell’s dystopic 1984 demonstrates that once a totalitarian state has seized power, its control over the masses is pervasive and the most basic subversion against the ruling class becomes futile and impossible. Winston Smith is an older man, in his 40s. He lives alone initially in the sense that he has no wife yet in the reality of his world he is never alone. To be alone is to be outside the influence and oversight of the party and such is prohibited: “It was one of those big pictures which are so contrived that the eyes follow you about when you move. BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, the caption beneath
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