The fictional novel, 1984 by George Orwell is about a world run by a totalitarian government, called the Party, which takes away all the freedoms of its citizens by watching over them with high surveillance technology. In addition, the Party uses dishonesty and betrayal to expose people’s true feelings of Oceania, the country where the story takes place. Betrayal is seen throughout society in Oceania through government manipulation and actions made by Winston, Julia and O’Brien, the main characters. Winston’s true self-betrayal comes when he realizes his new passionate love for Big Brother, the leader of the Party and Oceania. The Party fears a rebellion against them, as a result they use different methods to eliminate trust between
The book, 1984 by George Orwell, is about the external and internal conflicts that take place between the two main characters, Winston and Big Brother and how the two government ideas of Democracy and totalitarianism take place within the novel. Orwell wrote the novel around the idea of communism/totalitarianism and how society would be like if it were to take place. In Orwell’s mind democracy and communism created two main characters, Winston and Big Brother. Big Brother represents the idea of the totalitarian party. In comparison to Big Brother, Winston gives and represents the main thought of freedom, in the novel Winston has to worry about the control of the thought police because he knows that the government with kill anyone who
In the book 1984 by George Orwell, a totalitarian government is emphasized. Throughout the story, it is revealed that all the government cares about is war and power within themselves. It is clearly shown that the intentions of the government in Oceania are self-serving and not benevolent. With the use of Newspeak and Doublethink, Orwell further shows that the intentions of the government are one sided and are only effective for themselves. The way in which the government runs its people expresses the idea of selfishness and that all benefits are only for the government. Through the use of surveillance, torture, and complete removal of people's privacy, the government is able to manipulate and scare people into obeying the government, which in turn only makes the government stronger.
The novel “1984” by George Orwell exemplifies the issues of a government with overwhelming control of the people. This government controls the reality of all of their citizens by rewriting the past, instilling fear, and through manipulation. This is an astounding story because of the realistic qualities that are present throughout the text about an extreme regulatory government and its effects. This society is overwhelming consumed with the constructed reality that was taught to them by Big Brother. George Orwell brings significant aspects to the novel like the complexity of relationships during a rebellion and The Party’s obsession with power. The main character Winston struggles throughout the story trying to stay human through literature, self-expression and his individuality. The party uses human’s tendencies, weaknesses, and strengths in order to dehumanize their citizens to gain control over them.
George Washington once said, “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” George Orwell’s satirical novel 1984 is based on the life of Party member Winston Smith, a free thinker, and his battle to restore humanity that has been snatched from the residents of Oceani0a since the totalitarian rule of Big Brother. V for Vendetta, a satirical film directed by James McTeigue, revolves around the actions of an antihero named V and his struggles to re-establish humanity in individuals by rebelling against the government’s rule. In both satires, 1984 and V for Vendetta the concept of humanity is exaggerated in the
In today’s society, we are used to the phrase “of the people, for the people” when thinking of our own government. A government who ultimately is in pursuit of our individual good. To the surprise of many, not all governments have the happiness of the subjects in mind. In fact, many ruling bodies have only their own selfish interests in their sights. This situation is depicted in the novel 1984 where the government is not for the good of the people, but instead is self-serving.
The short novel 1984 by George Orwell, it depicts the movement towards a perfect society by controlling the citizens’ actions through telescreens supervised by the government. Winston is a character who was conscious of the truth yet he constructively made up lies to avoid problems with an overseen government. For example, in 1984, it is evident that the people from the dystopian society were always being supervised “It was conceivable that they watched everybody at all times”(3); to make sure that they were following the expectations that were envisioned in order to have a loyal society. Although creating new technological advances are beneficial to a regular society, it may not be for a totalitarian government like the one presented in 1984. It may lead to the destruction or betrayal of the people within their world to avoid the ordinary. Thus, causing the destruction of mankind by executing those who go against the law.
“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face- forever” (220). The government’s power in the entire world has been increasing over the years. People are settling with what the government provides them, and many of them are ignoring what it could take away from them. Being human means to have the ability to express feelings and thoughts, to love and hate, to feel compassion and happiness, to have dignity and a decent life. The government in the novel 1984 is intended to dehumanize the people of Oceania in order to maintain power. With this novel, George Orwell warns about the consequences of conformity and ignorance.
Human nature seems like something you cannot control. Most people follow their intuition for guidance. However, in 1984 George Orwell shows a dystopia that reaches to control just that. Basic human emotion is not expressed and it is an expectation to follow everything the party wants and needs. The government in 1984 uses fear to control the people in Oceania to keep them from acting against big brother and to try to eliminate human nature.
In support of Aristotle and philosophers alike, theories of governmental control and the belief in the necessity of government, are rooted in the belief that humans cannot govern themselves without chaos and corruption. The sentiment of human competency is contradicted when specific governments are constructed with a rationalized and theoretical idea of equity, while concurrently stripping a population of freewill and their basic human instincts. In 1984, George Orwell explores the distinct concepts of the psychological repression of human instincts that are a result of a Totalitarian government. “The so-called intelligent community, in its pity as well as prudence, takes necessarily the attitude of the conqueror toward the conquered, because
Throughout the book 1984, by George Orwell, society was constantly being monitored and limited in their freedom. Orwell wrote this book to depict the most absolute and powerful totalitarian government. It showed people of his time how this could all be a possibility in the near future and the risks of accepting this form of control. He was able to create an extreme portrayal of the extent rulers would go to, to obtain total power over everyone. In the book, the government had set up a world of lies and deception, which people had to believe or else their life was at risk. However, there was Winston Smith, a unique man in this newly organized world that suppressed individualism. As the book progressed, the structure and plot of the story
Human nature seems like something that cannot be stopped. Most people follow their intuition for guidance. However, in 1984 George Orwell shows a dystopia that reaches to control just that. Basic human emotion is frowned upon and you are expected to follow everything the party wants and needs you to. The government in 1984 uses fear to control the people in Oceania to keep them from acting against big brother and to try to eliminate human nature.
In the novel 1984 by George Orwell, the totalitarian government is adamant that all citizens not only follow its policies, but wholeheartedly agree with them. In order to maintain his individuality and avoid the Thought Police, Winston lies about his allegiance to the government and his beliefs and thoughts. He learns that his lies are weak and shallow after he is caught, and he eventually realizes the true power of his lies when he deceives himself. The totalitarian government Orwell presents encourages deception as a means of survival, increasing the government’s power when the citizens are eventually driven to lie to themselves. As the Party grows stronger and individuality crumbles, Orwell displays the loss of humanity as a result of a government built on deception.
The book that I chose for my first book report was 1984 by George Orwell. The story begins by introducing a man named, Winston Smith, a simple man from the country known as Oceania. He lives in a small flat within London, on the Island known as Airstrip One. Winston is a part of the outer party, which is a part of the ruling party within Oceania, and is a low ranking member who works for the Ministry of Truth as a propaganda officer. The people of the ruling party are constantly being watched, and their actions and thoughts are under strict control by the government. Thoughts specifically are very important to the party and the thought police, a policing agency that analyzes individual’s thoughts, and are dedicated to controlling what party members think about. Winston makes a conscious choice to go against them by beginning his own personal journal and starts his journey of rebellion against the party. As a propaganda officer within the Ministry of Truth he works to control all information that circulates within Oceania. While working at the Ministry of Truth Winston encounters a man named O’Brien who interests him very much, and he begins to believe that he and O’Brien share similar views towards the party.
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.