Analysis Of The Novel ' 1984 ' By George Orwell

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The novel “1984” by George Orwell explores the meaning of humanity and the tactics that a totalitarian government may use to strip humanity from the people in order to maintain power. The main character Winston strives to preserve his humanity throughout the novel in his ability to think freely. The government tries to control its constituent’s thoughts, through tactics of propaganda, regulation, telescreen monitors, the thought police, and five ministries. These tactics are to control the constituent perception of reality which is similar to how governments in our modern society try to control people’s thoughts. Moreover, constituents of the government are prevented from exploring their most basic desires, such as the desire to love and be loved. Winston is a character that knows what the government is doing but is trying to maintain freedom by rebelling through his thoughts and actions. Freedom is central to what it means to be human and is the main theme of the story. Orwell demonstrates through “1984” that humans must strive to prevent governments from removing freedom because freedom is central to what it means to be human.
The government in “1984” goes to great measures to control the perception of its constituents. The goal of the Ministry of Truth, where Winston works, ironically is to alter the records of history (26). Winston says that thousands of people work here and that there are other giant government organizations such as the thought police whose sole…
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