Essay on Brainwashing of Constituents in George Orwell's "1984"

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Eric Blair wrote the novel 1984 under the pseudonym George Orwell. The original title of 1984 was The Last Man in Europe, however, the title was changed for unknown purposes. It has been speculated that the change in title was done because it was a mere reversal of the last two digits of the year in which it was written. The novel was first received with conflicting acclamations and criticisms. Those who provided acclamation for the novel believed that it portrayed the impending possibility of the future and what it might bring. Some reviewers, however, disliked its dystopian satire of the class system, the power struggles of world leaders, nationalism, totalitarian regimes, and bureaucracy. Others panned it as nihilistic prophesy on the…show more content…
Love and obedience can be shown for no other. To ensure that all the people of Oceania completely devote themselves to Big Brother many check systems are put in place. These include telescreens and the Thought Police. Telescreens were cameras and televisions which were used to watch the people at all times. The Thought Police, who were indistinguishable from everyday citizens, were present to capture anyone they suspected to be a thought criminal. Thought criminals were any Oceania citizens that were suspected of conspiring against Big Brother or The Party. Another activity that The Party established to instigate love for Big Brother was the Two Minute Hate. This endeavour created feelings of hatred that were steered toward a certain group of people called thought criminals. When first published, 1984 was viewed as an absurdly fictional novel. Readers thought that the ideas presented were exaggerated and would never be reality. However, it is exceedingly evident that it is no longer such a stretch of the imagination. In many places around the world, small and seemingly insignificant changes are being made that signify a slide toward totalitarianism. The first practice that makes this change seem apparent in the future is the use of hidden surveillance cameras. These seem to be consistent with the telescreens used in the novel. Most Wanted, a television show that displays suspected criminals and Crime Stoppers, a program put in place that allows citizens to

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