Comparing Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four 1984 and Western Religion

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Similarities Between Orwell's 1984 and Western Religion


In most societies of the past, simple economy was the main motivation for class division and political systems. Those in power controlled the money, those with a means of providing for the economy or gaining money soon were in a position of greater power than those who did not. This general form can be traced from ancient Greece to our present society. The methods by which the status quo or parameters of the system were maintained differs from case to case, however. Some were more open to change, giving opportunities to those able to rise in class. Some societies, most notably "democratic" political systems, were maintained by giving the individual the feeling that he or
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These similarities can be divided into two groups: dogma and action on the part of the system in control. In many ways, 1984 is an account of a party which emulates a religion in its invasion and control of peoples' personal lives. These are mostly the lives of the middle class, for the upper class is in the business of holding together the system, and the proles (the lowest class) are not intelligent enough to be worthy of significant effort to control: it is unneeded.



The dogma of these systems can be subdivided into two categories: archetypal and personal. The archetypal area deals with figures or groups who occupy similar classifications, particularly in the mind of the targeted individual. It is important, of course, that all individuals be targeted, and the key point of these beliefs is that they form the base of the perception of the individual, and thus the society.



In the party, the unifying character is a man known only as "Big Brother". He is the leading symbol of the party, and the party itself is said to have sprung from him and be led by him. He is in the most literal sense the Godhead of the people within the party. The people fear him, a fact indicated by the posters everywhere stating, "Big Brother is watching." Yet that fear is tempered…