Examples Of Dystopian And Pessimism In 1984

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University of the Witwatersrand Elen1003: Critical Thinking Tutor: Daniella Frawley By Ntsako Makhubele Student no: 790270 Topic Two 20 October 2014 Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell is a dystopian and pessimistic novel. Published in 1949, the novel intends to warn the world at large of the potential dangers of a totalitarian state. To make sure that the citizens are living up to the ideology, the party uses different methods of surveillance or mechanisms of control, like the telescreens, Big Brother, the Spies, the principles of newspeak and torturing its enemies. To subvert the control of the Party, Winston engages in an act of erotic sexual relationship with Julia and starts to write a diary for his heresies towards Big Brother. The novel will discuss these mechanisms along with the possibilities of freedom. Orwell depicts the dystopian nature of the novel through the continual oppression of the citizens of Oceania by the government, “INGSOC (the Newspeak term for English Socialism)” (Mania 2014: Lecture slide 2).The Oceanians live in fear of the thought police and being killed if they are ever found to be…show more content…
And with good reason, for hardly a week passed in which the Times did not carry a paragraph describing how some eavesdropping little sneak - 'child hero' was the phrase generally used - had overheard some compromising remark and denounced his parents to the thought police". (Part 1, Chapter 2, 31) Bringing up the children and making them members of the Spies gives them sense of belonging and all they live for is to serve the Party. This leaves no room for freedom in homes because they only know how to obey Big Brother. Even Parson's kids burnt a market selling woman's skirt for using a paper containing Big Brother's picture as a sausage wrapper (Part 1, Chapter 5, 79). This example emphasises that Big Brother's dominion over the children cannot be
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