False Truths, Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Happiness

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False Truths Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The motto and the foundation of American democracy. If life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are the key to a long and stable governing power, then, would non-vitality, imprisonment, and censorship do the same? George Orwell’s, 1984, a bleak, yet compelling novel answers this question. In this dystopian version of 1984, asides from discos and neon leggings, Oceania, a mega-continent, is ruled by the omnipotent force called the Party. As told in the novel, the government, itself, is built entirely on hatred and fear because “a world of terror as much as a world of triumph”(Orwell, 221) and “seeks power entirely for its…show more content…
Recent news about trials and light sentences for specific crimes involving a certain group raises questions about how the justice systems favors one group/race more than the other. Other news like those involving foreign affairs with other nations also reveals underlying conflicts we have with other countries. In 1984, the Party has a significant impact on the media, and this does not only involve politics. The Party wants to be portrayed positively and even goes as far to control entertainment and music.The Party members, or citizens, are exposed to the violence they see on the telescreen and the sound of patriotic music. Politics, is something more complex the Party members handle with. An example of this has to do with the interchangeable war with Eurasia and Eastasia. For example, when the Party said they were at a war with Eurasia, they also had said that the two nation had always been at war. However, the main protagonists Winston recalls clearly that the Party was at war with Eastasia a few years prior. It does not matter who is at war, but it is a test to a Party member since they would have to believe that Oceania is at war with Eurasia. The Party has also made many posters and propaganda plastered onto walls that warns their citizens about having rebellious thoughts, or thought crime along with posters of the supposed leader Big Brother that captions: Big Brother is Watching. Media plays a significant role in democracy as
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