Freedom And Security In George Orwell's 1984

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As time goes on, freedom and security have become values that are discussed more and more often. In George Orwell’s 1984, the notions of freedom and security both come at the price of one another. With more freedom comes less security, and with more security there is less freedom. This is one of the most prevalent concepts that carries from this dystopian novel into our society today, and we are going to have to pick one value over the other. In order to be successful, freedom is going to have to come first, and we are going to have to figure out an answer to the security problem that presents us with. In this dystopian novel, the citizens don’t even appear to understand the concept of freedom as we have it today. To quote Winston Smith, “Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimeters inside your skull.”(24). To be watched by the government at all times ensures that citizens are well protected, but after they have no privacy, there is nothing left to protect. Taking away the nature of humans is like taking away the wings to a bird. There’s nothing left for them to soar with. Freedom in relation to security are, in a way, like the stoplight. Before the invention of the automobile, they weren’t needed. As automobiles became more popular, stoplights had to be placed at every major intersection to keep people safe. This is similar to freedom and security. As technology keeps on getting smarter and more dangerous, we need to put our own regulations in order to control
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