Andre Diggs English 4 Quarter 4 Assignment Period 5-8 May 5, 2013 George Orwell 1984 In George Orwell 's novel 1984, there were many issues in the government, sex /marriage and privacy that shows an uncanny resemblance to the world we live in today. I found many comparisons in the government, in Orwell 's novel he wrote that the slogan of the party was “WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH”; this slogan is contradictory to everything that we are trying to escape. It is also similar to the ongoing war in Iraq, what is the purpose of this war exactly? Only the government really knows, they only inform you on what they want you to know, which is also very closely related to what they depict through technology, such …show more content…
Currently there are eight countries in Nevada that have active brothels, men from far and wide travel to Nevada just to explore the freedom of sex, the freedom to do so without worrying about consequences from the law. Winston also felt the need to frequent the prole area to feel free from “big brother”, to purchase sex and not worry about looking over his shoulder, when Winston and Julia where caught in there room he was took into interrogation where he is tortured and manipulated into believing that whatever the party says is right, should be accepted. If you are caught soliciting prostitution in California you could be fined up to $1,000 in fines, serve up to six months in jail, face immigration issues, lengthy probation, require HIV testing, and strict probation with random search and seizures. It may seem that in today 's society the punishment is harsher than what Winston endured, but the thought of receiving electric shock because you engaged in sexual activity is unheard of and quite inhumane. Winston was so warped in his thinking that when he fantasized of Julia he would often imagine himself killing Julia at his moment of climax, this shows that eventually no matter what you believe, a constant barrage of others opinions and beliefs will alter your opinion as well. Winston and Julia eventually reunite and Julia has been brainwashed as well, it mirrors the effect of institutionalized people, once you have been locked for a period of time it
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When reading part one of 1984 by George Orwell many thoughts and questions popped into my head. Why would a powerful government rewrite and brainwash its citizens? Or why are they under constant surveillance? As I further read along something interested me. One of our main characters and protagonist, Winston, knows or believes that he knows all of the punishments that are done by the Thought Police and the Inner Party. He contemplates on whether or not he should start a diary. He knows it may not be a law in starting one, but he knows the dangers of it if the Thought Police would find it. This part catches my interest the most because he knows that he is doing something rebellious, yet he continues to go along with it since he
The author of the novel 1984, George Orwell, is a political critic. Therefore, he used very precise descriptions of situations and words to provide the reader a clear understanding of the entity he is criticizing. When Winston describes the destruction of past records to create new ones to Julia, he says: “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street and building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And that process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.” (pg. 162). Here, instead of only saying “Every record has been
These contradictions throughout the society serve as a confusion of what is right compared to what is wrong throughout their society. The people don’t know whether to believe in the things their government says or not due to everything being a contradiction. For example when Winston starts writing his diary of thoughts against the government, it is due to the fact that he doesn’t know what is right or what he should do if he doesn’t agree with the government's opinions on different ideas. Therefore, he feels that the only thing he can do is what his mind tells him to do, and that is to write his thoughts down against the government in the form of his diary. The doublethink philosophy makes the people question what is right
The novel “1984” by George Orwell exemplifies the issues of a government with overwhelming control of the people. This government controls the reality of all of their citizens by rewriting the past, instilling fear, and through manipulation. This is an astounding story because of the realistic qualities that are present throughout the text about an extreme regulatory government and its effects. This society is overwhelming consumed with the constructed reality that was taught to them by Big Brother. George Orwell brings significant aspects to the novel like the complexity of relationships during a rebellion and The Party’s obsession with power. The main character Winston struggles throughout the story trying to stay human through literature, self-expression and his individuality. The party uses human’s tendencies, weaknesses, and strengths in order to dehumanize their citizens to gain control over them.
The book 1984, by George Orwell, takes place in country named Oceania, where their government is under a totalitarianism rule. The characters in the book are basically stripped of every right that citizens, in the United States, are guaranteed under the US Constitution. Some examples of the Bill of Rights Amendments that were absent in the book would be the First Amendment, Fourth Amendment, Sixth Amendment, as well as the Fourteenth, Fifteenth and Nineteenth Amendment, and also many others.
1984, by George Orwell, is a novel that is ultimately about a totalitarian form of government and it's negative aspects that it imposes on society. The readers clearly see that George Orwell opposes this form of government because it limits not only freedoms, but the idea of freedom itself. The idea of pure freedom is shattered as we see the protagonist's mission to overthrow Big Brother fail. Big Brother may have not even been real. However, the fear that this imaginery person/ organization imposed on society was real. Winston Smith, the protagonist, feels like the only person who sees what Big Brother is doing to society- watching thier every movements, limiting their freedoms, lying through the news, and distracting people from
Love is both the foundation and the weakness of a totalitarian government. George Orwell 1984, Winston endures the Party's removal of sex in relationships and in his failed marriage with Katharine. Later, when Winston finally meets Julia, Winston adores the ability of being able to love someone in a more emotional and physical way. So much of Winston's rebellion turns out to be guided and influenced by the Party (Mr. Charrington, O'Brien, & the Brotherhood), but his relationship with Julia isn’t. In 1984, The Party works to kill all physical sensations of love, and depersonalize sex to the point where it is referred to as a "duty to the Party" for the purposes of reproduction.
He ended up getting tortured non-stop to “correct” him. Normal people didn’t have the same thoughts that Winston had. After all the pain, Winston was eventually brainwashed into believing that Big Brother was a good thing and there was nothing wrong with his
The book 1984 depicts a society unimaginable to most; however, a further look shows us that we actually do live in an Orwellian society. Orwell describes a country called Oceania made of multiple continents which is ruled by the dictatorial “Big Brother” who uses different systems like the “thought police” and “telescreens” in order to have full control over the country. Our democratic government, through organizations such as the NSA and NGI, can look through our most private conversations and moments using spyware. Due to the secrecy of the government, citizens in 1984, as well as those in our society, fear the government.
In 1984 the world was transformed into an imaginable place which everything was bad and unpresentable. The three most powerful “states” were Oceania, Eurasia and Eastasia, who fight in various configurations for power in a war which governments, in common sense spend resources to maintain the populations morale and nationalism.
To start in part one of 1984, Winston writes down his experience with a proles prostitute. The Party punishes people when they are caught in the act but encourage it behind closed doors.”Tacitly the Party was even inclined to encourage prostitution, as an outlet for instincts which could not be altogether suppressed....So long as it was furtive and joyless,”(Orwell 65).The government encourages feeling no love for anyone other than Big Brother. He ends up meeting Julia whom he did at first despise since he could not have her. When he finds out that Julia shares feelings for him there is an immediate change. Now he has made the decision to lover her himself without the government controlling him to do so. They have their secret affair and he believes that he truly loves her. However, in part three Winston is about to be faced with
Although “the physical difficulty of meeting was enormous”, since “whichever way you turned, the telescreen faced you”, Winston pursued Julia knowing the possible consequences (110). Every aspect of their relationship is illegal in Oceania, the secret meetings, hatred towards the party, sexual relations without consent of the party, and unlimited thought. Julia is the force that allows Winston to satisfy his defiant needs, since she is someone Winston should not associate himself with. Winston is so willing to have this relationship because it allows him to not give in to the manipulation by the Party, but keep committing crimes against them without their knowledge. Julia and Winston are both well aware that their actions will lead to their murder, yet they want to rebel as much as they can to make a statement for the people of Oceania’s nonexistent freedom.
The government of Oceania strongly restrains sexual relationships because a successful totalitarian country cannot accommodate private loyalties since it will often trump loyalty to the party. Since sexual relationships and family relations create private loyalties, the party must somehow control these social acts. Since the government suppresses sexual acts in reality, Winston fulfills his needs in his dreams, for example, Winston imagines “A girl with dark hair was coming towards them across the field. With what seemed a single movement she tore off her clothes and flung them disdainfully aside. Her body was white and smooth, but it aroused no desire in him, indeed he barely looked at it.