Instability of Totalitarianism in George Orwell’s 1984

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Instability of Totalitarianism in George Orwell’s 1984 A government enforces procedures in which a society must follow. Governments contrast by deciding to either be stringent, lenient or even moderate. The protagonist, Winston realizes that the government which he resides in maintains absolute control. Revolution results in extreme punishment that eventually leads to death. With the rest of the society brainwashed Winston tries to successfully find a way to revolt. Throughout the novel, 1984, George Orwell uses the paperweight, the telescreens and big brother to establish the theme of the dangers of totalitarianism. The hypothetical yet unquestionable leader, Big Brother, terrorizes the citizens into a defectless behavior…show more content…
Big Brother instigates the concept of a handicap to the society. The symbol of Big Brother frightens civilization into a Dangerous Dictatorship. The simple antique paperweight demonstrates the terror that involves in an autocratic government. The paperweight has “a peculiar softness, as of rainwater, in both the colour and the texture of the glass.” Winston views his incomplex stone as an emblematic form of the world without the confinement of the current totalitarian government. The paperweight’s appearance of rain water predicts freedom as inconceivable. A raindrop is in perfect form in the atmosphere but when it collides with the earth its form demolishes just like the freedom in society. When carrying the paperweight home “It was very heavy in his pocket, but fortunately it did not make much of a bulge”. The weight in his pocket from the stone represents the faint likelihood of the brutal government ever changing. This causes Winston unable to maintain a normal walk which represents the difficulties of revolting the vigorous government. Orwell uses the paperweight to acknowledge the difficulties of freedom that used to be absent. When Winston is finally caught by the thought police the paperweight drops and “the fragment of coral, a tiny crinkle of pink like sugar rosebud from a cake, rolled across the mat. How small, thought Winston, how small it always was!” (223). The

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