The Dangers Of Totalitarianism In George Orwell's 1984

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What if people lived in a society where they had no freedom? They weren’t allowed to think for themselves or do as they pleased. Everything was controlled by one, single person. George Orwell created a dystopian society, Oceania, where everything was controlled by Big Brother. Winston Smith, the main character, slowly realized that the Party, or the government, was manipulating their society to make the Party immortal. By writing 1984, George Orwell warns people of the dangers that totalitarianism places on society. George Orwell’s 1984 reflects its historical period by comparing Orwell’s dystopian society to Germany leading up to, and during, World War II. By describing the rankings of the classes, Orwell shows how the population of Oceania is similar to the population of Germany in the 1930s and 1940s. For example, at the top of each group is their leader, Big Brother and Adolf Hitler. Both the people of Oceania and Germany praise these leaders and wish to live their lives as part of the Party and the Nazi Party. These people feel that if they support their leader’s ideas, they are doing their part for the Party. With a multitude of people supporting the Party, they execute tasks similarly. “...marching forward in perfect unity, all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans, perpetually working, fighting, triumphing, persecuting- three hundred million people all with the same face” (Orwell 70). The population rankings of Oceania and Germany verify that the
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