The Dangers of a Totalitarian Dictatorship

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Soon after the conclusion of World War II in 1945, Communism posed a threat in the United States. This threat, also known as the Red Scare, was triggered because of the tension between the Soviet Union and the United States. The tension between the two superpowers led to the beginning of the Cold War in the late 1940s. Because the Soviets were a communistic country, many Americans feared Communism because of the influence that it had in America. Many intellectuals supported Communism in the U.S. which led to more concern within the country. The communistic threat presented by the Soviets in the war led to the spread of Communism within the U.S. It was a fear that many Americans spoke out against in attempt to save the American …show more content…
The new language destroys the connotations of each word so that each word has only one meaning. For example, an "unperson" is a person who has been politically disgraced and has been purged. Newspeak is a way to prevent people from expressing their thoughts with English words. In order to control their citizens' thoughts, they do several things. Firstly, they have signs across the city stating "Big Brother is Watching You" which is a warning to citizens not to commit thought crime. They also manipulate and form children into spies so that they can watch over their parents' thoughts and actions. If someone is suspicious of thought crime, the government will mentally torture that person to free them of their thoughts as they do to Winston. Winston is once again a victim of another control. After the regime convicts him of thought crime, Inner Party members question him under glaring lights. It is a mental torture that makes Winston confess to numerous crimes that are serious in the government's point of view. He confesses that he is "a religious believer, an admirer of capitalism, and a sexual pervert." (200) He also confesses that he is a follower of Goldstein and that he murders his wife although his wife is still alive. With the exception of his wife's murder, these confessions are true. In most democracies, none of
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