The Foundations Of Totalitarianism In 1984 By George Orwell

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Garrett Ruch
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19 September 2017 “The ideal set up by the Party was something huge, terrible and glittering-a world of steel and concrete of monstrous machines and terrifying weapons-a nation of warriors and fanatics, marching toward a perfect unity.” (Orwell, 77) The novel 1984 by George Orwell is a fictitious prose detailing a totalitarian government ruling over the country of Oceania. The quote provides a vivid image of what totalitarianism looks like. Totalitarianism is generally viewed as a Fascist or Socialist government, controlled by one supreme dictator, oppressing a given people. The view is a common misconception. It is incorrect because it deals with merely a piece of Totalitarianism as opposed to the whole philosophy. Totalitarianism, as defined by the Miriam-Webster Dictionary, “The political concept that a person should be totally subject to an absolute state of authority” (Dictionary by Miriam-Webster). Totalitarianism dates to 280 B.C. during the Qin dynasty in China (Mastin). The regime was ruled by Prime Minister Li Si and was credited to helping unify China. During this period in Chinese history literature was burned, political activities were restricted, and scholars who stood against the governments ideals were put to death (Mastin). As totalitarianism developed throughout history those basic three actions proved to be common, if not a component, of totalitarian rules. Also, it developed into a

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