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The Loss Of Individuality In 1984 By George Orwell

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In the novel 1984 by George Orwell, the totalitarian government is adamant that all citizens not only follow its policies, but wholeheartedly agree with them. In order to maintain his individuality and avoid the Thought Police, Winston lies about his allegiance to the government and his beliefs and thoughts. He learns that his lies are weak and shallow after he is caught, and he eventually realizes the true power of his lies when he deceives himself. The totalitarian government Orwell presents encourages deception as a means of survival, increasing the government’s power when the citizens are eventually driven to lie to themselves. As the Party grows stronger and individuality crumbles, Orwell displays the loss of humanity as a result of a government built on deception. The threats and pressures from the totalitarian government he lives under drive Winston to deceive those around him as an act of self-preservation. Early in the novel, Winston pretends to wholeheartedly agree with everyone around him during the Ten Minutes Hate. He yells and screams to give the appearance that he is compliant with the Party’s guidelines and principles, but inwardly he questions the existence of Goldstein and the rebels and wonders if they are truly as evil as the Party claims. Winston can sense that he is different from the others and he does not want to fall into robotic submission, so he uses his contradictory thoughts as a sort of quiet rebellion. He values his individuality and personal
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