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The Perception Of The Mind In George Orwell's 1984

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There are some words that remain relevant through time. The past, the present and the future is a product of human nature, and so it becomes evident that at times, our present is a dark echo of the past, and the past a predictor of the future. Orwell’s 1984 is an example of one of these pieces of literature, rising to popularity with every law, proposition, and occurrence that draws a parallel to that of Oceania (Neary; Abramson). In Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, a totalitarian government led by an entity known as Big Brother utilizes various techniques including Doublethink, continuous surveillance, torture, and manipulation in order to yield a society of unquestioning individuals. Decades past 1984, the piece still speaks directly to the people of today in various ways. Through themes including technology, psychological manipulation and the dangers of ignorance, Orwell strikes a conversation with his future readers that leave them thinking that Oceania is like a world that they know all too well. The word “technology” often conjures images of sleek and shiny devices which make life simpler, but it too can lead to dreadful consequences. “Reality is inside the skull” (Orwell, 218), making advances in bioengineering, particularly advances in neurobiology at the center of questioning. The mind can be manipulated directly by interfering with bio-molecular mechanisms. Already, experiments with mice are being held by Todd Sacktor and his team at the Weizmann Institute of
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