Theme Of Dystopia In 1984

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Government Control of a Dystopian Society in “1984” George Orwell’s 1984 is a novel that warns readers about a change in government and technology that could potentially occur in the future. The main character, Winston is a part of a messed up, twisted society where everything is bad, or a dystopia. The Party are the people who run the government and control the lives of the citizens. They strip away their humanity and turn them into robot-like beings that only live for the government. The Party uses the Thoughtpolice and telescreens to monitor the citizens’ every move permitting them to have no freedom. The citizens’ rights are taken away, such as their ability to have feelings. In 1984, George Orwell demonstrates the idea of a dystopian…show more content…
O’Brien, a member of the party, says to Winston, “Never again will you be capable of love, or friendship, or joy of living, or laughter, or curiosity, or courage or integrity. You will be hollow. We shall squeeze you empty, then we shall fill you with ourselves,” (Orwell 256). O’Brien is saying that the citizens’ only purpose of living is for the Party. The Party’s several restrictions is what causes the society to be a dystopia; especially the restriction of love. No love shall be felt for anyone other than Big Brother, (Parascandola). If one were to break this law, it would be considered Thoughtcrime. There is also Facecrime which is the act of having an “inappropriate” facial expression. Committing either one of these crimes results in imprisonment. In other words, if one demonstrates love or any other type of emotion, he or she will be sent to jail. This is an important factor that illustrates how the society is messed up and dystopian. For example, Winston married a woman who was hollowed out by the Party. Marriages are only permitted if the couple expresses no form of attraction to one another. Katherine, the name of Winston’s wife, considers sex a duty to the Party, (Parascandola). When Winston and Katherine had sex, she was uncomfortable and it was a terrible experience for Winston. She could not get pregnant, so she and Winston separated. The citizens must have sex in order to create new Party members. Enjoyment or pleasure during intercourse is prohibited. It is only done for the purpose of the population. Having sex and being fond of it can easily be found out due to telescreens. All of the government’s knowledge of the citizens’ behavior and commitage of Thoughtcrime comes from telescreens. Telescreens are placed in every home and every place, so if feelings are shown the person who expresses it is immediately
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