Theme Of Manipulation And Control In George Orwell's 1984

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In the world people live in today, there many life factors that have significantly contributed to a person’s identity. One’s identity is formed from the influences of people, family, friends to education, novels to even technology and music; “the actions you take, the people you spend time with, and the principles you choose to defend will define your identity” (Hoffman). However, once left in the hands of an oppressor, a person is at risk in losing their sense of individuality. In George Orwell’s 1984, manipulation and control of all aspects of life such as technology, society, and language are visible. Orwell reveals the frightening similarities of his fictional novel and the reality people live in today through his idea of how total control of life eliminates individuality within a society. Firstly, Orwell unveils that the manipulation of technology is one of the ways for one to lose their individuality. For instance, the reader comprehends this through the use of telescreens; an “instrument [that had] no way of shutting off” (Orwell 4) and that “received and transmitted simultaneously” (Orwell 5). Here, readers notice how this device is similar to a security camera. Orwell reveals this device throughout 1984 to not only emphasize Big Brother and the Party’s power, but as well as to help the reader notice how this technology ruins the lives of individuals like Winston. The telescreen is the ultimate reason as to why Julia and Winston were torn apart and tortured until
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