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What Is The Theme Of Privacy In 1984 By George Orwell

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When one walks out the front door into the world, how aware and conscious are they of how often they are watched, tracked, and monitored? In George Orwell’s novel 1984 personal privacy and space is never granted throughout the novel. Every person is always subject to observation, even by their own family members and friends. Orwell’s novel portrays a totalitarian dystopian world where there is no freedom and citizens are being brainwashed constantly. The politicians in the novel halt people’s thinking and eliminate their freedom by creating fear through propaganda, strict laws, and constant surveillance. Symbolism, mood, and imagery are used to convey the theme that the government took away the freedom and privacy of citizens. In the novel, mood is used to convey the theme that the government is superior and terminates the people’s privacy. “Freedom is slavery when the concept of freedom has been abolished” (Orwell 53). In the future Winston predicts that the literature of the party will change, different versions of Newspeak will change and there will be no knowledge…show more content…
Oceanians are used to living in a constant state of surveillance either through technology or police patrol. “In the far distance a helicopter skimmed down between the roofs, hovered for an instant like a bluebottle, and darted away again with a curving flight. It was the police patrol, snooping into people’s windows” (Orwell 2). “The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper would be picked up by it” (Orwell 3). Orwell’s description of the telescreen and its role in monitoring and brainwashing the society on behalf of the thought police provides an image of a totalitarian government preventing the free expression of thought. The party’s surveillance tactics and technology are so advanced that even the smallest twitch can betray a rebellious
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