The Dystopian Society in George Orwell's Novel 1984 Essay
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“WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.” Part 1,Chapter 1,pg. 6. These three principles were repeatedly emphasized throughout the book and helped lay the foundation of the dystopian society George Orwell imagined in his novel 1984. Fear, manipulation, and control were all encompassed throughout this dystopian society set in the distant future. The freedom to express ones thoughts was no longer acceptable and would not be tolerated under any circumstances. Humankind was rapidly transforming into a corrupt and evil state of mind. Even though many of Orwell’s ideas in his novel 1984 seemed completely fictional, several of the concepts throughout his book have a common link to today’s society. For instance in the same way…show more content…
Another similarity between the book 1984 and our society today is the process of doublethink, which is defined as the power to accept two completely contradictory beliefs. In the novel 1984, O’brien wants Winston to believe that 2+2=5, but Winston is resistant and in his mind knows that 2+2=4. In the same way, elementary students are being taught that Christopher Columbus was a hero, but as we learn later on, there is more to the truth than what we were being told. To some extent, today’s society resembles the disturbing world of 1984. Our generation should not repeat the same mistakes as the past, but learn from them. George Orwell used quite a bit of symbolism in his novel 1984 to convey to the reader a deeper understanding of the stories context. For example, the paperweight that Winston purchases in the antique shop represents the delicate little world that Winston and Julia have created for each other. Orwell states, "The coral was Julia's life and his own, fixed in a sort of eternity in the heart of the crystal." When they were alone, it created a small world of love, comfort, and protection. Another example of symbolism is the idea of Goldstein, the enemy of Oceania, being a Jew. Orwell relates the society of 1984 to the Nazi party who were also anti-Semitic and responsible for all the bad and evil things in the country. This literary device played a key role in helping me interpret the
This essay is about how Big Brother controls society in 1984.
This is an essay about Big Brother's methods of control in the novel 1984 by George Orwell.
George Orwell, or Eric Blair, was a political writer prominent in the post WWII era who opposed the rise of totalitarian states. In the novel 1984, he created a dystopian society where the people are stripped of their humanity and the individual does not exist. The story takes place in a fictional country called Oceania, where the ruling Party and its leader, Big Brother, seeks absolute power over its people. To achieve this, they implement physical and mental restrictions, surveillance, propaganda, and degradation of language to gain control of the people's minds.
The Party restricts the physical freedom by enforcing the Physical Jerks, controlling the supply of food, and prohibiting the sexual freedom of its subjects. The Physical Jerks is a daily morning routine where everyone is forced to perform a series of difficult exercises in order to stay fit. But given that they have to work endlessly for the Party, this forced exertion is only an additional method to keep the people worn out.
The Party restricts the physical freedom by enforcing the Physical Jerks, controlling the supply of food, and prohibiting the sexual freedom of its subjects. The Physical Jerks is a compulsory morning routine where everyone is forced to perform a series of difficult exercises, in order to stay fit, after woken up painfully by an ear-piercing alarm from the telescreen. But given that they have to work endlessly for the Party, this forced exertion is only an additional method to keep the people worn out. Throughout the book, Winston (the main character in the book) and workers at the Minitruth frequently drink Victory Gin and smoke cigarettes, while the government cuts chocolate and other food rations. The Party uses the war to control the economy, using it as an excuse to justify the poor living conditions that the people lived in. Except for the Ministry buildings, most of the city are destroyed and lies in ruin. There is only one way that one can carry out sexual activities: to produce a child for the Party. Winston's wife even refers to this as their "duty to the Party".