Analysis Of George Orwell 's 1984 Essay

1328 Words Feb 8th, 2016 6 Pages
In modern times, many people can take their freedom for granted as others around the world suffer under oppression. One who is free may ask how a communistic government can survive in modern times. In 1984, one of the earliest well-known dystopian novels, the answer is demonstrated through citizen life in the multi-continental government called Oceania. The government, known as the Party, knows that its only way to survive is through the approval of every citizen under their control. In George Orwell’s 1984, the totalitarianistic government keeps all its citizens psychologically manipulated through the Party’s use of technology, their “successful” attempts to exterminate the past, and the breaking of close personal ties.
The use of technology is not only for purposes of propaganda, but also for surveillance. The government uses telescreens, television-like devices, to transmit propaganda to the citizen and the citizen to the Party itself. Through this piece of technology the government can overhear anything said and see any actions. “Behind Winston’s back the voice from the telescreen was still babbling away about pig iron and the overfulfillment of the Ninth here-Year plan. Any sound Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, could be picked up by it; moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plate commanded, he could be seen as well as heard” (Orwell 40). The lack of privacy in one’s own home due to the telescreens is a major…

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