Essay on Analysis Of George Orwell 's 1984

1232 Words May 15th, 2015 5 Pages
Ronald Reagan once said the government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives. In 1949 George Orwell was extremely disturbed by the potential state of the world with intense government involvement, and expressed his emotional disquiet through writing. In the novel 1984, Orwell portrays an all ruling totalitarian government to indicate that a modern day government similar to the communist and fascist regimes of his time with absolute power is a dismal possibility for the future. With use of the Party’s techniques of control such as: the exploitation of technology, control of information, language used as mind control and psychological manipulation, Orwell warns readers of the dangers of totalitarianism.
Orwell portrays a society where the government abuses technology for its own ends to caution the western world of the hazards of a controlling government. For example, while dimly staring at the telescreen in his flat, Winston gloomily accepts that “there was no way of shutting it off completely” (13). Telescreens are a prominent symbol of the Party’s constant monitoring of its subjects, and also represents how totalitarian governments misuse technology to serve its own purposes. This continuous surveillance is evidence that oppressive government regimes are not ideal options for the future. Furthermore, Winston barely glances at “the police [helicopter patrol], snooping into people’s windows” (14). Winston and other citizens have become so desensitized…

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