Essay Analysis Of George Orwell 's Nineteen Eighty Four

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Symbols in Nineteen Eighty-Four that Show Government Oppression Nineteen Eighty-Four was written by George Orwell in 1949. He wrote this book immediately after the Second World War and during the Cold War. The circumstances in which he wrote this book have influenced the plot. In the story there are three superpowers, Oceania, Eurasia and Eastasia, which are constantly are war with each other. They refrain from using nuclear warfare as they know that it will only weaken their own government. Instead they use war as a way to manipulate the people. The Party monitors every citizen of Oceania through telescreens. Telescreens enable the government to watch what someone is doing and they can also tell them what to do through the telescreens. Another way the government controls the people is by controlling the language. Even though English is the most common language in Oceania, the official language is Newspeak. The ultimate goal of this language is to minimize the number of words used and for the words to have a straightforward meaning. The last, and most significant, way in which the government manipulates the people is through Big Brother. He is the leader of the country and everyone is to love him but mainly he raises fear in everyone. The government in Nineteen Eight-Four controls the people through the use of technology, language and fear. Orwell uses symbols such as the telescreens, Newspeak and Big Brother to comment on the importance of the government in the world in…

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