Essay about Analysis Of The Book ' 1984 ' By George Orwell

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According to O’Brien in George Orwell’s 1984 (1949), “Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.” (Orwell p.34) In the novel Orwell reveals that the citizens of Oceania have a very short memory, and are willing to believe anything that the Party tells them. The Party has complete control of everything in the present, enabling it to control the way people think about and determine the past. The art of brainwashing and mind games are common threads in the masterminds of evil and deceit in multiple periods of time during history, including the Cultural Revolution in China in 1966 when children were used as a weapon to control the future. There are parallels between the real life situation of the Cultural Revolution and the fictional Oceana in the novel, 1984, in which it is clear that big brother is watching. During the Cultural Revolution in China, Mao Zedong began a movement to transform Chinese culture from a middle-class, feudal society to a socialist state. Mao wanted to transform the Chinese culture through the Cultural Revolution and to rid the country of the old ways; his goal was to remove capitalism. Mao sought to pit the youth of the country against the officials, who he distrusted and others in authority. He also was highly suspicious of intellectuals. He knew educated people could think for themselves and therefore could undermine his plan. Mao also sought to eradicate religion because if the people had no belief…

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