Characteristics Of Humanity And The Attempted Destruction Essay

1002 Words Apr 14th, 2015 5 Pages
Characteristics of Humanity and the attempted destruction in 1894 Society Human beings are unique creatures with the ability to love, understand, form opinions, and create a complex social structure among many other traits. In the Novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, the author tests the limit of humanity. Based in a society that aims to eradicate the humanity of its citizens, the government that is referred to as ‘the Party’ attempts to abolish characteristics of humanity that make control over humans difficult such as a complex social structure and manipulate and take advantage of characteristics that make it easier such as self-preservation.
One of the main traits that makes humans so successful and has allowed them to thrive throughout history is the ability to create and maintain a complex social structure. In the third book of the novel when O’Brien, a thought police spy, tortures Winston Smith with his worst fear, he aims to break the emotional bond between people. If this bond is destroyed the people will turn their natural instincts of love to Big Brother, and they would become exceedingly loyal to him. For example,
The family could not actually be abolished, and, indeed, people were encouraged to be fond of their children, in almost the old-fashioned way. The children, on the other hand, were systematically turned against their parents and taught to spy on them and report their deviations. The family had become in effect an extension of the Thought…

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