Dystopia Themes

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In ¨ Someone Might Be Watching- An Introduction to Dystopian Fiction¨ they state common dystopian themes. Dystopian societies are often like funhouse mirrors the magnify problems. The key to a dystopian societies is by first doing that. Most dystopian societies are described as wastelands that are controlled completely by people higher up. One common theme is surveillance and government. This theme eradicates freedom and independence. Technology creates the possibility that someone may always be watching you. Dystopian societies also show lying and misinformation. Characters such as Hunger games are told misinformation about other districts. Usually, the tell misinformation so that the characters feel safe and believe what the higher beings …show more content…
The telescreen is a device that listens and sees you at any time and they can speak to you through it also. The telescreen is also controlled by the party. Another form of this is the helicopters that go down to the level of houses and peer in. This causes no privacy and eradicates freedom and independence. Also the parents in Oceania are also watched by their children. Children are obligated to report their parents to the thought police if they see any suspicious behavior. George Orwell shows misinformation in 1984 in many ways. One of them is The Ministry Of Truth, which is where Winston works. The Ministry´s job is making sure no one knows any information of the party and stop the leak of information. This machine makes sure everything is safe for the party such as the rations of sweets to changing the loyalty of a person. This lets the party completely take over without any problems. This machine can change hatred for the so called enemies of the party to a loyalty in seconds. As one of the characters O´brien states it the Ministry of Truth has such a grasp on everything that it ¨ the machine constitutes what is reality.¨ There is a catastrophic lack of individuality in the 1984. Everyone is the exact …show more content…
Love and sexuality is an example. In Oceania the party takes all sensation of love and takes away sex to such a level, it is the party's job to impregnate women or insemination. To have independent thoughts is a crime. The party has the thought police to make them think and talk ¨ duckspeak¨ as it is called by many. When Winston is tortured by O'brien he says ¨ that he is a man, and because he is a man O'Brien cannot tell him what he thinks.¨ O'brien retorts ¨that if he is a man he is the last man on earth.¨ Orien thinks that his independence means insanity and begins to torture him with carnivorous rats. When Winston pledges his loyalty to the brotherhood, it means he will do anything they say, even if it meant murdering someone. He starts developing a romantic relationship with this woman named Julia. WInston is loyal to the brotherhood but is also loyal to Julia. This is a crime. Party members are only loyal to the brotherhood, the party and Oceania. No personal relationships are allowed. The lack of individuality is important to the Party because independent thoughts may cause a

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