Freedom And Privacy In George Orwell's 1984

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lMiya Dean
Mrs.French
British literature
November 10, 2017 Privacy in 1984
The book Nineteen Eighty-Four is filled with intensity , love, and manipulation but also has something greater than what's listed . Nineteen Eighty-Four created a way for people to imagine a possible future , one that throughout the years became a reality . One reality is that personal space is not allowed in the novel 1984. Every person is being watched through the thought police , their peers and family , big brother ,and the party . the constant surveillance prevents a person from expressing themselves and society from acting as a whole.
Winston, the main character , other characters and Oceania, where
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Whether it be the Thought Police, the Party, and even Big Brother, citizens are being watched and listened to. From the beginning of the book “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU” (Orwell 3) suggests there is constant observation which creates this fear throughout the story. The reader comes to understand this after learning there are surveillance cameras as well as microphones hidden in the popular mentioned television screens. The television screens are described to look like dimmed mirrors but they can also be used as a listening device for the Party. These television screens are located at any location including in your room, the hallway, at work, in the streets, and even in the bathroom stalls. In addition to the many telescreens, they are extremely sensitive. Throughout the book the telescreens are said to be so sensitive that “even a back can be revealing” (Orwell 5) or that “your worst enemy, […], was your own nervous system. At any moment the tension inside you was liable to translate itself into some visible symptom” (Orwell 67). Although the telescreens cannot watch at night, the microphones would also become extremely sensitive and if “you could not control the beating of your heart, […] the telescreen was quite delicate enough to pick it up” (Orwell 82). When Winston and Julia finally escape the city to the …show more content…
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