George Orwell 's Nineteen Eighty- Four Essay

1260 Words Nov 12th, 2014 6 Pages
Government Totalitarianism in Nineteen Eighty-Four Is living in a society with minimal expression enjoyable? In the novel Nineteen Eighty- Four, by George Orwell, the protagonist, Winston Smith, lives in fear as he struggles to express his hatred towards the government. The government’s totalitarianism prevents citizens from revolting against them. The Party eliminates freedom from Outer Party members to decrease the threat of turning against the government. Furthermore, they eliminate those who are rebellious in order to maintain authority. Lastly, they eliminate the ability for citizens to sustain relationships, so that alliances against The Party struggle to collaborate. In order to prevent Outer Party members from rebelling against The Party, higher officials within The Party eliminate their freedom. Outer Party members are continually being monitored by telescreens and the Thought Police, looking for any sign indicating a rebellious act against The Party. Winston observes that “the telescreens receive and transmit long as he remains within the field of vision which the mental plaque commands, he could be seen as well as heard”(Orwell 4). This allows “Big Brother [to] always watch [everyone]” (3). Outer Party members have no ability to turn off the telescreens, or refuse being under constant surveillance, therefore making it difficult to revolt against The Party. If citizens know they are always watched, it provokes fear in them to revolt, so they…

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