Essay on George Orwell 's Novel, 1984

1769 Words Mar 6th, 2015 8 Pages
George Orwell’s novel, 1984, depicts a dystopian society completely commanded by a totalitarian government, called the Party, through psychologically manipulative tactics. The Party is separated into two classes, the higher ranking Inner Party, who operates directly under a mysterious figurehead known as, Big Brother, and, the Outer Party, composed of intelligent, but uninformed citizens working for the Inner Party, generally unaware of the power Big Brother has over them. In order to maintain control over the citizens of the nation of Oceania, Big Brother and the Inner Party use various psychologically manipulative tactics, including, indoctrination, propaganda, threats, torture, surveillance and fear, to maintain virtually complete control over their ignorant citizens, the Proletariats, or Proles, and the Outer Party. The novel’s adamantly rebellious protagonist, Winston Smith, is a member of the Outer Party, merely an uninformed employee, yet he sees through the manipulation, and develops rare feelings of hatred towards Big Brother. Throughout the novel, Winston analyzes the effectiveness of the Party’s evil tactics, but ultimately becomes an example of their undeniable effectiveness by succumbing to the Party’s most powerful tactic of all: fear.
The Psychological control the Party possesses over the Proletariats is in part by filling their minds with thoughts of the Party, and subsequently eliminating much of their individuality. This brainwashing is achieved through…

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