George Orwell 's Novel, 1984 Essay

1181 Words Jun 13th, 2016 5 Pages
Dystopian societies were once perceived to be just a fictional genre. However, it has become apparent that dystopias are now becoming an actuality. Present-day Cuba exemplifies a corrupt society, similar to the one displayed in George Orwell’s novel, 1984. Orwell’s story presents a society where the government, the Party, has complete control over its citizens. The main character, Winston, questions the Party’s motives and is determined to find the truth and overthrow the government. Cuba and the fictional society portrayed in 1984 share similar dystopian characteristics including using propaganda to control society’s citizens, restricting information, independent thought, and freedom, and keeping the citizens under constant surveillance.
First, Cuba, similar to the Party, uses propaganda to control the citizens of society. “The government televised a series of propaganda “documentaries” to besmirch the reputation of the Damas de Blanco, independent bloggers, and freemasons, among others. The programs featured footage of private meetings including in bedrooms and hotel rooms, taken without the participant 's knowledge and used without their consent” (“CUBA”). The way in which the Cuban government is acting is similar to the Party in 1984. Along with recording citizens without their consent, the Party and Cuba both used propaganda to slander opponents - such as Damas de Blanco in Cuba and Eurasia in the novel.
With 1984, the Party had been giving false information to the…

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