George Orwell's Big Brother And Stalin

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In George Orwell’s novel 1984, the super-nation of Oceania is run by the Party, who has an overwhelming desire for power. The main goal of the Party is to create a new governmental system in which they control all means of life and make unorthodox thoughts impossible. The class system is divided into three tiers: the Inner Party, the Outer Party, and the proles. Specifically, the proles make up eighty-five percent of the population of Oceania, and, unlike the Party members, they are uncensored and allowed to break certain rules that Party members are not allowed to break. The proles are highly unaware of what is really going on; they keep believing what the Party is feeding them without question. The Party claimed, of course, to have liberated …show more content…
Both Big Brother and Stalin show similar traits, and both leaders succeeded in running their government. In 1984, Big Brother was Oceania’s most beloved individual. The Ministry of Truth existed to rewrite history to fit their needs, and the Thought Police were always on their toes looking out for those who might oppose the Party. Those who were caught disobeying the Party were either vaporized, sent to the Ministry of Love, or sent to a forced labor camp. These are all things that Joseph Stalin did while reigning over the Soviet …show more content…
However, with a large enough group of people, an overthrow of a government might be successful. In 1984, the proles make up almost eighty-five percent of the population (Orwell 25), and could most likely succeed in taking over the Inner Party. The Inner Party only made up about two percent of the population of Oceania. But ever since Big Brother came into power, the proles never even thought about attempting to rebel. Even Winston himself says, “If there is hope, it lies with the proles” (Orwell 25). Yet, as the book progresses, Winston changes his view on the proles completely when he is undergoing his treatment at the Ministry of Love. O’Brien says, “‘The proletarians will never revolt, not in a thousand years or a million. They cannot. [...] There is no way in which the Party can be overthrown. The rule of the Party is forever’” (Orwell 212). In reality, the proles are nothing but helpless. The Party allows them to do what they please because they know they will never even think about rebelling against them. This allows the Party to focus more on obtaining more power and building a stronger government rather than spend their time watching the proles every move. The Party focus more on perfecting the Outer Party member’s minds and making them truly love Big Brother because they are the people who are not as easily manipulated as the

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