Impact Of Security Threats On George Orwell 's Nineteen Eighty Four

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Impact and treatment of security threats in Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four”

International Security


Maxence Michaud-Daniel

George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four” dystopia not only served as a critic of totalitarian regimes but also as a “How to ensure security to sovereignty for dummies”. Indeed, Orwell’s masterpiece evokes all characteristics of totalitarian regime pushed to its extreme in order to fully control its people and assure total security in order to preserve full sovereignty and avoid any revolt against its power. In order to prevent from any security threats, the government of Oceania, or the “Party”, used five methods of control of the population. The first one was to impose a war mentality to its people, followed by a sexual oppression (or even castration). Thirdly, Surveillance of its people served as a main tool in order to treat its security threats for Oceania’s totalitarian government. And finally, the invention of a new or shortened vocabulary in its language, the “Newspeak”, and a philosophical and mental alteration of the past served as main cultural and philosophical tools to control the population’s thinking and acting. These methods prove to be successful for Oceania’s regime, unlike its impact on the “almost enslaved population”.

Like a despotic state, the “Party” encourages a war mentality, especially amongst the party members. Although some of these members know that most information given on war by the party is false,…

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