Individuality In 1984 By George Orwell's 1984
In 1984 by George Orwell, Big Brother makes laws forcing the repression of natural instinct, which greatly impacts the citizens individuality, showing how stifling natural impulses has huge consequences.
Big Brother is watching at all times, so you have to hide all emotion, making it highly improbable for one to feel natural instinct. Winston said at the beginning of the book “You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every moment scrutinized” (2) The Party ensured that it was nearly impossible to hide from them. Through a telescreen placed in the home of each Party member propaganda in support of the Party is consistently playing and, through a reverse feed, the Party is constantly spying and all of their people both through vision and sound. Since they are always being watched and brain washed, it becomes …show more content…
The Party wants to abolish any need for emotional and physical relationships, that includes family, wife/husband, and even friend. Winston expresses this when saying “The Party was trying to kill the sex instinct, or, if it could not be killed, then to distort it and dirty it. He did not know why this was so, but it seemed natural that it should be so. And as far as the women were concerned, the Party 's efforts were largely successful.” (9) The Party has attempted to completely take away the natural need for sex. Every species has a yearning for sex in order to reproduce, taking away that craving completely changes the way humans minds are wired, implying that Big Brother wants to change the human race. In agreement Winston says “As soon as he touched her she seemed to wince and stiffen. To embrace her was like embracing a jointed wooden image. And what was strange was that even when she was clasping him against her he had the feeling that she was simultaneously pushing him away with all her strength. The rigidity of her muscles managed to convey that impression. She would lie there with shut eyes, neither resisting nor co-operating but submitting. It was extraordinarily embarrassing, and, after a while, horrible. But even then he could have borne living with her if it had been agreed that they should remain celibate. But curiously enough it was Katharine who refused this. They must, she said, produce a child if they