Essay about Orwell 's Fourth Amendment Of The United States Constitution

1327 Words Nov 17th, 2016 6 Pages
According to the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause…” Yet, in the United States at this very moment, the government is collecting information on everyone who makes any kind of call, sends any kind of email, plays any kind of video game, or owns any kind of computer. They are in people’s houses without actually having a need to be there. This collection of information is unlawful and unconstitutional, violating exactly what the government is supposed to uphold – the Constitution. One can see the same thing happening to the citizens of Oceania in George Orwell’s novel 1984 – they are under constant observation by the government. When people find out they are being watched at all times, they cannot enjoy themselves in fear of breaking a law, and they may not try as hard in other endeavors in fear of being persecuted. In the novel 1984, Orwell shows that on the occasion of a society lacking privacy, people will lose their will to attempt to enjoy themselves and achieve excellence, and instead, only attempt to survive, causing a paralysis of progression in the society. Orwell shows throughout his novel that when someone is constantly being watched, their main objective becomes survival. As George Orwell states many times, “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU,” (2). The…

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