The Beliefs Of A Totalitarian Society In 1984 By George Orwell

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1984 by George Orwell is a dystopian novel that was first published in 1949. The story was meant to serve as a prediction of the future and was Orwell’s way of warning against dictators and a totalitarian society. Totalitarianism is “a form of rule in which the government attempts to maintain 'total ' control over society, including all aspects of the public and private lives of its citizens” ("Totalitarianism”). The main character is Winston Smith and the book tells his story through a third-person perspective. In the novel 1984 by George Orwell the actions and beliefs of the Party symbolizes a totalitarian society and Winston is displayed as the only open opposition. “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU” (Orwell, 1) is the simple yet effective …show more content…
“The family could not totally be abolished, and, indeed people were encouraged to be fond of their children in almost the old-fashioned way. The children, on the other hand, were systematically turned against their parents and taught to spy on them and report their deviations. The family had become in effect an extension of the Thought Police” (Orwell, 118). As the adults in Oceania were deemed the most likely to have anti-party thoughts and were the ones being arrested for thought crime Big Brother turned his attention to the children, who were the future in his society and his chance to get rid of any and all possible enemies. Even blood relatives would treat each other with suspicion allowing the Party to control every aspect of life with someone always watching every move and judging every thought. Children were turned into a more vigilant version of the telescreens. “No one trusts anyone else completely” (Stanley, vol. …show more content…
“History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right” (Orwell, 137). Newspapers were constantly being edited as to make sure the right “facts” appeared to the public and even once they had been distributed they were still changed in the archives so if they ever needed to be referenced the Party was not incorrect with a statement. “This process of continued alteration was applied not only to newspapers, but to books, periodicals, pamphlets, posters, leaflets, films, soundtracks, cartoons, photographs- to any kind of literature or documentation which might conceivably hold any political or ideological significance” (Orwell, 35). Nothing really is what it seems and nothing is set in stone except that Big Brother is in control. The people do not have a problem with the constant changes but instead carry on without batting an eye. They are desensitised and trained to accept everything because the Party controls every aspect of their

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