The Consequences Of Living With A Totalitarian Government In George Orwell's 1984

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1984

The consequences of living with a totalitarian government has never been so clear before, having privacy is no longer a right you have. In the novel 1984, English novelist and journalist George Orwell, illustrates the alarming abusive nature of a totalitarian government, but even more so it 's penetrating analysis of the psychology of power and the ways that manipulation of language and history are used as mechanisms of control. Throughout the eye-catching novel, the author attempts to show what life would be like in a world of total evil, where those controlling the government kept themselves in power by mesmerizing the people generally. Winston Smith, an everyday man, is dissatisfied with how the political party conducts,
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The Protagonist, Winston Smith is a low-ranking member of the ruling party in London, in the nation of Oceania. Unfortunately, Oceania is controlled by the nemesis "The Party." The Party has control of everything, they control the past, present, and future. Orwell early on sets a setting for the story, the reader gets to fully understand what it is like to live during those times. Oceania is not the only country in existence, Eastasia and Eurasia controlled separately by their governments. Orwell describes the book as a novel, fictional characters and the events that are arranged as a long narrative. Through Winston story, Orwell expresses the most powerful warnings ever issued against the dangers of a totalitarian society. In places such as the Soviet Union and Germany, the danger of an absolute political authority in an age of advanced technology were present. Orwell is allowed though the novel to create the worst society imaginable, to convince the readers to avoid any path that might lead toward such social degradation. Orwell 's vision of a post-atomic dictatorship in which every person would be monitored by ceaselessly by means of the tele-screen seemed terrifyingly possible. Of course, the world that Orwell envisioned in 1984 did not …show more content…
Through the book, I was able to understand what Orwell was warning people about, a totalitarian government. The purpose of the book was to warn readers in the west of the dangers of totalitarian government. Orwell wrote 1984 before this time period, he was sounding alarms in Western nations still unsure about how to approach communism. The title of the novel says it all, the title is supposed to warn its reader that the world described in the book might become realization if totalitarian is not opposed. Some variation of the world described in the novel could become reality in only 35 years, a 35 year difference from 1949 and 1984. Orwell portrays a state in which the government monitors and controls every aspect of human life to the extent that even having a disloyal thought is against the law. The book also identifies how the Party can control its citizens, through psychological manipulation, physical control, and control of information and history. The giant tele-screen in every citizen 's room blasts a constant stream of propaganda while it also monitors the citizen 's behavior also. In addition to manipulating minds, the party also controls the bodies of its subject. The Party constantly watches for any signs of disloyalty, to the point that even a tiny facial twitch could lead to an

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