The Essential Point Of Nineteen Eighty Four Essay

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"The essential point of Nineteen Eighty-Four is just this, the danger of the ultimate and absolute power which mind can develop when it frees itself from conditions, from the bondage of things and history" (Trilling 74-75). As Lionel Trilling exquisitely expresses, 1984 by George Orwell is simply a story of ultimate power and control that spawns from the freedom of the past and reality, which is then manipulated by a higher power. To act upon this desire, the Party must use many different techniques to control their people. Thought manipulation serves as the key component of power control in Oceania as exhibited by the Thought Police, the Ministry of Truth, and the Party’s defiance of natural tendencies, for without control, the Party system would collapse.
The Thought Police of Oceania manipulate the population’s mind through constant surveillance and lack of true law, which creates an atmosphere of terror and unknowingness, a vital part of Oceania’s drive for authority. Since his early days, Winston has dreamed of “a life outside the confines of the Party and the watchful eyes of Big Brother, a life which may undermine or even overthrow the Party 's hold on Oceania" (Fitzpatrick). His aspirations to undermine and even overthrow Big Brother ignite a spark of rebellion inside Winston; however, his fear of the Party continues to shine through, representing their overarching supremacy. As Winston states, “You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the…

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