The Fall Of Society In 1984, By George Orwell

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The world we live in is far from perfect. Societies are constantly rising and falling, because the perfect government has not yet been discovered. It is nearly impossible to appease every citizen in a society, though many leaders have attempted to do so in the past. A strong government must have complete control and a way to catch every curveball thrown at it. The falling of a society is usually due to elements that the government cannot control. There is one government so far in which all strong qualities are apparent, a society so strong that nothing can take it down; it is a society constructed to warn readers about the dangers of such an indestructible government. In George Orwell’s 1984, he has created a society so strong that it will …show more content…
Every member of the society has their place and must carry out his or her duty to the government to allow life to continue running smoothly. In 1984, the government allowed the people to taste freedom, for “…nothing was illegal, since there were no longer any laws…” (Orwell 6). The Big Brother has to allow the people to feel as if they control their lives, yet not give them enough freedom to want more. By taking away their freedom completely, the Big Brother ensures that the crime will stop. Since laws have all been abolished, thought crime has been established to restore some kind of order to the people. Thought crime is the act of thinking unorthodox thoughts, especially thoughts against the Big Brother. Due to the Ministry of Love, crimes such as theft and murder have been halted almost altogether, so thought crime is the only main criminal activity taking place. The Ministry of Love is the only motivation the people need to stay out of trouble. It “…is the really frightening [ministry]. There were no windows in it at all…it was a place impossible to enter except on official business, and then only by penetrating through a maze of barbed-wire entanglements, steel doors, and hidden machine-gun nests…” (Orwell 5). The Ministry of Love oversees the brainwashing of unorthodox members of the society, before reintroducing them to the rest of the population. It is where the torture occurs, where the actions carried out are so horrendous that they are not imaginable, not even in one’s worst nightmare. If this is not motivation enough, then perhaps nothing

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