1984: A Dystopian Society

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Not once have their been a modernized utopia being established because it simply cannot happen. A Lot of factors go into a potential utopia for it to look more like a dystopia from the outside looking in. In general, a utopia is a society that has banded together under the same ideas and have a naturally perfect system that keeps it running. Every utopia challenges the ideas of what is right by opposing others way of seeing their perfect world. When natural rights never see the light of day from these “dystopias”, that is where a dystopia arises from. A dystopian society comes about when people stop paying attention to the morals of their perfect world and let it just be consumed by the reality of dehumanization. The dehumanization and constant …show more content…
All of the rules and restrictions placed by the government account for the constant theme of dehumanization seen throughout the novel. The idea of the ‘thought police’, which are the secret police force trained to read the minds of the Oceanians, keeps the citizens from even thinking about committing any sort of taboo. This is made clear when Winston said, “Sometimes, they threaten you with something – something you can’t even think about. And then you say, “Don’t do it to me, do it to someone else”…” (Orwell 295). The entire country has been brainwashed to think only of the government’s positive reinforcements, and not of their controlling motives. They restrict any real type of intimate relationships between people because you could contract feelings and now you think for yourselves, and not how the government wants you to. The same type of utopian faux can be seen in the short story Harrison Bergeron where people were forced to be handicapped if they were more or less equal than someone else. In this society, “They were burdened with sashweights and bags of birdshot, and their faces were masked, so that no one, seeing a free and graceful gesture or a pretty face, would feel like something the cat drug in” (Vonnegut). The citizens are taught to think that everyone being equal is what they are fighting for, but in reality, it is just unnecessary handicapping while a select few stay in control. Having a society in which the citizens and the outside inhabitants view as a utopia is nearly impossible because of the implication of dehumanization throughout almost every

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