The Quest For Power By George Orwell Essay

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The quest for power, often times, drives people to commit unthinkable acts. In George Orwell’s novel 1984, the Party’s unstoppable desire to obtain absolute power is manifested in surveillance – Surreptitious and Panoptical, Newspeak, propaganda, and thought crime. Orwell writes about Winston Smith, a small, quiet man living in a repressive totalitarian nation called Oceania. Throughout the novel the protagonist, Winston, who struggles to defy the laws set by the Party, ultimately conforms to save his life. In the political novel, 1984, George Orwell warns readers of the potential danger of government and leaders with power because of their ability to manipulate and control people.
Technology is useful and powerful, however as shown in 1984, when misused, it can be a destructive weapon of mass control. In 1984, Orwell creates a world in which the government controls the people through constant surveillance. The “Thought Police” observe the people through surveillance devices such as microphones, helicopters, and telescreens. These forms of inspection provide control over every movement, word, and thought, giving the Party more control over the people, “You had to live – you did live, from habit that became instinct – in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard and except in darkness, every movement scrutinized” (3). The dystopia that the Party created through the lack of freedom of emotions, words, movements, and actions insures that…

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