The Totalitarian Government : George Orwell 's Controlled, And Brainwashed The People Of Oceania

1581 Words Mar 1st, 2016 7 Pages
People often think they have the ability to change the society they live in, which is true if you’re a part of the government. George Orwell’s novel 1984 shows how this could happen, but also how it couldn’t if you have no authority. George Orwell wrote 1984 in 1949, in reaction to the upcoming totalitarian governments after WWII. Orwell felt that these types of governments were very mind controlling; He wanted to let readers know that these governments only wanted to control what belonged to the citizens, and leave them without any real knowledge. The totalitarian government in Orwell’s novel controlled, and brainwashed the people of Oceania. The totalitarian government, in 1984, control the society through propaganda, technology, and pain. The novel 1984 shows how people’s minds can be manipulated and controlled through propaganda. The government used many techniques to keep the people of Oceania ignorant of the past, and their history. “This process of continuous alteration was applied not only to newspapers, but books, periodicals, pamphlets, posters, leaflets, films, soundtracks, cartoons, photographs- to every kind of literature or documentation which might conceivably hold any political or ideological significance” (Orwell 40). This refers to the process of changing the past, which is Winston’s job. The party being able to change the past, as if it has never happened, shows how they easily manipulate the minds of citizens to keep them ignorant. The party could trick…

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