Totalitarianism In The Novel 1984 By George Orwell

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“The past was dead, the future was unimaginable” (Orwell, 26). With total power over everyone’s mind, What the government wants is for people to say things that may not make sense, but they say it because they are forced to believe it, not because they do not want to get in trouble. In the novel 1984, George Orwell’s message to the reader was how the idea of totalitarianism can quickly take over the society due to the government’s actions. Dystopia, “ is a community or society that is undesirable or frightening”.(https://www.google.ca/?ion=1&espv=2#q=dystopian). The Protagonist Winston faces many obstacles in the novel 1984 by George Orwell, Winston lives in a perfect example of a dystopia where everyone is brainwashed through the influence …show more content…
In any case, the face of Big Brother symbolizes the Party in its public manifestation. To most people, he is a form of reassurance or protection but, can also be considered as a threat because one cannot escape him. “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU” (2). This is the slogan displayed by the party exposing the fact that the country is being watched. Having these posters everywhere begins to convince people that they are constantly being monitored and any action that is expressed as rebellious will be punished. Unlike most people, Winston rebels against the party by writing in his diary: “down with Big Brother!” (18). This shows that he understands what they are doing to the society in a negative way to brainwash everyone. It frustrates him, resulting in breaking the rules and writing this secretly which could put him in danger of getting caught. Without Big Brother no one would be living in such a controlled environment but the citizens are brought up to believe that without their presence, life would not be safe. Another slogan used as propaganda towards the citizens is “WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH” (4). Throughout the novel, these slogans make it clear that the party’s most important job is to destroy the capacity of individuals to make their own decisions and trust their own intelligence. Having people witness these slogans …show more content…
By doing this, the government uses what is called doublethink. Doublethink is a trait that only the citizens depend upon their ability to believe two contradictory or even opposite ideas to be true simultaneously. In other words they need to teach themselves to never second guess their thoughts or they could be punished for thinking wrongly against the “right answer.” “To know and to not know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy is impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy. To forget, whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again, and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself” (35). Early in the book, doublethink refers to the ability to control your memories, to choose to forget something, as well as to forget about the forgetting process. Later on in the novel, as the Party implements it is mind-control techniques, people ultimately lose the ability to form independent thoughts. Eventually, it becomes possible for the Party to convince the public of

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