The Methods Used to Gain Unlimited Power in 1984 by George Orwell

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Every human being has natural rights that can never be taken away. In an attempt to create a world where every person if offered a fair opportunity to live life, the United Nations passed a bill called The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in 1948. The document outlines the all the rights provided to everyone in the world, despite age, gender, religion etc. Civil liberties including, right to life, liberty and security of person; the right not to be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family or home; and right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, are incorporated in the Declaration. Despite the positive moral of the implemented civil rights, there have been numerous instances when essential civil …show more content…
O’Brian, a faithful Party member, attempts to explain ‘mind over matter’, “Whatever the Party holds to be truth is truth. It is impossible to see reality except by looking at it through the eyes of the Party…. The party says that two plus two is five then that is the truth” (222). The party is the sole important existence in Oceania; the government-implemented law encourages that citizens must believe every piece of information that Big Brother supports, without question. The citizens control their minds and mold their memories to match Big Brothers; the entire process of controlling an individual’s mind is ‘mind over matter’. Doublethink, constructs reality for the people of Oceania, which is entirely planned by Big Brother. The Party believes that two plus two is five, and despite all the evidence contradicting the idea, every citizen alters reality in order to agree. Big Brother can disprove everything that the citizen imagine being reality, and modifies it into a world filled with illusions; he can recreate math, science and history even if it is engraved into the principles of life. For over five years, Oceania has always been constantly fighting with Eurasia, but that reality was disregarded and changed in a few moments, “One minute more, and the feral roars of rage were again bursting from the crowd. The Hate continued exactly as before, except that the target had been changed”(161).

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