The Novel 1984 by George Orwell Essay

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Since the beginning of time man has tried to build vast empires to control the globe. Manifest Destiny has been sown into our human nature creating in us the desire to conquer. In the United States, we are accustomed to a safe democratic government where everyone has a voice and freedoms, but what if it all changed? What would it even look like for America to be stripped of all our freedoms, rights, and liberties? We think this is crazy and could never happen, but George Orwell illustrates, throughout his novel 1984, the possible dangers of complete government control. Even though this exaggerated society seems farfetched, many of his fictional governmental qualities are starting to line up with our government today. Throughout the novel …show more content…
The Ministry of Truth would alter past events for the purpose of exalting Big Brother. The party preyed on the fear of its people from which it derived its power. Because of this fear, it was impossible to rebel against the party “which controlled the citizens of Oceania with systematic disinformation, unremitting surveillance, and the pervasive threat of violence and imprisonment” (Malinowitz). Another tool in the arsenal of Big Brother is its ability to make any laws, unchecked by the people. From writing a diary, to loving someone, to even being outside after dark, the party considers all of these threats to the empire, so they deem them illegal. Anything that held “any political or ideological significance” (Orwell 36) was banned. What is even worse than “crimes” is “thought crime” (Orwell 74). Thought crimes had no written constitution but were perspective to whoever was in charge. Thought police where hired to specifically weed out anyone that showed signs of resistance to the government. Because of the unknown, it creates fear from the people: and that’s the point. Because of the party's ability to change the laws at any point of time to suit their needs, no one wants to defy it at all. Because of this fear "everyone is mistrustful of everyone they don't know and spying on your neighbor is encouraged" (Toure). Children even turn their parents in to the thought police for the “fun” of it (Orwell 120). Another attempt at taking complete

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