The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism

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  • Ignorance In 1984

    Think of the phrases, “ Ignorance is Strength and Freedom is Slavery.” In the novel 1984, these indicate a totalitarian society, a reality based on information the government forces upon its people. The strength of the language in the book 1984 is a potent and compelling language at that and as a result, the government goes through great lengths to influence and control the language. A closer examination of these slogans will reveal how the government of 1984 uses these slogans to manipulate and repress their citizens. To the majority of Oceania’s society, being ignorant about the condition of things is actually beneficial. Being Ignorant actually helps the citizens of Oceania to remain happy and optimistic, and thus strong. To the working citizens within the Party, like Winston, their overall jobs rely on keeping the people ignorant of true facts and statistics. Essentially, lie to keep the people in the dark, and then the Party--and their jobs--will always be strong. The people's ignorance gives the Party strength; if they really knew the true state of things and how they had been manipulated, they would rebel, and take away the Party's power. As for example, every society must have history. But whether you write it down or not is completely up to humanity. Oceana’s government has the audacity to rewrite history and make their people believe whatever they tell them to, and people believe it. However, some people do not, such as the brotherhood. The Brotherhood is a…

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  • Comparing Machiavelli's And The Prince

    In the writings of both 1984 and The Prince, there are so many similarities, using fare to control populace and ideas surrounding it are presented as major themes. In Machiavelli’s thoughts in The Prince, he makes an astonishing speech about that the fare can and should be used to control masses. In 1984, the party has the supreme power of the whole nation, and the Big Brother means the entire party. So they have to avoid the revolutions, and get the support from people to increase the Party’s…

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  • Orthodoxy In George Orwell's 1984

    Orthodoxy is an ever-present theme in 1984. The concept that one can adhere to every rule and regulation is not only encouraged, but it is expected in Oceania. Orthodoxy is perceived differently by some citizens, but most follow every law put in place by the Party. Julia tells Winston about her theory that if someone follows the small rules, he/she may break a large one. O’Brien does not directly mention orthodoxy, but he does tell Winston that the Party’s idea of a normal person is orthodox.…

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  • George Orwell Contradiction In 1984

    And since the Party is in full control of all records and in equally full control of the minds of its members, it follows that the past is whatever the Party chooses to make it…For when it has been recreated in whatever shape is needed at the moment, then this new version IS the past, and no different past can ever have existed.”(Chapter III, The Theory And Practice Of Oligarchical Collectivism, Emmanuel Goldstein) Moreover, in order to strongly control the past, the Party also requires every…

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  • The Power Of Groupthink In 1984 By George Orwell

    From the Nazi’s slaughter of six million Jews to China’s annihilation of individualism, humanity would be wise to never forget the sheer power of groupthink and collectivism. Fascist and communist dictators exploit humans’ vulnerabilities to promote a freedom-less, uniform society. As witnesses of genocides in the past, America in particular has a solemn responsibility to take a stand in the face of evil and promote freedom and liberty. Individualism is “among the core values in American…

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  • 1984 Power Essay

    Big Brother. Power being a motivator caused those with power to become ill minded and not think of others. How did Oceania become the way it was? Oceania was a prosperous city and people who were left after War World II were to fix the effect of World War II. The government must have been paranoid and thought that people may have been spies and believed that watching them would stop terrorist actions for example bombings or shootings so that they would not occur. Like in the start of the novel…

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  • 1984 Tone Analysis

    time to join an organized revolt, they turn to O’Brien, a man whom Winston believes to be a member of a revolutionary group called the Brotherhood. Prior to being inducted into this group, he and Julia learn the rules and then go over a series of questions; and then they are inducted. Although O’Brien is very vague, “The Brotherhood, we call it. You will never learn much more about the Brotherhood than that it exists and that you belong to it” (Orwell 171), Winston and Julia are very excited…

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  • 1984 By George Orwell: A Dystopian Study

    anxious and paranoid. “You did not have friends nowadays, you had comrades” (Orwell 42). The Party disassociates trust in relationships so that people cannot rebel and they must be careful how they act around others. Citizens of Oceania must constantly live in submission to Big Brother. Ultimately, the Party uses this scare tactic in order to create paranoia and to control the people of Oceania. Another way the party gains power over the people of Oceania is through the never-ending war. The war…

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  • 1984, 1984 And V For Vendetta By George Orwell

    Party of Big Brother is the most effective in its use of Newspeak as the ultimate method of control. Both the governments in the film and the novel purposely manipulate their media to put forth a very specific version of the truth. The parties in both the novel and the film attempt distort the truth, making truth a false perception of reality created by the parties as a form of control over their citizens. Both Totalitarian Parties manipulate information so that reality and truth become what the…

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  • Hunger Games 1984 Analysis

    government by engaging in a sexual affair with his co-worker, Julia. It gave Smith great pleasure to hear that Julia had committed these crimes more than once and this confirmed he was not alone in his acts against the government. By using sex as a source of pleasure, Smith and his fellow criminals rebelled against and defied The Party. He freely recounted his dreams of the next generation overthrowing Big Brother to Julia. Smith’s pseudo induction into the Brotherhood, the secret resistance…

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