1984 Essay

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Nineteen Eighty-Four Leads an Inhumane Society ENG4U 25 July 2011 Nineteen Eighty-Four Leads an Inhumane Society What does it mean to live in a totalitarian society? To live in a totalitarian society is to inhabit an establishment which “attempt[s] to mold the private life, soul, and morals of citizens to a dominant ideology” (Karl Lowenstein). Totalitarianism creates frenzy in all aspects of society, leading to the deconstruction of the effortless concept of humanity.Totalitarian societies lead their inhabitants to betray each other. The ways of the society manipulate the citizens, to make them believe that they are being cared for. The civilians lack critical thinking skills, intellectuality, and overall common sense. A society led by a totalitarian dictatorship results in a complete sense of inhumanity. People are led to inhumanity through the betrayal they commit, and encounter in living in a totalitarian society. Children are taught, from the time they are able to think, to love Big Brother. They are trained to become spies, who are encouraged to bring forth even their own parents if they see or hear them committing thoughtcrime, the act of thinking negatively about the Party. “‘You’re a traitor!’ yelled the boy. ‘You’re a thought-criminal! You’re a Eurasian spy! I’ll shoot you, I’ll vaporize you, I’ll send you to the salt mines!’” (Orwell 25).The Parsons’ children take their spying duties as a game, but as a serious matter at the same time. Instead of playing, and knowing that what they are doing is not real, the children, growing up in a state of dystopia, take their ‘games’ too literally. They even go so far as to tell the Thought Police that their father said “down with Big Brother” in his sleep. To further worsen this situation, Mr. Parsons is proud of his daughter for being such a patriotic resident and bringing him forth; “‘It was my little

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