1984 Essay

1132 WordsMay 22, 20125 Pages
Since the onset of the United States, Americans have always viewed the future in two ways; one, as the perfect society with a perfect government, or two, as a communistic cage where free will no longer exists and no one is happy. The novel 1984 by George Orwell is a combination of both theories. On the "bad" side, a communist state exists which is enforced with surveillance technology and loyal patriots. On the "good" side, however, everyone in the society who was born after the hostile takeover, which converted the once democratic government into a communist government, isn't angry about their life, nor do they wish to change any aspect of their life. For the few infidels who exist, it is a maddening existence, of constant work and brainwashing. George Orwell's novel was definitely different from the actual year of 1984, but how different were they? They were different in three ways: government, society, and thought. Modern society, at least in some parts of the globe, has some common characteristics with big brothers totalitarian reign. Oppression is perhaps the biggest problem which many people are forced to face. Following the fall of the U.S.S.R., North Korea has almost directly become the empire of repression that George Orwell illustrated in 1984. Although North Korea is lacking in a technological sense compared to “The Party”, they have some very similar tactics such as the invasion of privacy, the creation of class systems and the use of propaganda to hold their oppressive power in place. North Korea’s use of flooding their civilians heads with images of the “Eternal President” and the “Supreme Leader” serves as the same reminder of their overlords as the constant bombardment of “Big Brother is watching you” in Orwell’s novel. The use of this visual stimulant serves as a reminder that no matter where you go, the powers that be are always there with you,

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