1984 Essay

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The book 1984 written by George Orwell is an American novel that explores the human mind when it becomes corrupt, controlled by greed, and filled with a sense of power. Soldiers fighting, persecuting…three million people all with the same face,” (64) the main antagonist, Winston Smith is an insignificant member of the ruling Party, in the nation of Oceania. Everywhere Winston goes, even his own home, he is watched through telescreens, and everywhere he looks he sees the face of the party's leader, the figure known only as Big Brother. The Party controls everything, even the people's history and language. The Party is currently forcing the implementation of an invented language called “Newspeak”, which prevents the possibility for political rebellion by eliminating all words related to it. Even thinking rebellious thoughts is illegal, and is known as thought crime, which is the worst crime of all. Thought crime is the work of the Thought Police, who “snoop in on conversations, always watching your every move, controlling the minds and thoughts of the people” (6). Winston has illegally purchased a diary in which to write his criminal thoughts, and has become fixated on a powerful Party member named O’Brien, whom Winston believes is a secret member of the Brotherhood, the legendary group headed by Emmanuel Goldstein that works to overthrow the Party. Winston works in the Ministry of Truth, where he alters historical records to fit the needs of the Party. He worries about the Party's control of history: it claims Oceania has always been allied with Eastasia in a war against Eurasia, but Winston seems to recall a time when this wasn't true. He spends his evenings wandering through the poorest neighborhoods in Oceania, where the proletarians, or paroles, live relatively unimpeded by Party monitoring. One day, Winston receives a note from the dark-haired girl that reads, I

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