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1984 Essay

  • Submitted by: andresihno777
  • on March 17, 2009
  • Category: English
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The novel 1984, story of a totalitarian society which is controlled by a character known as Big Brother. Big Brother has the ultimate power over the people in society. He controls the minds of the inviduals. In this dictatorial society it is a man by the name of Winston Smith, who stands out. He realizes that Big Brother makes everything go his way. He also has realize   that Big Brother has the ability to change everything as he pleases, even the past. As the novel begins, Smith is just as every other person in the society with physical problems in this case it is an ulcer in his ankle. “Winston, who was thirty-nine, and had a varicose ulcer above [Winston’s] right ankle...” however, he is insane by society’s standards because he is able to think for himself. Through out the book, he soon begins to discover many things that the Party, who controls everything, is hiding; he tries to hide that he knows such things. Due to the fact that if the Thought Police ,undercover police who watch the people, found out; he would be put into a jail and tried to be made into another zombie that follows Big Brother without question.
It seems that the place where Winston lives is not adequate for formal living. “The hallway smelt of boiled and old rags.” They lived in a prison; since the people living in this society were always being watched, even when they were in the privacy of their home. “…Telescreen received and transmitted…any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked by it, moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision…he could be seen as well as heard.” The Party also shows the citizens and reminds them of Big Brother, as to fear him, obey him, and not to question anything he says. “…the poster with the enormous face gazed from the wall. It was one of those pictures which are so contrived that the eyes follow you about when you move. BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, the caption beneath it ran.” This propaganda was everywhere...

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