1984: Big brother is watching Essay

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1984: Big brother is watching 1984 shows how our lives are not as secret as we think they are. Oceana has no privacy and America is becoming that. In some ways America already is like Oceana. There are numerous elements in 1984 to compare with American society today. So in many ways George Orwell was right and maybe there soon will be a government very similar to the one in 1984. One element in the book 1984 is Big Brother the ruler of Oceana. He is not a person but a name for the whole government. Big Brother could easily represent our government today. We may not all know it but the government knows everything about us. All they need is our name and social security number and they could learn everything. The government has our previous jobs, where we went to school and where we live. Big Brother is also like that in the book, probably even worse. Big Brother is even more intruding than our government today and the only way to get away with things is by thinking them. It even says on a sign, “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU”. Another element in the book is the Thought Police. They are much different than the police in our society today. The police in American society can arrest you for things you only do while the thought police can arrest you for things you think. “It was even conceivable that the Thought Police watched everybody all the time”. If they don’t see you getting involved or screaming during the two minute hate they will arrest you. The only similarity is that they both enforce the law. Otherwise they are totally different. The “telescreen” in the book watches almost every move you do. It invades your privacy and you have no way of getting away from it except by thinking. “Any sound Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it”. Today we have surveillance cameras, which watch our every move. Another element is The

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