1984 Essay

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1984 was written by George Orwell as a warning for what he thought was coming in the future. More specifically, he wrote this book to warn people about the dangers of government. Although there are multiple warnings throughout the book, the main lesson he tries to teach us is that the government, despite what people say, can sometimes be selfish and try to control every aspect of our lives. Some of the ideas the ideas that George Orwell tries to convey to us have even come true today. In this book Winston and everyone in Oceania is always watched and listened to by microphones and telescreens. In the modern world, the government caches and monitors all of our emails, text messages, instant messages, and even some phone calls. George wrote this book in the time of Soviet Russia, and not too long after Adolf Hitler and the Nazis; so, you can see why George felt the need to speak about controlling governments and higher powers. In this novel the government controlled peoples’ lives by constant monitoring in various different ways. For example Parsons once said about his daughter, “She…spent the whole afternoon following a strange man. They kept on his trail for two hours…and then, when they got into Amersham, handed him over to the patrols.” This shows how the society of Oceania conveys their message to even children. They have brought up these children to always be on the lookout for potential thought criminals and spies. In addition, Oceania had telescreens; which are not only televisions, but also cameras and microphones. They also had hidden microphones set up throughout the cities and woods. For example “‘Look at the trees.’ They were small ashes…none of them thicker than one’s wrist. ‘There’s nothing big enough to hide a mike in.’” This shows that people, especially rebels, were worried about things like mikes, and were always on the lookout for them. Looking

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