1984 Essay

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Governmental Mind Control: Nonsensical Myth or Startling Reality? “He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark mustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.” (297) In this powerful scene from his infamous dystopian novel, George Orwell exemplifies the love the character Winston Smith has at the end of the novel for the all-controlling government he once loathed. The passage is relevant because it illustrates the power exerted by a government in order to control its citizens; currently, many people hold the belief that the current global governments exercise a similar, though not as drastic, power over people, causing our world to accelerate towards the imagined world of Orwell’s 1984. For centuries, governing bodies have implemented the use of torture in order to gain information from their opposition as well as forcing them to admit faults they are not necessarily guilty of and claims they do not believe in. During World War II, the heartless, fascist dictator Adolf Hitler tortured his political opponents into forced agreement. The communist party of China denied the deaths of multiple protesters in Tiananmen Square; the government captured those who spoke out against it, despite the fact the activists spoke the truth, and tortured them until they publicly admitted they originally “lied” to the public and that the murders never occurred. In more recent times, many were horrified by the knowledge of the water boarding that was occurring at Guantanimo Bay prison in order to obtain confessions from prisoners. In 1984, Orwell

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