1984...Years Later Essay

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Nineteen Eighty-Four 3 Decades Later In George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, one of America’s greatest works, readers explore the human mind by the demanding control of the government. “One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. Orwell uses this novel in his advantage to demonstrate how any power given to the government will only end up corrupting the minds of civilians. In Oceania, basic ideas such as free speech, independent thought, and the right to privacy are nonexistent. If readers were to examine the world of Oceania closely, connections can be made to the real-world government actions in the United States and the cruel world within Orwell's book. Most American citizens would be filled with a sense of anger, frustration, and a strong desire to bring about a change in their government if our world was to be as exact as Oceania’s. Can you imagine how the people of the United States would react if telescreens were to become a part of their everyday lives? These devices play a major role in 1984, as they monitor individuals practically everywhere they go and can never really be turned off, unless you're a high level government official. It was one of the primary devices used in catching Winston, and many other individuals who committed crimes against the government (Orwell 197). “The extraordinary growth of technology that would permit a degree ]of mechanical of our lives and potential supervision..” (Stansky 5). The telescreens are used to lock away individuals who do not participate in their mandatory morning exercises, or doubt (referred in the novel as Doublethink) known to them as "Big Brother" (Orwell 28). “Orwell has the mythic Goldstein pick up this theme: ‘The two aims of the Party are to conquer the whole surface of the earth and to extinguish once

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