The Most Insidious Element In 1984: Thought Police

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The thought police is the most insidious aspect of the dystopian society of 1984 because the people are so scared of being watched and accused of thoughtcrime that they lose trust in anyone and everyone around them. The thought police is used by the party to control the society and their thoughts. Anyone simply walking in the street could be a member of the thought police, so you never know who is watching you. This diminishes the bonds between friends, neighbors, family, etc. because you never know whom you can trust, and even someone you have the most faith in could be the person to turn you in. This also causes people to constantly be on edge because the thought police is trained to recognize any form of abnormal behavior, from eye movements to hand gestures. If any form of true emotion is displayed, chances are you are caught and tortured until your mind is altered and you become a totally different person. The thought police is more insidious than the telescreens because even though the telescreens watch you, they are usually visible and the people are aware of their existence. Unlike the though police, which could be anyone, anywhere, and is totally undetectable. This is also more insidious than the “two minutes hate” because at least this gives people a way to release their anger. The thought police prevents people from showing their true emotions at all costs, forcing them to keep everything bottled up inside their subconscious. The thought police is the most insidious aspect of the dystopian society of 1984 because the people’s emotions are so controlled by fear and distrust that they forget how to be themselves. “He knew now that for seven years the thought police had watched him like a beetle under a magnifying glass. There was no physical act, no word spoken aloud, that they had not noticed, no train of thought that they had not been able to infer. Even

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