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British Lit.

In George Orwell’s 1984, Winston Smith wrestles with oppression in Oceania, a place where the party scrutinizes human actions with everwatchful Big Brother. Defying a ban on individuality, Winston dares to express his thoughts in a diary and pursues a relationship with Julia. These criminal deeds bring Winston into the eye of the opposition, who then must reform the nonconformist. George Orwell’s 1984 introduced the watch words for life without freedom: BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU. The themes I will introduce to you somehow will describe what Winston is going through and how his life and the lives of other are being controlled, through psychological manipulation and the dangers of Totalitarianism.

Totalitarianism is a political system with absolute and total rule over its people. The state has no limits to its authority and tries to regulate every aspect of public and private life. This is most evident when Orwell writes, “it was conceivable that they watched everybody all the time.” The danger of this form of government is that your life ceases to be your own.

In 1984 manipulation is aimed to change the perception or behavior of others. This quote is stated “Thoughtcrime was not a thing that can be concealed forever. You might dodge successfully for a while, even for years but sooner or later they were bound to get you.” O’Brien saw the words “Down with big brother” written in Winston’s journal. Winston panicked, because he knew that no matter what he did to his journal, no matter how he rephrased what he said there’s no erasing what he wrote. Big brother is always watching, he knew that they would soon catch on to him knowing that he doesn’t agree and that he’s not on their side.

Winston says that the party’s goal is to try and fill their minds with lies instead of the truth. Winston cannot do anything without being watched. “The party told you to regret the evidence of your eyes and ears”. That means the party only wants you to...
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