1984 Analysis: Important About Government

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Kian Nafeiy
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1984, by George Orwell, is a book with symbols for what Orwell felt were important about government and other aspects of society that he had taken notice of, mostly representing the ideals of totalitarianism. The major parallel in 1984 to government is the rise of totalitarianism in government at the time the novel was written. Having taken note of the rule in countries such as Russia and Spain, Orwell chose to write a vivid and extreme vision of how he felt the government was playing a large role in the personal lives of citizens, with no privacy and stripped of the freedoms people should be entitled to. Orwell’s story also has many different aspects that display the extremities of totalitarianism in different forms. Psychological control by the government forces people to live in fear, with the message and most symbolic quote of the book, “Big Brother is watching you”, instills the sense of fear into the minds of citizens. Physical control of citizens is also an integral part of the power the government exercised. The government forces its citizens to take part in a routine exercise every morning. People are also forced to suppress their sexual desires and actions, limiting only for the purpose of procreation. In the event of rebellion or defiance of Big Brother or the government, they resort to violence and torture to force their beliefs into the minds of citizens. The control and limiting of history and information is an important part of 1984. People are not allowed to have any reminder of their own history or past, in the form of documents or photos. They also rewrite previous histories and newspapers, thus controlling every form of information, and transcribing it from their own perspective and bias, being the only form of information anyone receives. Technology is also a big portion of how the government is able to control its citizens. With microphones placed all over the city,...
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