“1984” by George Orwell

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Do you think you can be brainwashed? Most people will tell you that they could not be brainwashed or manipulated into doing something against their will, but in reality most of us can be convinced into doing something we would not normally do. George Orwell, in his novel “1984”, shows how mind power can influence people and society. The group that controls the mind power is known as the Party, and the state where this society lives is called Oceania. The only way the Party can maintain total power over a large population within Oceania is by insuring that past is controlled, by keeping people under constant fear through the use of telescreens and violence, and by an ongoing brainwashing to love the Big Brother.

Controlling the past is very important for the Party to maintain power. Historic records are changed or completely deleted in order to fit the needs of the Party. People, events can be entirely wiped out if they don’t fit the Party’s standards. This power gives the Party a great deal of authority.. In the book, one of the characters, Syme, is caught by the Party and when the people in the society arrive for work that day, he is gone. Winston later finds out that Syme was taken out of the documented papers at the records department. “One of the notices carried a printed list of members of the Chess Committee, of whom Syme had been one. It looked almost exactly as it had looked before-nothing has been crossed out-but it was one name shorter. It was enough. Syme has ceased to exist; he had never existed” (147). This passage is significant because it shows the power that the Party hold in dealing with non compliance. Society is once again reminded of the consequences for not loving the Big Brother, leader of the Party.

Fear is a powerful weapon that the Party relies on for unconditional compliance from the people. Violence is used as disciplinary tactic. The Party keeps a close eye on everyone...
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