1984 Criticism

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Michael Kovar
Mrs. O
British Literature
9 October 2011
27 Years Ago….
1984, written by George Orwell, is a story in which a society is controlled in almost every sense. Sex, love, sight, feelings, everything is being controlled, by a system created through a variety of media in society which broadcasts suspicions among the people. Even blood relatives have trouble trusting one another with vital information. Clearly everyone wants done with this Government as totalitarianism has not been a favorite to anyone but the government itself. Showing people whom want a normal life back to themselves. In 1984 Orwell reveal’s the negative impact of totalitarianism, which has corrupted everyone’s minds reflecting how they are all being watched a little too closely. Winston Smith is a man who is not afraid of expressing his feelings about the government control. Such as when he had come up to the “Ministry of Love” ‘which maintained law and order surrounded by large steel walls and mazes of barbed wire such a bastion cannot be entered.”(Orwell 8) This fortified building is only entered when strictly business is happening. Crime, Death, Corruption is all included through the book as many deaths occur and people actually enjoy watching them, as Orwell states “Why can’t we go see the hanging?’ roared the boy in his huge voice.’ Want to see the hanging! Want to see the hanging’ chanted the little girl” (23) Children’s minds have been corrupted children enjoy seeing hangings as today if they witnessed such a cruel crime they would cry and run away. I guess crime doesn’t really affect people under a strict government they must be use to it as once again “thought crime does not entail death: thought crime is death” (27). It’s a amazing thing how 1984 can show how corrupt society can be if not run properly. Winston Smith has been trying to escape the wrath of “Big Brother” the all seeing machine, but barriers are in place and he is in for quiet the experience....
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