The Comparison of 1984 vs. Now
By: Cody Tate
The story is told by a man with the name of Winston Churchill. He is part of a ruling party in London, which is in the nation of Oceania. Winston lives in a society where everything he does he is watched by the party. It’s like they stalk him watching him through telescreens at his home or even on the street. He is always being watched by what by a leader he sees and others see as Big Brother. In his this world the government controls every aspect of his life as well as others. They control both the language and history of the people who live in Oceania. No one can do anything unless the government agrees to let them to. It is looked at as a crime to even plot to go against the government. Anyone who looks suspicious of looking to overthrow the government they get the leisure of going to prison for years. Its looked at as murdering someone in today’s society. The so called Party is even trying to force a language upon the people called Newspeak. This tries to prevent political rebellion by eliminating all words related to it. In the book Winston lost the girl he loved, Julia. He tried to fight the government and make a change in the society but in the end he was brain-washed. He was turned into pretty much a walking zombie doing exactly what they asked. He was put in jail called the Ministry of Love. This was due to the help of his so called friend, O’Brien, who was a part of the Big Brother Party. While being in jail he is tortured by his worse fear which is happens to be rats.
This happens to be one of the points that is related to the book and our government now: torture. In the book they torture you so bad that you would wish the pain you were going through was on someone else. Rather endure the pain yourself you would wish it was done on someone else. Winston’s torture consisted of a person asking him numerous questions. He would choose to answer them of go through a series of electric shocks going through his body. If he answered the question the shocks would stop. So I mean you may have not even done what they are accusing you of but you sure as hell would admit to it just for the torture to stop. The government had physical and psychological control over you with the torturing technique. See the same thing was happening in the Cuba at Guantanamo Bay, a facility overseen by the United States, where it was said the people were being held from the war in Afghanistan. A person by the name of Mohammed al-Qahtani was being held here for supposedly being a threat to the United States with terrorist actions, which was not totally true. Qahtani "was forced to wear a woman's bra and had a thong placed on his head during the course of his interrogation" and "was told that his mother and sister were whores." With a leash tied to his chains, he was led around the room "and forced to perform a series of dog tricks," the report shows. This was a recent act so it shows you cruel and fowl interrogation practices still go on today. The facility was established in 2002 by the Bush Administration to hold detainees from the war in Afghanistan and later Iraq
A second thing that the book and our government have in common is morals. See in the book one group decides what is right and what is isn’t right. In the book they wanted to do away with all types of oral engagement or even sex in general. The group who was in charge of doing this was the Anti-Sex League. An example in the U.S is Gay Marriages. This is said to be the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. This is basically a policy placing a restriction on the U.S military from efforts to discover or reveal closeted gay, bisexual, and lesbians service members or applicants, while barring those who are openly gay from military service. This led to the passing of DADT in 1993, mandating the discharge of openly gay service members. The policy was then revised and resulted in a compromise. Under the policy, but not the law, people...
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