The Effects of Alienation in 1984
Alienation is a main theme in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. Alienation refers to the estrangement of an individual from another party. Alienation exists in many forms in the Orwellian society, and each form of alienation causes different effects on topics such as humanity and progress. Each person in the Orwellian society has the ability to escape alienation and work together to overthrow the government; however, Ingsoc uses alienation to bring everyone together, to make everyone work identically like machines. Although alienation supposedly brings forth progress, much of Ingsoc’s ways to unite the people of Oceania limit the progress in humanity. Furthermore, the effects of each form of alienation in Oceania are consequential to the people. The alienation of Oceania in the rest of the world causes no chance for progress in the world as a whole. Oceania, in regards to the other two super-states, is alienated in the sense that each super-state is the same in strength. Because each super-state is so strong that each can defend against the attacks against them from the two other super-states combined, each super-state has the label “unconquerable,” and the whole world is in the same war; a perpetual war. In the end, there is no chance for progress because none of the three super-states has the ability to claim more territory as their own. The alienation that exists between the Upper Class and the proletariats cause no progress because of the lack of cooperation between these two classes. The members of the Upper Class have a better working environment, better homes, and live better lives than the members of the Lower Class, the proletariats. The human emotion that the people would normally feel is jealousy. Like in society today, as Orwell predicted, the members of the higher class are not associated with members of the lower class. For example, members of the higher class, such as rich businessmen, do not...
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