The Watchful Eye of the Thought Police
In the novel 1984 by George Orwell, the society of Oceania is controlled by the government and people are aware of an upper power that is always watching over them. Although they know a upper power is always closely watching them ,they are uncertain who it is-it could be big brother, the telescreens or even the Thought Police, who are spies that walk amongst the society and turn people in for ‘thought crimes’, but remain unknown. In this novel the Thought Police are most effective way to control the actions and the thoughts of the people in Oceania because everyone is aware of them yet no one knows who they are.
In this society everyone is closely watched and controlled by the Though Police. In this quote Winston gives a little explanation of how life is in Oceania. “It was the patrol, snooping into people’s windows. The patrols did not matter, however. Only the Thought Police mattered, You had to live- did live, from habit that became instinct-in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized”(Orwell, 5). The Thought Police seem to hold a special type of power over Winston. (The power to turn him in to the authorities, the power to make him think about what he was thinking about before making any sudden movements or face expressions, so it doesn’t seem like he is having improper thoughts.) This control over the society’s actions is one of the many effective ways the Thought Police kept Oceania under control.
The telescreens are a form of the Thought Police through technology. In many cases, they’ll pick up almost any sound that is made. There is always a chance someone isn’t listening which is a good thing if they were making a thought crime. The Thought Police are spies that watch citizens closer then a telescreen and a well-known majority of Thought Police are children. In this quote Parsons shares how he was caught committing a...
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