What Could Our World Be?

Topics: Nineteen Eighty-Four, Mind, George Orwell Pages: 3 (1045 words) Published: April 28, 2011
What Could Our World Be?
What would life be like today if the federal government had absolute control? No freedoms for anyone whatsoever. The government controls when citizens may sleep, eat, do a job, and even control when citizens are allowed to speak. Would life really be worth living? We as readers are able to gain a small taste of what this would be like after reading the classic novel 1984, written by George Orwell. In the lonely, lifeless setting it is clear that the government has gained complete control when readers look at the two star crossed lovers, Winston and Julia. These two desperately want nothing more than to live a peaceful life together; however their communication is high treason. When reading the novel we can clearly see through motifs of the idea of double think, thought to be friends, and fear, that the government is able to control all aspects of life.

First, throughout the book the government practices what is called double think as a way to control the citizens of Oceania. Double think is when the government is able to make people believe that something has happened or is currently happening when in reality, it has not. Double think is first presented when Winston stops for a second to think about a ‘favor’ that Big Brother had done for the people. Everyone was happy when Big Brother raised the chocolate rations to twenty grams however Winston remembers, “It appeared that there had even been demonstrations to thank Big Brother for raising the [Chocolate] ration to twenty grams a week. And only yesterday, he reflected, it had been announced that the ration was to be reduced to twenty grams a week” (51). In this case the party used a falsity to gain praise from their citizens, when in reality they took some negative news and presented it in a positive way. This clearly shows that whatever the party says the people will believe. It is almost as if the party is doing the thinking for all of their citizens, and the people...
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