1984 by George Orwell is a novel about a man, Winston Smith, living in a dystopian, totalitarian government. The book circulates around the negative ideal of a harsh government strictly controlling the people of a society. 1984 shares some unique similarities as well as differs greatly from actual life that many English lived during the 80’s, even though the book was written nearly 40 years prior and was not looking at a realistic interpretation of what the world would be like. Orwell had a specific idea his book would flow around; Humans cannot be completely controlled by government. But as we near the end of the book, it becomes clearer that in extremely harsh circumstances, one can be fully controlled when faced with fear. Inspired by world problems, Orwell wrote 1984 to depict an inflicting government, which tries to have complete control over all people. The book was published during the 1940’s and Orwell related his made up government to reflect what was going on in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union during World War II. The Party, or the government that makes up the political system of 1984, succeeds at controlling the living conditions, food rations, jobs, and overall mindset of the people. The Thought Police are the main, physical figures that control the people. They attempt to have complete power over all people threw thought and instilling “thought crime” as the worst offense possible on the public. The Party has a number of different ways of controlling thought, but the main way is Newspeak: a language that simplifies English in order to decrease the amount of words that people can use to think. Newspeak has many different issues and volumes that are constantly being rewritten for the people to use in common speech. The Party also instills propaganda on the people, with symbols of Big Brother -the leader of the Party- and carefully worded phrases such as “War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength.” The governments of Hitler’s
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