1984 A Novel By George Orwell

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In the novel 1984, George Orwell demonstrates a loss of privacy in Oceania caused by Big Brother. The relevance of this novel to today’s society is how the people of America are losing their personal privacy every moment of the day without even noticing their rights to freedom being lost. The US citizens have lost their freedom to their financials, choices of personal body use, and the ability to express themselves freely in everyday activities. These rights have been taken away by the American Government and surrounding peers. The people allow these problems to continue and can only be solved if together they all stand up as a whole.
All around financial freedom is lost. In Orwell’s writings of 1984 he demonstrates Big Brother giving the people of Oceania no financial freedom. They all had to work jobs that were paid equally, regardless of the occupation. Big Brother convinced the people that their income was enough and that the economy of Oceania was at its highest point. New pieces of literature were being replaced by the old to make the modern day of Oceania seem like their economy was doing great. One of those pieces altered history to this, "It was a dark, dirty, miserable place where hardly anybody had enough to eat and where hundreds and thousands of poor people had no boots on their feet and even a roof to sleep under." (Orwell 72). Big Brother told the people of the Ministry of Truth to rewrite historical literature as their modern day. The people were replacing history with new facts that came from their society. The people could not protest Big Brothers lies because they had no proof other than what only some could feel emotionally inside. No matter how the people felt, they had to go along with everything they were told. If they were told to pay for an item, they had to buy that item. If they were told they were rich, they had to believe that they were rich. If they were told that they had the best government and the best financial plans, they were to believe and follow those plans. Just like today’s society. The people are also told they have financial freedom and that they can make those choices on their own. In reality people do not have this choice. The people have to deal with systems such as the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obama Care (Amadeo). This is where the American citizen will be forced to buy health insurance. If a person does not buy health insurance, they will be taxed (Amadeo). Either way people are forcibly losing money out of their pockets. The government is putting extra stress on its people by making them pay for something they may not have the money for; being, the reason that person did not have health insurance in the first place. If a person cannot afford the health insurance and is at the considered poverty level, then they will have to get Medicaid, so either way every citizen will have to purchase some kind of care plan for themselves and their family without a say on whether they want to or not...

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