1984: American Vs. Orwellian Society Essay

575 words - 3 pages

JohnsJarret JohnsMr. Frank CarnicomA.P. British Literature14 August 2014American vs. Orwellian SocietyGeorge Orwell's novel, 1984, has recently gotten acclaim for concerning issues in current day America. Airstrip One's society is more than just slightly different than that of modern day United States. Big Brother running rampant across the walls in the form of posters and Thought Police monitoring every train of thought a person has is far from American identity or ideals. The novel speaks about a shattered and broken world in which gorgeous, glimmering, white, marble buildings tower above the lowly shops and apartments belonging to the inhabitants of London (Orwell 5). The idea does not come across as such a queer thought, with the beautiful White House and memorials in ...view middle of the document...

The tone of the entire novel has grim and dreary outlook on Big Brother and Ingsoc, so even though Orwell chose to not give 1984 the happiest of endings he did so purposefully. "O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast" (Orwell 300)! While the protagonist, Winston, may have lost the battle for his dignity and does truly love Big Brother, the message comes across to the audience as sarcastic and is a flagrant point argument the totalitarianistic regime.Even if America could be considered an "Orwellian society" George Orwell, himself, would still have to agree that the United States is still not remotely near the status of Airstrip One. Technology has had huge advances and the government does keep tabs on most or all of its citizens, however, comparing a gps in your phone (American society) to a telescreen that watches and hears everything one does (Orwellian society) is bridging a fairly large gap. The interesting aspect is that American society uses it's past in order to convict people of thoughtcrime, whereas Orwellian society would have no records, or at least no records with all the truthful, unchanged facts, to convict people. Rather the Thought Police rely on the present to vaporize all of the conspirators, "'Who controls the past,' ran the party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past'" (Orwell 35). While America may control the past with its records it ultimately lacks the control of the future (especially with the Constitution limiting the power of those in power). Orwellian society, through this logic, has total control over the present with its stagnant regime, which gives it control over the past, and ultimately control over the future. While Orwell would be shocked at the advanced, technological society of today he would not worry about the downfall of noble society.

Find Another Essay On 1984: American Vs. Orwellian Society

1984 Argument Essay

1609 words - 6 pages George Orwell’s book 1984 is a very interesting novel. The novel is set up in Airstrip One. In George Orwell’s book 1984 it has many situations. One of the many situations are that some people refer society as “Orwellian.” What does Orwellian mean? Orwellian means, of or related to the works of George Orwell ( especially his picture of his future totalitarian state.) People believe that Orwell is realistic and say his work part of our society

This Essay Describes The Patriot Act I In Terms Of Control And Compares Today's Reality To That Of Geroge Orwell's 1984

1084 words - 5 pages The new programs implemented by President Bush in order to protect Americans and discourage terrorist behavior have made evident the similarities between modern American society and Orwellian socialism as described in 1984. The Patriot Act has been the most significant of these post-9/11 measures. Americans' fear of economic decline and terrorist activity has allowed the government nearly free reign to disrupt the delicate system of checks and

This essay compares today's society, specifically since the birth of the Patriot Act, to that of Orwell's 1984

1001 words - 4 pages The new programs implemented by President Bush in order to protect Americans and discourage terrorist behavior have made evident the similarities between modern American society and Orwellian socialism as described in 1984. The Patriot Act has been the most significant of these post-9/11 measures. Americans' fear of economic decline and terrorist activity has allowed the government nearly free reign to disrupt the delicate system of checks and

Up to what extent Orwell’s warning is still relevant in today’s American society?

1675 words - 7 pages American society still resembles the Orwell’s fictional world of 1984. In the novel, Orwell comes up with various future warning. Orwell warned about the danger of a totalitarianism society. 1984 is a warning for the future that the government can reach up to dominance existed during 1984. Orwell is explaining that there are extreme instances that are already existed in American society. He described that our society is not too far away from the

Compare Orwell's 1984 to our government today

813 words - 3 pages Orwellian government monitors its citizens to a much greater extent than America's government, however, this is untrue. A recent news story covered by Fox News states that the average person is caught on camera 15-25 times a day- forcing American citizens to believe that their government's tactics are closer than ever to those exhibited by 1984's government. Much like the Orwellian government uses telescreens to capture "thought criminals

1984 Argument

1143 words - 5 pages In George Orwell’s book “1984” it has many situations. One of the many situations are that some people refer society as “Orwellian.” People believe that Orwell is realistic and says he is part of our society now. George Orwell was a writer in the twentieth century. He was a totalitarian. Also he wrote about dystopias. George Orwell wrote the book “1984” June 8,1949 and a little before that. The world was eager for it! Within twelve months, it

Government Surveillance Creates an Orwellian Society

876 words - 4 pages Howard Rheingold notably mentioned, "You can’t assume any place you go is private because the means of surveillance are becoming so affordable and invisible." Judging by the efficiency of American surveillance, it would seem that Rheingold’s outlook stands as of today. Technology has advanced so powerfully that surveillance has become predominant in our society. On nearly every front, American citizens are under a great threat of control as

The Invasion of Privacy in 1984 by George Orwell

1525 words - 6 pages Four." Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. 2003. ----------------------------------------------------5 April 2014 Notes on 1984 Themes | BookRags.com. Ed. BookRags Editors. 2014. ---------------------9 May 2014 "Orwellian." Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. 2005

The Price of Inequality by Joseph E. Stiglitz

1790 words - 7 pages for the society of the world in the year 1984 was one where information was kept from the people and that the people were fed lies by the government that citizens took to be their truths. An Orwellian society is one where the open, free, and democratic, to some extent, society is being threatened or destroyed. Stiglitz recognizes that a lot of critics believe that the society today is one that had a likeness to the one in the Orwell’s cautionary

Alagorty response essay for 150 points - CCR ALLegory of the cave - essay

851 words - 4 pages . “Intelligent people must be conditioned to reject self-truth, to reject the sanity of common sense to accept the insanity of Orwellian Double Think.” 1984 by Gorge Orwell; Winston (the main carector in the book) thought “until they become conscious they will never rebel and until they have rebelled they cannot become conscious” With that said you can related to this to our society today. Some who don’t think outside if what people want is not as aware

Authoritarian Rule

1078 words - 5 pages appearance, a number of contemporary commentators noticed that the biography, appearance, writing style and political thought of Goldstein closely paralleled that of Trotsky. An additional theme in 1984 that corresponds with Orwell’s society and his concerns for the near future is the subordination of individuals to "the Party". In Nazi Germany, the world watched as millions of rational citizens freely submitted, without question, to the

Similar Essays

1984 Vs Today's Society Ehs Ap Language Essay

529 words - 3 pages AP English Language Orwell’s 1984 vs. Today’s Society George Orwell’s 1984 has several similarities to today’s society. When we take a step back and look at today’s society in light of Orwell’s 1984, it is evident that they are very similar. First of all, the Thought Police monitoring of the telescreen is a lot like the government and companies spying on out phones and computers through what we text, look up, email, etc. Advertisements we

"1984", By Orwell, An American Classic Which Explores The Human Mind When It Comes To Power, Corruption, Control, And The Ultimate Utopian Society

1299 words - 6 pages The novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell is an American classic which explores the human mind when it comes to power, corruption, control, and the ultimate utopian society. Orwell indirectly proposes that power given to the government will ultimately become corrupt and they will attempt to force all to conform to their one set standard. He also sets forth the idea that the corrupted government will attempt to destroy any and all mental

Men Vs. Women. Who Has The Upper Hand In American Society Today?

1554 words - 6 pages male sporting events also get more primetime television airtime. In addition, more male athletes have household names than those of professional female athletes and male athletes just get more fame and prestige in general. This is best illustrated by worldwide fame and high standing that Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods have both received.Additionally, women get a lot of ridicule in the media. The media portrays how women in American society are

1984 Argument Essay

1563 words - 7 pages essentially been branded an enemy of the state and we’ve been told he’s dangerous and has caused irreparable harm to the nation’s security”. (Andrew Gleinser, American, Orwellian Societies share similarities). This directly mirrors the identity of the Orwellian society suggested in the book “1984”. The third and final counterclaim is, our society is flexible unlike an Orwellian society. However, our social classes can be compared to Orwell’s