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Constant Fear Within Society Essay

1797 words - 8 pages

Fear is an emotion, which is impossible for humans to not face in their lives. Some may experience that fear because of their government. When there is fear throughout the society, it keeps the people within that society obedient and reliant on the government. The constant sense of terror is what could keep people hopeless and scared to express their own thoughts and beliefs. The role of violence is used by the totalitarian government of 1984 by George Orwell to gain complete control over their citizens by using violence physically, psychologically, and motivationally towards the people of Oceania.

The Ministry of Love is quite ironically named. In the Ministry of Love, they use physical violence and torture to turn to captured rebels into obedient members of society and change their beliefs into what the party wants them to believe. Winston is captured by the thought police for thinking and behaving differently than what is accepted by the party. The ministry of love tortures him physically to the point where he looks old and frail. They use physical violence to gain that power that the party passionately desires. “The party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power.” (Orwell 275) O’Brian explains to Winston that party goes to the extent of physically torturing him only so they can gain that total control over him. The physical violence the rebels experience has such a powerful impact that many of them are willing to sacrifice anything just for the pain and torture to stop.

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“At the time when it happens you do mean it. You think there’s no other way of saving yourself, and you’re quite ready to save yourself that way. You want it to happen to the other person. You don’t give a damn what they suffer. All you care about is yourself.” (Orwell 305)

Physical violence makes one lose any love or care they had towards anyone else and their whole life becomes how to save them selves. The torture Julia experiences was enough for her to betray Winston and to wish the pain for him instead of her even though she loved him. The pain is such torture that you are willing to do anything for it to stop, even submit to your greatest enemy. This is why the Ministry of Love uses the physical torture. The can gain total control of the person because they are willing to do anything, confess anything, and sacrifice anything for it to stop. Again relating the willingness to give up everything, you are willing to give up your own family, let alone beliefs.

“Just say who it is and I’ll tell you anything you want. I don’t care who it is or what you do to them. I’ve got a wife and three children. The biggest of them isn’t six years old. You can take the whole lot of them and cut their throats in front of my eyes and I’ll stand by a watch it.” (Orwell 249)

The chinless man is willing to give up his own family and watch them get hurt and die, as long was they stop hurting him. This...

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