Professor Nicole Dellasanta
November 21, 2017
George Orwell's 1984 is one of the most well-known novels today regarding
totalitarianism. Totalitarianism is an overused word that is scary when you think about it. This
essay will go over specific references to totalitarianism in ''1984'' and its relation to real-world
events. Some people joke that they live in a house with totalitarian parents or a dorm that is a
totalitarian state. But true totalitarianism is not some angry parents cutting up credit cards and
taking away their car for a couple of weeks, or the dorm resident assistant writing you up for
partying a little too hard last Friday night. Totalitarianism in an ugly form of governmental
control and the total or near total control of the actions, lives, desires, and events in its citizens
lives. The key element of totalitarianism in Orwell's 1984 is Big Brother. Big Brother, which
represents the government, is everywhere. In nearly every aspect of daily life, Big Brother
controls what you do, think, eat, and even feel. Big Brother controls everything like information,
history, physical, and psychological needs. He is a friend and the enemy of your enemy. He will
protect you and save you. George Orwell message in 1984 is certainly an occurring event today.
There are many countries in this world that are under this circumstance. A good example is the
country of North Korea. North Korea has been ruled by the same family since 1948. The family
has been running the country based on the concept of self-reliance. However, severe economic
declines have contributed to the country's struggle to maintain totalitarianism. North Korea is by
far the biggest country dealing with the message.
George Orwell’s 1984 proves to come true in present day North Korea through absolute obedience, government propaganda, and inclusive isolation. In the novel 1984, absolute obedience of the citizens is a requirement for a functional communist government. Complete control of the citizens minds allows no corrupt thought. In 1984 Syme says to Winston, “Don’t you see the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought, in the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible” and clarifies that this is necessary to the perseverance of Big Brother’s Regime. In North Korea, Kim Jong Il makes sure no one questions his governmental ways, and to follow through with that. Big Brother also appears as an entity that one would like very much, like your own brother, while Kim Jong II tries to become visible as a friend of the people. These tactics are very effective on a mass of people who know nothing more than what is good for the government. What Big Brother and Kim Jong II have done is stripped the human being of his or her consciousness. Both Big Brother and Kim Jong II will never think thoughts that ordinary people would think because they have been brainwashed and taught that obedience to the party, or Kim Jong Il, is top...