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The Real Big Brother: Orwell’s Influences To Write The Political Satire 1984

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At a time when nothing seemed to be in order, George Orwell wrote a book about complete control over everything. The world was at war for the second time when Orwell wrote this book about a controlling country ruled by an evil man named Big Brother, and a man named Winston who fought against the corruption. Orwell changed the world with his work which put tragic events in perspective for people who were not directly affected by the struggles of war and violence. George Orwell, as a democratic socialist, used the Russian Revolution and World War II, his abuse in school, and his role as a soldier in the Spanish Civil War to write his dystopian novel 1984.
George Orwell was influenced by the outcome of the Russian Revolution and World War II which caused him to fear a totalitarian government. Orwell grew up around the time of World War II. Out of fear, he was greatly influenced by the Nazis very much because he was afraid of them. They struck fear into the hearts of all of their opposition and were very dangerous. That left a lasting impression on Orwell as he was growing up and maturing as a writer. Nothing scared Orwell as much as the thought of a dominating form of government. He never wanted to live under those types of laws. He enjoyed the freedom of being independent and making his own decisions. In 1984, Big Brother was the feared ruler of Oceania and he controlled everything. He had a secret police force that only answered to him and they watched everyone at all times. He controlled every aspect of the country. The idea of a controlling ruler is similar to Hitler. Both men ruled with an iron fist and did anything they wanted to. A quote that was in the first chapter of 1984 directly relates to this topic, “War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength” (Orwell 4). Some people believe that peace is not possible, but Orwell hated that idea. He focused on the positives and the good that came out of the war. Most people find it hard to see any good come from war, but George Orwell found a way to do it. He felt that with the freedom of choice and independence, people were more likely to achieve greatness and happiness (“1984” 2).
Abuse of power was also a reoccurring theme found throughout the novel. Big Brother and The Party had the power to change the official records of their country to make themselves look better. If someone would begin to think independently or against the government, they would be erased from history. The Party would then make that person disappear from society and nobody would ever hear from them again. They abused their power similar to how Stalin abused his. Communism was supposed to be a system of social organization in which all activity was controlled by a totalitarian state dominated by a single political party. Stalin changed that idea while he was ruling and overused his power quite frequently. Neither The Party nor Stalin were ever pleased with the power they already had. They always wanted more. In...

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