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Totalitarian Goverments In George Orwell’s Novel 1984

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Humans are defined by their personalities. The development of personalities stems from the freedom to express and interact with other humans. They are judged by their mental and emotional stability, as well as their physical appearances. When dealing with an oppressed society, one can often develop a apathetic personality, due to the surrounding messages that are forced upon them. In George Orwell’s novel 1984, he warns Americans about the dangers of totalitarian government systems, and how oppressing power can alter both humans and society in a short amount of time. He also warns how human interaction can become more limited within the society due to this overwhelming power, thus, changing the language, and way of life, within the cities. With this, citizens lose their sense of individuality, and are robbed of their personal thoughts and expressions, leaving them to a society of silence and dullness. In George Orwell’s novel 1984, he demonstrates how those who accept being oppressed by totalitarian power, eventually become isolated and emotionally modified by society, resulting in their loss of individuality.
In the beginning of 1984, Orwell expresses how those living in an oppressed society ultimately becomes oblivious to the uncontrollable power, resulting in individuals accepting the views of their leaders. The government, otherwise known as Big Brother, monitors everyone’s actions in the town of Oceania, and leaves them with no power to have any individual rights. Emmanuel Goldstein, is the head of the anti-totalitarian organization, called “The Brotherhood.” While Emmanuel was giving a speech, the telescreen switched to Big Brother who was offering words of encouragement, attempting to restore confidence within the public: “WAR IS PEACE. FREEDOM IS SLAVERY. IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH. But the face of Big Brother seemed to persist for several seconds on the screen, as though the impact that it had made on everyone’s eyeballs were too vivid to wear off immediately” (Orwell 16). The citizens of Oceania are oppressed by the government. They repeat their messages, in order to leave an imprint on the people. Their slogans are the opposite of what the average human would think. Stating that violence is peace, and being completely oppressed, is a sense of freedom and individuality. The government's goal is to ‘brainwash’ everyone in Oceania and to make them believe that no personal thoughts, languages, or actions, can benefit you. Creating a communism/socialism government keeps everyone equal while also maintaining order in the society.With this, Big Brother begins to alter their citizens’ thinking as young as possible, which includes training young kids as members of the Thought Police. Winston, one of the few rebellious citizens, has a neighbor named Mrs. Parsons, whose children are soon to be members of the Thought Police: “Nearly all children nowadays were horrible. What was worst of all was that by means of such organizations as the Spies they...

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