Utopia And 1984 Essay

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Oceania is the country where the book 1984 takes place. Its society is far from that of Utopia’s. In Oceania there is no freedom not even to think. They are even creating a new form of English called Newspeak in which all the words that have anything to do with rebellion are deleted. The country is always at war and constantly uses propaganda and mind control tactics to control its populace.
In the book 1984 the ruling party tries to control everything even down to the way people think by telling them bad things are good and good things are bad. In 1984, “From where Winston stood it was just possible to read, picked out on its white face in elegant lettering, the three slogans of the Party: ...view middle of the document...

Both of them were dressed in the blue shorts, grey shirts, and red neckerchiefs which were the uniform of the Spies” (Orwell 29). In contrast the Utopians hold free thinking in very high regard. In Utopia, “They are unwearied pursuers of knowledge; for when we had given them some hints of the learning and discipline of the Greeks, concerning whom we only instructed them (for we know that there was nothing among the Romans, except their historians and their poets, that they would value much), it was strange to see how eagerly they were set on learning that language.” (More 2.38)
Oceania is a place controlled by one entity (The Party). Constant war is made by The Party and lies and contradictions are constantly being used as mind control techniques. The is a concept created by the Party called “doublethink” in which people are dehumanized because in their minds they know something but all the information they have says that what they know is not true (Deery). In 1984, “The Party said that Oceania had never been in alliance with Eurasia. He, Winston Smith, knew that Oceania had been in alliance with Eurasia as short a time as four years ago. But where did that knowledge exist? Only in his own consciousness, which in any case must soon be annihilated. And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed—if all records told the...

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