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The Totalitarian Grip On 1984 Essay

942 words - 4 pages

English 12 CP
10/25/11
The Totalitarian Grip On 1984
In 1949 George Orwell, penname of English writer Eric Blair, wrote a satire of Communism in Russia. Although the story was meant to be fictitious, Blair’s thinking has been revered as prophetic and could be argued as a guide for a hypothetical modern society. The various dystopian characteristics of London-1984, the city and time in which the main character Winston Smith lives, provide some basis for a comparison to today’s society in America. However the country is lacking the key concept displayed in Blair’s novel, the overwhelming control of a totalitarian state. In 1984 the goal of the Party is to have extreme control over the ...view middle of the document...

The second important necessity for Party power is socio-emotional control. The Party must control the history of Oceania in order to keep the masses in the dark so that they may repeat the mistakes of their past. “‘Who controls the past’, ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.’” (Part 1, Chapter 3, pg. 37). Because humans and animals use the past to learn what they should or should not do, the Party’s total control and misuse of history leads lies to be swallowed easily and accepted by the general public. This allows the Party to stay in power, essentially forever. Furthermore, emotional connection has been stripped away so as to provide a means of stability for the Party, who only want love to be toward Big Brother. “The terrible thing that the Party had done was to persuade you that mere impulses, mere feelings, were of no account, while at the same time robbing you of all power over the material world.” (Part 2, Chapter 7, pg. 165). The Party desires people to be empty controllable shells, and to not covet better items or status. Instead they want them to accept their status and enjoy it while it lasts.
The last key idea in the design of complete control is the physical body belonging to the state rather than the individual. Under the watchful eye of the telescreens there is no privacy. “Your worst enemy, he reflected, was your own nervous system. At any moment the tension inside you was liable to translate itself into some visible symptom.” (Part 1, Chapter 6, pg. 64). With these useful inventions every emotion, expression, and word is picked up and analyzed by the...

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