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Headlong's acclaimed production of George Orwell's dystopian novel gets an all-Australian cast

“You’re seeing yourself reflected in it because it’s opaque,” says a character in Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s slippery and intriguing adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 . “It’s a mirror. Every age sees itself reflected.”

As the timelines layer and repeat within the production, and characters dissolve into each other, it becomes increasingly hard as an audience member to discern  who said these lines or what it is, exactly, they’re speaking about. Is it someone in a book club, studying Orwell’s novel? Is it someone under the rule of the ideological Ingsoc, speaking about the rebellious book The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism ? Or is it someone, hinted at in Orwell’s appendix to the novel, who has survived Ingsoc and rejected Newspeak, and is studying the remnants of Winston Smith’s diary from that fabled year?

We spend most of the play with Winston (Tom Conroy) as he uncomfortably navigates the regimented world of Oceania in 1984, but continually succumbs to its rules. When barked at by the voice from the telescreen, he obeys and bends over in an attempt to touch his toes. He goes to work and erases the records of people’s lives, shaping the past in the party’s favour. His rebellions are small, hidden, and largely inconsequential: in thoughtcrime, in a diary, in a secretive tryst.

Weaving the appendix through the text, Icke and Macmillan make explicit a crucial part of Orwell’s intent: the knowledge that this society can fall. But even so, Winston and Julia’s (Ursula Mills) secret relationship feels like a failure of subversion in every step. We’re told a kinder world will return – but not through these private sneers and secret thoughts.

Just as reading Orwell’s book invites the reader to reflect on the world of 1948 he was writing in, designer Chloe Lamford shows us an approximation of late ’40s London: a formal reading room of wooden panelling; cardigans and button-downs. The effect is to make us perceive Orwell’s imagined future simultaneously in our past and always just ahead; as audience members we’re invited to look backward and forward, all at once, imagining the world to be never learning from its mistakes.

This classic and practical design is augmented by the modern theatrical trappings of Natasha Chivers’ lighting – blinding us or plunging us into darkness – and Tom Gibbons’ sound, reverberating out from the stage and across the auditorium, or featuring nothing more than the eerie tick of a clock. With video (Tim Reid) projected above the stage, we are always reminded of Big Brother’s eyes, but it is only as Julia and Winston occupy their secret room – off stage and believing themselves to be away from prying computer eyes – that we in the audience become Big Brother, watching their unfolding relationship writ large on screens.

Throughout, Icke and Macmillan play with visual stage trickery: bodies seem to switch as they pass behind walls; the simple act of placing a young girl on stage in this adult world feels disarming; we watch the utter destruction of Lamford’s set. Like all people living under Ingsoc, we are shown a construct. We see what they want us to see; we know what they want us to know.

There is an awkwardness and stiffness to most of the cast, whose performances in this local iteration are directed by the associate director of the Australian tour, Corey McMahon. The exceptions are Conroy, whose naturalistic performance conveys his inner pain, and Terence Crawford, as the stoic O’Brien, who is in total control. The awkwardness exists, perhaps, to mimic the discomfort of Newspeak: as verbal language is shrunk, so too is physical language; as physical language is monitored, it becomes studied and regimented.

But it is crucial to Orwell’s 1984 that Newspeak has not yet become the primary language; that most people within his dystopian future use a language that allows for complexity. By depicting even the ostensibly sympathetic Julia as awkward and stiff, the work carries sense of coldness that permeates not only through the politics of Orwell’s authoritarian society, but even those who could be our rebels. On stage, perhaps, Oceania is too mannered for us to connect with.

Icke and Macmillan’s adaptation – often directly using Orwell’s language – functions  as an inquiry into the book: how do we remember it, and how can it shift under stage lights? It’s often a rich analysis – but sometimes the book doesn’t hold up to the pressure of this staging. At times, amongst the flash and the noise, 1984 feels too much like a thriller – crafted simply to entertain.

The work’s real-world mirrored reflection isn’t dwelt upon or made explicit (and given that this production premiered in 2013, it’s almost impossible now to remember the work would have been reflecting at that time). Now, the mirrored reflection is of Trump, Brexit, Syria, Nauru. Or, for those on the opposite side of the political spectrum, almost certainly something else. Any real-world contemporary comparisons are there because we place them there. The work feels relevant, like a warning – but mostly that is the mirror speaking. In Orwell’s book, a totalitarian government attempts to suppress dissent by narrowing down language to shut down thought. But Orwell’s book expanded our language: even for those who haven’t read 1984, Newspeak, doublethink, Big Brother all now influence the way we understand and talk about the world. 1984 becomes a mirror because Orwell empowered us with a new language to appropriate into our lives as we fit the words around our world. After Trump’s election, sales of 1984 rose , as people again turned to it to understand their world. But the book’s existence in shops or presence on stage crucially does one thing: it disproves Orwell’s thesis. Because at least for today, we are still able to imagine.

This production of 1984 was reviewed at the Australian Premiere at State Theatre Company of South Australia.

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George Orwell’s 1984 is presented as a cautionary story of what our future could be headed towards. Orwell’s writing comes out of a passion for freedom, justice and more than anything, truth. The novel is a dark and twisted representation of a dystopian society, where the government has complete control over its subjects. Oceania’s totalitarian government and Big Brother, the person who ostensibly leads this government, takes full control of its clueless members minds, values, and their lives as whole. Big Brother takes control by using brain washing and various forms of propaganda to influence the citizens of Oceania. Orwell casts the theme of totalitarianism in 1984 through the acts of Big Brother, its control

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As the electronic eyes shrink in size, Big Brother grows even bigger. (Hancock 1995, 1) Cameras can turn into instruments of abuse, even to effectiveness of telescreens that did in Winston and many of his kind. The wired society is a creeping phenomenon because there are no regulations or laws to protect against video surveillance. (Hancock 1995, 2) Our poor character Winston was subject to a harsher type of surveillance than what has been seen, but with no regulation the possibilities are very real that a system that did the work on the people of Big Brother can exist in our society today. George Orwell amazingly portrayed a anti-utopian world in witch everyone was caught up by the strong possibility that there being watched, and if/when they foul up, there next in line to be reconditioned. Even Winston knew the great power of

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One parallel from modern day life to George Orwel’s 1984 is the Telescreens or “big brother is watching you” to the NSA’s surveillance. In the novel the telescreen is a device similar to a TV combined with a security camera. The device is used by the party to monitor the behavior of the inner and outer party members and to insure that they are not plotting against the party. The people of the inner and outer party have very little to no privacy.

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To be specific, Winston’s life thus far has been making a turn for the better—obtaining his diary, meeting new colleagues, and acquainting himself with Julia—until he is caught by the Thought Police. The fact that telescreens reveal themselves around Charrington’s attic confirms my prediction that Winston will find trouble with the telescreen.

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Orwell uses telescreen as the main and the most visible symbol in the book. Telescreens are used in the book to show how the party/big brother control people and every human aspects. Not only does the party control them they listen and watch them. For instance, when Winston

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Winston and his friends are all affected by the telescreen since telescreens are everywhere and there's nowhere to escape from it. The only people who do not have telescreens are the proles. The proles do not have telescreens because they are considered unimportant and a waste for time. People like O’brien ,who are in the inner party, can turn off the telescreen for 15 minutes.”you can turn it off! he said. “Yes”said O’brien, “we can turn it. We have that privilege” (pg. 169). Winston on the other hand can never turn off his telescreen the only time that he could get some privacy is at night since the telescreen does not have night vision, But the thought police can still hear what's going on.

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The telescreen cannot be turned off which gives us another glimpse into its purpose. The telescreen is designed to monitor and capture every conversation of a Party member whether it be at home, work, or even in their sleep. The telescreen also functions as a deterrent for crime. People are less likely to commit a crime knowing that Big Brother is watching. The inner Party members have the special privilege of turning off their telescreens as does O’Brien during his meeting with Julia and Winston. “The new catechumens, so unused to luxury and privacy—the telescreen is amazingly turned off—are nervous, uneasy, but above all awestruck. O’Brien is so clearly a man of power”(Twayne 81); Throughout London, Winston sees posters showing a man gazing down over the words “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU” everywhere he goes. Big Brother is the face of the Party.” On each landing, opposite the lift shaft, the poster with the enormous face gazed from the wall. It was one of those pictures which were so contrived that the eyes follow you about when you move”(Orwell 1). The citizens are told that he is the leader of the nation and the head of the Party, but Winston can never determine whether or not he actually exists. In any case, the face of Big Brother symbolizes the Party in its public manifestation; he is a reassurance to most

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In the novel 1984 by George Orwell, the main character Winston along with several others are under constant surveillance by the government also known as Big Brother. The use of technology plays a major role in the government's control of the citizens in the society. There should be a system put in place in order to avoid a totalitarian government from having dominating control. In 1984 there are parallels with the world we currently live in today when it comes to the government watching its citizens and monitoring what they do and who they do it with.

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Surveillance is an extremely prevalent issue in today’s society. Whether it be through CCTV in shopping centres or even through your phone. In George Orwell’s novel ‘Nineteen-Eighty Four’, surveillance is seen everywhere, and is practically how the world runs. In many instances main character, Winston Smith, is described to be avoiding certain spots in his home to be hidden from all of the cameras. The main being the ‘telescreen’, which is Orwell’s version of the modern television.

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Firstly, telescreens play a very imperative role in 1984. The party use telescreens mainly for monitoring all members. Microphones are also hidden all across the city for an even better atmosphere of supervision. The party controls the telescreen by broadcasting propaganda about Oceania’s military victories, economic production figures, the nation anthem, and the Two Minute Hate Films. “Big Brother is Watching You” (3) is a slogan that is always shown or mentioned using telescreens. This itself is intimidating

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While Winston is being scanned, the camera zooms into an MCU shot of Winston’s head and the camera perspective is made to be from the viewpoint of the telescreen that is scanning him. This shot type is juxtaposed with a shot in which the telescreen is incessantly flashing in the background behind Winston as he sits on his desk. These filming styles highlight the prominence of the telescreen and portray it as an omnipotent force controlling Winston’s actions and facial expressions through fear. Because of the presence of this telescreen and the other surveillance cameras throughout this oppressive society, Winston is made to repress his feelings of contempt and discontent within the oppressive regime of Big Brother. More importantly, the fear of these surveillance cameras forces Winston to repress any animalistic urges he has, such as the urge to express his libido for Julia.

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To begin with, in George Orwell’s 1984 novel, the writer talks about different issues that happened to societies all over the world,1 George Orwell demonstrates how governments or in precise leaders rule the land they hold, they change good things to bad, or they narrow it to the point that you can’t do otherwise to except it. 2 and how you must obey their orders, also he missioned the 3relationship between the government and the people and how it’s so fragile there is no trust among them.4 Winston addresses the telescreen, where the party sets it everywhere to observe every detail in public’s lives. People like to believe that the administration sets certain regulation to the safety of the public’s. Is this really an act for protection or to monitor their moves?

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1984 is a political novel composed for the people under a totalitarian government and to give awareness for the possible risks of it. George Orwell, the author, purposefully created the book give emphasis to the rising of communism in Western countries who are still uncertain about how to approach it. He also wrote it due to having an insight of the horrendous lengths to which authoritarian governments that could possibly go beyond their power such as Spain and Russia. Before Cold War, numerous American savvy people actually think that socialism is a good way of governing people and there’s no direct relationship between democracy and communist. On the other hand, Orwell was profoundly aggravated by brutalities and persecutions he saw in those nations and worried by the job of innovation in empowering abusive governments to screen and how they treated their people.

Winston works in the Ministry of Truth, where he changes chronicled records to fit the necessities of the Party. He sees a partner, a great diminish haired young woman, looking at him, and stresses that she is a source who will hand him over for his thoughtcrime. The Party affirms that Oceania has reliably been lined up with Eastasia in a war against Eurasia, yet Winston seems to survey a period when this was not substantial. The Party in like manner ensures that Emmanuel Goldstein, the alleged pioneer of the Brotherhood, is the riskiest man alive and possible to happen Winston. Winston goes through his evenings wandering through the poorest neighborhoods in London, where the proletarians, or proles, live smeared lives, decently free of Party checking.

Julia and Winston begin a mystery undertaking, reliably cautious for signs of Party watching. Over the long haul they rent a room over the utilized store in the prole district where he bought the diary. This relationship continues for a long time. He is sure that they will be called and rebuked sooner while Julia is more realistic and hopeful. As Winston’s issue with Julia propels, his contempt for the Party grows progressively genuine He found that O’Brien is a Party spy who basically put on a show to be a person from the Brotherhood with the ultimate objective to trap Winston into presenting an open exhibition of rebellion to the Party. All through the novel, Winston has had rehashing awful dreams about rodents; O’Brien right now ties a fenced in area stacked with rodents onto Winston’s head.

The possibility of “doublethink” rises as an essential outcome of the Party’s monstrous battle of expansive scale mental control. Basically, doublethink is the capacity to hold two opposing thoughts in a single’s brain in the meantime. As the Party’s mind-control strategies separate a person’s ability for autonomous idea, it ends up feasible for that person to think whatever the Party lets them know, even while having data that runs counter to what they are being told. At the Hate Week rally, for example, the Party moves its discretionary devotion, so the country it has been at war with all of a sudden turns into its partner, and its previous partner turns into its new adversary. At the point when the Party speaker all of a sudden changes the country he alludes to as an adversary amidst his discourse, the group acknowledges his words instantly, and is embarrassed to find that it has made the wrong signs for the occasion. Similarly, individuals can acknowledge the Party services’ names, however they negate their capacities: the Ministry of Plenty supervises monetary deficiencies, the Ministry of Peace takes up arms, the Ministry of Truth conducts publicity and recorded revisionism, and the Ministry of Love is the focal point of the Party’s activities of torment and discipline.

In 1984, Orwell depicts the ideal authoritarian culture, the most extraordinary acknowledgment comprehensible of a cutting edge government with total power. The title of the novel was intended to show to its readers in 1949 that the story spoke to a genuine probability for the not so distant future: if tyranny were not restricted, the title proposed, some variety of the world portrayed in the novel could turn into a reality in just thirty-five years. Orwell depicts a state in which government screens and controls each part of human life to the degree that notwithstanding having an unfaithful idea is illegal. As the novel advances, the meekly defiant Winston Smith embarks to test the points of confinement of the Party’s capacity, just to find that its capacity to control and subjugate its subjects predominates even his most neurotic originations of its span. As the audience comes to comprehend through Winston’s eyes, The Party utilizes various strategies to control its nationals, every one of which is its very own imperative topic in the novel. The Party controls each wellspring of data, overseeing and changing the substance everything being equal and narratives for its very own finishes. The Party does not enable people to track their past, for example, photos or archives. Subsequently, recollections end up fluffy and problematic, and subjects turn out to be superbly ready to trust whatever the Party lets them know. By controlling the present, the Party can control the past. Furthermore, in controlling the past, the Party can legitimize the majority of its activities in the present.

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Central Idea Essay: How Does Mind Control Work?

While the Party controls Oceania’s culture, economy, and political system in 1984 , it can never execute totalitarian control until it gains control of the citizens’ minds. The bulk of the Party’s energy, therefore, is spent on capturing and maintaining control over people’s thoughts and feelings. The Party’s widespread use of surveillance prevents citizens from organizing to overthrow it. Throughout the novel, Winston walks past posters reminding him that “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU.” The telescreen in his home, which cannot be turned off, has the power to monitor his movements and issue orders to him to correct his behavior. Cameras and recording devices are frequently planted in public areas.

Orwell takes this method of social control from the writings of eighteenth-century English philosopher Jeremy Bentham, who designed new structures for prisons that would allow the guards to watch prisoners while preventing the prisoners from seeing the guards. Bentham believed that over time, prisoners would internalize the surveillance of the guards and stop engaging in criminal behavior when released from prison.

Winston Smith has psychologically internalized the Party’s surveillance, and monitors his own actions and thoughts accordingly. His struggle not to think subversive thoughts, even when he is sure he is being monitored, critiques the soundness of Bentham’s philosophy. When he and Julia meet up in the countryside, they at first refrain from speaking to each other, in case microphones or recording devices have been hidden in the bushes, but eventually they give in to their desire to be honest and open with each other.

Along with the Party’s authority, Winston has also internalized the Party’s fears and desires. When he edits the news report at the Ministry of Truth, he needs only to change a reference to an “unperson.” Instead, he invents Comrade Ogilvy, who is a perfect representative of everything the Party finds valuable: healthy, self-sacrificing, patriotic, chaste—all the things that Winston is not. Other characters have internalized the Party as well, like Winston’s neighbor Parsons, who praises his seven-year-old daughter for turning him in to the Party as a thought-criminal.

The Party also ensures control over citizens by disrupting personal loyalties to anything other than itself. Religion is outlawed, because it represents a commitment to an authority higher than a government. The family unit is disrupted, as children are encouraged to spy on their parents and report any counter-Party behavior or attitudes. Suppression of sex outside of marriage prevents people from forming bonds beyond Party-sanctioned relationships.

The work Winston does for the Ministry of Truth aims to make the Party’s authority seem eternal and inevitable, by erasing any evidence of mistakes, poor decisions, and opportunities for the Party’s actions to be criticized. The effect of his work at the Ministry of Truth is to confuse citizens and to make them doubt their own perceptions. When Winston mentions the photograph he found of Jones, Rutherford, and Aaronson to O’Brien, O’Brien insists that the photograph never existed because he does not remember seeing it. Hearing this, “Winston’s heart sank,” indicating that he has begun to surrender control of his own perceptions to O’Brien.

The Party exploits personal and collective fears to maintain Party loyalty and suppress revolt, both through the threat of violence and actual violence. One example is the cage of rats O’Brien threatens Winston with after bugging the secret room and learning Winston has an intense fear of rats. Winston is also severely beaten in the process of confessing, violence that he anticipates because “nobody spoke of such things, yet everybody knew of them.” The citizens know that the threat of violence is real and inevitable if they commit thoughtcrimes, without fully understanding how they know.

Another type of conditioning is seen in the cold, uncomfortable, unappetizing world 1984 is set in, where goods are restricted and basic household items are often hard to find. In his manifesto, Goldstein posits that the constant wars are partly an effort to consume resources that would otherwise be shared among the people, keeping them in a state of productive and exploitable discomfort while still believing that their standard of living is rising every year.

1984 is perhaps most famous for its exploration of the relationship between language and thought, and the way dishonest, inaccurate language leads to a breakdown of identity and the capacity for independent reasoning. Orwell was deeply concerned about how imprecise and euphemistic language dulled people’s capacity for critical thought, which he wrote about in his famous essay “Politics and the English Language.” Syme explains to Winston that the ultimate purpose of Newspeak is to eliminate thoughtcrime by removing nuance from thought and narrowing the range of ways to express it. By creating nonsensical jargon only understood by the few workers who employ it, the Party limits the potential of mass communication, which is necessary for successful rebellion. When Newspeak becomes the only language spoken in Oceania, Orwell implies, the Party’s control over the population will become total and absolute. The fact that the appendix is written in plain English, not Newspeak, offers hope that absolute Party control has not yet become a reality.

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1984 - power and control.

            The novel "1984" depicts a dystopian society, mainly that of Oceania, where the government has complete control and the individual holds virtually no power. 1984 is written by George Orwell and examines just how little power the individual has as well as what the totalitarian overhaul of a society can do. The novel's main focus is to provide a view into what the consequences are when the government abuses its power and makes no secret of it. Orwell's book is a thought provoking piece that effectively challenges our views of current and past governments throughout the world and throughout history.              Orwell writes about government control over the individual in a theoretically extreme way to show the potential consequences if the government possesses too much power, however it is not that dissimilar to current society. O'Brien states "Whatever the Party hold to be the truth is truth. It is impossible to see reality except by looking through the eyes of the Party" (pg 261). This says a lot about both the world we live in today and the world that Orwell saw, it tells us a great deal about constant governmental thirst for power and their willingness to skew the way we see the world whether it be through media, propaganda, etc; it also shows Orwell's concern for what could happen if the government had no limitations on its power. Orwell sheds light on the Party's desperation to maintain control by writing this but also, on our willingness to believe. The extremes used assist in providing the negative attitude towards the Party and showing Orwell's concern of elites having too much power. The author also uses imagery to give the reader an idea of the extent of the government's power through its intensity. However, Orwell does provide a solution for positive social change when Winston writes in his diary "Freedom is the freedom to say two plus two makes four. If that is granted, all else follows" (pg.

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In 1984, George Orwell portrays the society of Oceania as a land without freedom. ... This is the main reason why the party is so successful in having total have power over its people; they could control them in every way possible, even through their thoughts. ... The main reason or idea behind the party's control over the citizens is that the power which the leaders hold in the first place can be maintained or preserved. They do not control the citizens for power, but to hold their power in hopes of becoming "immortal". ... Plato's theory on the desire for power being fueled by t...

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1984's Themes Could the world in 1984 ever really exist? ... Three major themes of the novel are danger or totalitarianism, language as a mind control, and control of history which tied together the plot and messages in 1984. ... The Party modify the structure of language to make it impossible to even conceive of disobedient or rebellious thoughts, because there would be no words with which to think them Control of History is another important theme in 1984; The Party controls every source of information, managing and rewriting the content of all newspapers and histories for its own...

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In George Orwell's 1984, the Party of the totalitarian country Oceania, which deceives the people through tricks and lies in order to maintain its power. It reveals how an authority utilize technology, propaganda, centralized power and force to control people's behaviors and thoughts. Since Winston, the hope of rebellion also surrendered to the Party in the end, the story alarms the society by a gray and sad ending, and also reminds the society of not abusing power to control people. However, nowadays governments are still manipulating the society and control the people by their over...

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Clearly mass control is an issue today, with globalization gathering more and more momentum by the day. ... In other words, personal power against these mass institutions and operations is increasingly squashed by imperialistic assertion of US/globalised power in the world, in some ways like Winston Smith's little rebellion is squashed. ... Thus our rights and freedoms are being eroded, but not through any overt Big Brother mass control rather, through the wielding of big words in the media by the president and others. ... Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein are today's versions of Goldstei...

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Oceania, the society in the novel 1984, is run by an oligarchy. ... (p.180) These lies are how the inner Party members are able to keep all the others control. ... Like Big Brother, George Bush uses power to make his own decisions. ... In the book, Goldstein discusses how the society in 1984 is divided into different classes. These classes were established to keep the people oppressed, and allow Big Brother and the Inner Party members to control all the others. ...

The government may control what Winston eats, drinks, and what job he works at, but ultimately the government can't have power over his inner rebellion. ... Having total control over society means having control over ones mind. ... The party may have control over your brain, but they will never have enough power to have control over your heart. ... "(136) There is not only one loving relationship between two people in 1984. ... In brief, authority may have power over how you dress...

Our political leaders should read the book 1984 by George Orwell. In this book, Orwell looks ahead to the year 1984 and shares his prophetic view of a totalitarian future. ... This is done under the Party's belief that "Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past." ... Many individuals have an insatiable thirst for power that can only be quenched by the oppression of others. ...

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1984 Control In 1984

“Who controls the past, controls the future. Who controls the present, controls the past.” This is the slogan that the Party conforms to in George Orwell’s novel, 1984. In this story, the citizens of Oceania are controlled and manipulated by a form of totalitarian government known as the Party. The Party withholds and alters the past to further their own goals and keep their citizens ignorant and under their control. Under totalitarian rule, all power is taken from the people and all knowledge is withheld or altered. The citizens are manipulated into thinking only one way, in order to impede rebellion. The concept of freedom is entirely abolished. When a totalitarian government is in power, they hold all knowledge and control the way …show more content…

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This torture also aids in forcing the people into one way of thinking. The Party brainwashes citizens into despising whomever they choose through an event called ‘The Two Minutes of Hate.’ This event gives the citizens an outlet in which they can release any pent up anger or hatred they have. The party provides a face, or target at which this anger is aimed towards on the telescreen. Winston goes along with everyone and states “Of course he chanted with the rest: it was impossible to do otherwise...to do what everyone else was doing, was an instinctive reaction.” Another example of psychological torture was when the Party exploited Winston’s greatest fear in order to force him into submission. In addition to psychological manipulation, the Party also uses physical torture to keep citizens in check and to reform them. When Winston is finally captured and detained by the thought police, he experiences horrendous torture. The Party tortures citizens so brutally that anyone who had experienced said torture, would be completely willing to betray anyone else, and admit to any crime in order to avoid the brutality a second time. When Winston is waiting the holding room he witnesses a man get beaten for offering a starving man food. The Party is quick to assault anyone that doesn’t do exactly as they say. When used …show more content…

The citizens become frightened into submission, unable to trust anyone, or retaliate effectively. For example, citizens have no time to themselves. Everything they do or say is being watched and recorded. Even if the people find time to themselves, their own private thoughts can cause them to give away something crucial in their facial features. Winston stated that “nothing was your own except the few cubic centimeters inside your own skull.” Furthermore, there is absolutely no one that you can trust. The few people that Winston put trust in betrayed him in the end. Even your own children are wholly ready to report you to the thought police if you reveal any suspicious behaviour. Your children are brainwashed, throughout their lives, into believing that this is what they’re supposed to do. You can’t trust anyone, so you’re completely own your own if you do decide to rebel. This shows how difficult it is for rebellion to take place when the people hold no power. There’s no time to think to yourself and no one to fully trust. The Party doesn’t have to worry about retaliation occurring if the ones under power don’t have the opportunity to retaliate in the first place. Nothing you do makes a difference. Your actions mean nothing. Your existence means nothing. This is how the Party retains their status of


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1984 Mode Of Control Analysis

1984 by george orwell: a literary analysis.

George Orwell’s 1984, has contains several out of the ordinary themes. From the opening of the novel Orwell paints Oceania as a gloomy, dingy place. He describes the physical emptiness of Oceania and hints at the decomposing of the human spirit. Toward the end of Section One, Orwell takes the reader deeper and begins to illustrate how the physical darkness of this totalitarian work is a reflection of the destruction of basic human values.

Too Much Power In George Orwell's '1984'

The party has done and will continue to do anything in their power to rule their people with absolutism. The party can take away the human right of privacy by installing telescreens on every wall. They have the power to demoralize all human instincts and individuality through oppressive conformity. The party has armed itself with the ability to disarm anyone who dares oppose the party in even the slightest way including tactics of brainwashing, fear, power, and a sense of patronization. However, no matter how hard the party tries, they will never be able

George Orwell Use Of Propaganda In The Novel 1984

Imagine being followed everywhere by a government agent. They’re watching your every move, and they’ll report you if you even make a wrong facial movement. This is essentially the case in George Orwell’s novel, 1984. Run by an English socialist government called the Party, the people’s every move is watched through telescreens. Citizens are not individual, but rather an extension of the Party. When they aren’t living up to Party standards, like the main character Winston, they are arrested and tortured in order to be controlled. People’s lives are controlled in as many ways as possible. The Party controls its people mainly through direct government interference, propaganda, and thought control.

1984 Victory Gin Analysis

Living through the first half of the twentieth century, George Orwell watched the rise of totalitarian regimes in Germany, Italy, Spain, and the Soviet Union. Fighting in Spain, he witnessed the brutalities of the fascists and Stalinists first hand. His experiences awakened him to the evils of a totalitarian government. In his novel 1984, Orwell paints a dark and pessimistic vision of the future where society is completely controlled by a totalitarian government. He uses symbolism and the character’s developments to show the nature of total power in a government and the extremes it will go through to retain that power by repressing individual freedom and the truth.

A Comparison Of 1984 'And The Handmaid's Tale'

The society of both novel, “1984” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” shares familiar methods in order to maintain higher power to control lower class citizens. Their absolute goal to gain complete dominance is through removing or destroying a piece of humanity in order for disobedience or rebellion to be impossible.

Means Of Control In The Book 1984 By George Orwell

The government uses many methods to control the people of Oceania. The people have no sense of privacy, freedom or independence. They have little say in their personal future. There are numerous physical methods of control they employ. Everyone is under complete surveillance as their every move is watched. The thought police also known as the secret police of Oceania, keep surveillance on the inhabitants of Oceania and physiologically manipulate them by placing telescreens in their homes, devices similar to

Techniques Used In Michael Levin's The Case For Torture

In Michael Levin’s “The Case for Torture”, he uses many cases of emotional appeal to persuade the reader that torture is necessary in extreme cases. There are many terms/statements that stick with the reader throughout the essay so that they will have more attachment to what is being said. Levin is particularly leaning to an audience based in the United States because he uses an allusion to reference an event that happened within the states and will better relate to the people that were impacted by it. The emotional appeals used in this essay are used for the purpose of persuading the reader to agree that in extreme instances torture is necessary and the United States should begin considering it as a tactic for future cases of extremity.

The Dystopian Language In George Orwell's 1984

Nineteen eighty-four is a highly constructed dramatic experience which effectively delineates totalitarianism and controlling governments within Oceania, revealed through its respectable language. The language used by Orwell critics how the dystopian land of Oceania was during the time of the cold war. Within the last paragraph of 1984, Orwell effectively depicts the dystopian world of Oceania and shows that through the extreme control of human nature by using INGSOC’s, the representation of big brother and the act of dehumanisation, portraying that the government is purely a one sided and controlling government. Through Orwell 's use of techniques, he prompts the reader to question the ideals totalitarianism and government control. Thus, the audience is informed that the totalitarian government has a vast amount of capabilities, that can be used ultimately to control the minds of individuals in 1984.

1984 Doublethink Analysis

Being able to believe two paradoxical statements at one time sounds impossible but it is more common than believed. It is called doublethink, which is the ability to hold two contradictory beliefs on a topic and wholeheartedly believing them both at the same time. This term was coined by George Orwell and it becomes the main tool for control over the citizens of Oceania in his novel 1984. Orwell created a totalitarian future in hopes it would serve as a warning to preceding generations as to how the government can metamorphose into having complete power over a population to the point where they even control the thought process of the human mind. Through government

Outline For 1984

2. One of the biggest warnings in 1984 is to lose the ability to think for yourself and doing what you want. The party actual manipulates the whole culture to their liking. Throughout the story, the party basically controls all of the members of the society. Their ability to think for themselves is suppressed. They even have tele-screens in every home and store to watch peoples every move. First of all it removes all the privacy of many people and removes their freedom to speak freely. They even have laws that may kill you if you speak, look, or even think of the party poorly. It is a warning that the government may manipulate the whole society in the future.

George Orwell 1984 Comparison Essay

George Orwell wrote 1984 as a warning to and vision of the future. Our society has many similarities with 1984. The United State government uses many similar tactics as the Party in 1984. They use brainwashing, surveillance, and lying to their people to keep their power.

Totalitarian Government In George Orwell's 1984

In 1949, a man predicted the domination of citizens by the totalitarian government and their custom of technologies to dictate the society. His name is George Orwell, a well-known British author, who wrote one of the most famous dystopian novels, 1984. The novel 1984 illustrates the totalitarian society and the life of Winston Smith, who works at the Ministry of truth and his humiliation by the party of the country, Oceania. George Orwell’s exaggeration and mockery of the totalitarian governments in the novel 1984 is now turning out to be one of the nightmare come true in our modern society.

1984 Dystopia Analysis

Orwell’s novel 1984 follows many common characteristics of dystopia by the persuasion of propaganda, the brainwashing of citizens, and a uniform lifestyle is integrated to please Big Brother and the Party which highlights their power. The Party controls propaganda and expectations in Oceania to make the citizens think and act a certain way, which dehumanizes them. Because the Party and Big Brother are shown with a large amount of power, it signifies the dominance of their presence in Oceania. Stories like 1984 can reveal a pattern between it and other dystopian tales by their shared

1984 And 1984 Comparison Essay

It’s crazy how many books and story lines can be so similar yet be written by different people and in different time periods. Brave New World was written in 1932 and in 1949 George Orwell published 1984, but both share some of the same elements. The movie The Hunger Games came out more recently, in 2012, and it is also somewhat similar to these novels. They all share the same dystopian elements, which include, futuristic, illusion of a perfect society, protagonist who rebels, and a totalitarian control. In Brave New World everyone must live according to the values of The World State, they are controlled through pleasure. In 1984 everyone lives under the control of Big Brother and The Party, they are monitored at all times and controlled through

The Power Of Power In George Orwell's 1984 By George Orwell

George Orwell’s 1984 has resonated with many who have experienced first-hand what life is like under a dictator. The novel describes how everything is controlled and monitored by the government and how even mere thoughts can be detected by ThoughtPolice. Readers get to experience Oceania’s system of ruling through the eyes of an Outer Party member, Winston Smith. At first, Winston is adamant to destroy The Party and its figurative leader Big Brother, but eventually is captured and converted into a lover of Oceania’s system of government. Children, although not playing a significant role in this book, are mentioned as devious little spies. They have the power to send even their own parents to the Ministry of Love to be tortured and converted back to orthodoxy. In 1984, George Orwell is effective in persuading younger generations of their power through the use of scare tactics, pathos, and ethos.

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