1984 - Word Count: 1,008 1984 George Orwell's 1984 is a...

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Word Count: 1,008 1984 George Orwell’s  1984  is a frightening, dystopian novel with a look into a highly  oppressive dictatorship with every aspect of every citizen’s life being controlled. The novel was  written in 1949, at the beginning of the “nuclear age,” in an attempt to warn all Western nations  against the temptation of a totalitarian government, which would lead to complete societal  degradation – there is no freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, or even  freedom of thought. The nation at the center of  1984  is Oceania – with its capital in London,  England. Oceania’s leader is introduced as Big Brother and is never given any other name. The  government holds complete control over the entire society and all individuals through  psychological manipulation, physical control, and the overhaul of language in order to control  the mind.  The Party bombards its citizens with psychological stimuli and propaganda which  overwhelms the mind’s capacity to consider principles and ideologies opposite those of the  party, as well as personal opinions and emotions. One way of achieving this is through the  telescreen present in every citizen’s room which emits a constant stream of propaganda designed  to make the Party seem without fault. The telescreens display facts and figures about “successes” 
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and progress being made which in a democratic society would otherwise be complete failures  and shortcomings. Another way that Party implements psychological manipulation is through  intimidation… It uses the telescreens not only as a way of communication but also as tool for 
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This essay was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course POLI 100 taught by Professor Rabinowitz during the Spring '07 term at UNC.

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1984 - Word Count: 1,008 1984 George Orwell's 1984 is a...

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