1984 - Dr. Karen Erickson Honors Symposium October 13, 2006...

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Dr. Karen Erickson Honors Symposium October 13, 2006 1984: A Political Warning Fascism, totalitarianism, and communism are considered appalling ideas when it comes to government today. They remind one of past governments ruled over by controlling authority figures such as Hitler in Germany, Stalin in the Soviet Union, and Mussolini in Italy. In 1949, however, the Cold War had not yet intensified, and many Americans actually supported the idea of communism. Therefore, George Orwell wrote 1984 in order to warn the masses of the horrific outcome that is possible in a totalitarian government. Orwell, living in Europe during World War II, observed many socialist and communist governments in Europe and was deeply disturbed by the cruelties and oppressions taking place in these countries. He wanted to warn the Western nations of the lengths a totalitarian government would go simply to sustain their power. The Party in the novel would re-write history and the language so people did not even have the option to rebel or even remember what life was like in times before the Party. In the novel, Winston notes, “And when memory failed and written records were falsified—when that happened, the claim of the Party to have improved the conditions of human life had got to be accepted, because there did not exist, and never again could exist, any standard against which it could be tested” (96). Winston’s thoughts explain how much trouble the Party
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course HONR 100 taught by Professor Erickson during the Fall '06 term at CSB-SJU.

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