1984 and Today

1984 and Today - Pauline Gritsaenko 1 1984 and Todays...

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Pauline Gritsaenko 1 1984 and Today’s Society It is hard to imagine a world without freedom, like the one portrayed in George Orwell’s book 1984 , especially one in the near future. Our society stands for freedom and justice, but sometimes Big Brothers dystopian society can be comparable to today’s world. Modern societies, in some places of the world, have common characteristics to those of 1984’s totalitarian reign. In today’s world, to begin with, many world leaders and the government go through similar reigns of Big Brothers totalitarian ways. The government claims they work solely in benefit of the society. In reality, the government, most of the times take away our personal freedoms and liberties leaving us feeling hopeless and unworthy. “In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that claim sooner or later: the logic of their position demanded it. Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality was tacitly denied by their philosophy” (Orwell 80). This text plays into the theme of psychological control that the government had over Oceania. In this case, Winston sees that the fear the Party’s inflict on society allows them to control the minds of their people. This similar psychological control can be seen in today’s society. Through John Wesley and Ivan Pavlov people have learned the way of manipulating the mind through brainwashing. Dictators like Big Brother would use conditioning techniques to inflict fear until it was unbearable then new behavior patterns would
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