Ethics Final Paper - Krissy Bentley 1984 Paper 22 November...

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Krissy Bentley 1984 Paper 22 November 2011 Big Brother: The Overseer of Society In the novel, 1984 , George Orwell depicts a utopian society guarded by an unseen, largely unknown force known as “Big Brother.” His minions, the Thought Police, enforce his rules and regulations, and no one is exempt from his view. In the book, one man and one woman, Winston and Julia, attempt to defy Big Brother by engaging in such activities as writing in a diary, sexual relations with one another (being unapproved partners), and joining the Brotherhood (all of which are illegal in this society). In the end, the Brotherhood they join is penetrated by Party members, and even Winston and Julia, two of the most rebellious and opposed individuals in this, bow down to Big Brother and submit to his will. What makes this force, such a mysterious, illusive power, such a threat? What gives him his power? I would suggest that his control is derived from three different defining points: His deceptive name, the fact that he is untraceable and invisible, and because he doesn’t share his power. Additionally, the concepts applied today could mean the end of society, and this novel serves as a warning to rulers and individuals alike. Deceptive Name The name “Big Brother” would usually give off a good vibe and create a good feeling among most people. It depicts someone who looks out for you and defends you in any situation. Big Brother does advertise to do that; he looks out for you by watching you every moment of the day and night, and he supposedly “protects” his people from knowledge, creativity, and agency.
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Interestingly enough, his name also has another connotation- although an older brother is often looked upon with affection, the less-liked emotion sometimes associated with an older brother is fear. Being taller and stronger with more life experience, he sometimes can appear daunting. Most younger siblings would never attempt to oppose or fight their older brother because of a combination of this unspoken fear and admiration. Untraceable and Untouchable
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