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?
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.
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.
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.