1984 Totalitarianism Analysis

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The book, 1984, is based on the life events of Winston Smith, a thirty-nine-year-old man who works in the Records Department of the Ministry of Truth. This novel takes place in Oceania, and the Party has all of the power. The leader of the Party is Big Brother. People in this society are forced to follow the rules of the Party to prevent them from forming their own ideas and opinions. If the Party discovers anyone breaking the rules or committing thoughtcrime, they enforce the necessary punishment, such as public hanging. Although, even with the high risk of begging caught for breaking the rules, there is a group called the Brotherhood whose goal is to overthrow the Party.
Winston Smith is very aggravated with the Party, and he begins to rebel against it. For example, he begins recording his thoughtcrimes in an illegal diary and having an affair with a woman named Julia. Winston also decides to rent an apartment for this affair. Both of them know that they will get caught eventually, but that does not prevent them from ending their affair. The novel continues, and Winston receives a
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Totalitarianism is a political system that controls the citizens of a country by implementing complete power that can not be opposed. The political system in Oceania is completely totalitarian, and there are many examples in the novel that prove this. One example is, the control of language. In Oceania, a new language called Newspeak was being incorporated into society to prevent citizens from forming their own ideas or opinions (10). The Party also controlled all of the information the citizens received. For example, “Winston’s job was to rectify the original figures by making them agree with the later ones” (50). Citizens of Oceania were also forced to participate in mandatory exercise routines, even if they were in bad health (40). These are just a few examples of how the Party controlled the