Is Government Control Justified and Assured in 1984? Essay

Submitted By omerozair
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Topic: Is government control justified and assured in 1984?

Important words: The word justified means assured, certified, just, and entitled. Something or someone that is justified is exempt from any guilt or sanction. Thesis: In the world of nineteen eighty- four, the government justifies and assures total control over its society by the use of advanced invasive technology, control over information of history, and by keeping control over relationships.

Argument #1:

Topic sentence: The government control in society is justified and assured by the use of advanced invasive technology.


"It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself – anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face (to look incredulous when a victory was announced, for example) was itself a punishable offense. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime, it was called."
(Orwell 1984, page 65)

• Prove that the telescreen was a way to spy • People were always being watched which created fear.


"Smith!" screamed the shrewish voice from the telescreen. '6079 Smith W! Yes you! bend lower, please! You can do better than that. You're not trying. Lower, please! That's better, comrade."
(Orwell 1984, page39)

• Show how the people reacted with fear and obedience.

Argument #2:

Topic sentence: The government control in society is justified and assured by the total control of information of the past.


"And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed – if all records told the same tale – then the lie passed into history and became truth. "Who controls the past," ran the Party slogan, "controls the future: who controls the present controls the past." And yet the past, though of its nature alterable, never had been altered. Whatever was true now was true from everlasting to everlasting. It was quite simple. All that was needed was an unending series of victories over your own memory. "Reality control," they called it: in Newspeak, "doublethink.""
(Orwell 1984, page 18)

• Prove that the people were living in constant fear of the government, as fear is the way