1984 Family Relationships Essay

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Family relationships are usually based of on trust and the love each family member has for one another. In the case of the novel 1984 this is not true. George Orwell showed us how relationships were actually not based on trust in the novel. 1984 shows a world where no one has any mutual feelings towards one another, even towards their own children. The Parsons family is an example of the types of relationships a family had in 1984. Since relationships in 1984 between families were not suppose to be built on trust, there was actually no real relationships between family members and there was also a lack of trust. In the novel 1984 children are usually the ones to send their parents to jail if they commit any huge or minor crime against the Party. Having children be against their parents or have no sentimental attachment to them is a way the Party dehumanizes relationships. The novel 1984 portrays a specific family that fits the description of the lack of trust in a family. The Parsons family…show more content…
It was a win for the Thought Police because with the lack of attachment in families they could manipulate families into following in what the Party believed in. Since children are the easiest to manipulate they were the Thought Police’s target. Orwell describes how the children were being used, “The family had become in effect an extension of the Thought Police” (Orwell 133). We know by this quote why the Party decided to target the children in the families. Creating an idea that trust does not exist was a good thing for the Party because now the kids could tell on their parents. Children were used as spies for the Thought Police and the parents knew this. Parents were now aware of their own moves and so were their children. Parents could not trust their own kids as well as their kids could not trust their parents. The Party also destroyed trust and how relationships were looked upon by many
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