Response To George Orwell's 1984

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“George Orwell’s 1984 is the expression of a mood, and it is a warning. The mood it expresses is that of near despair about the future of man, and the warning is that unless the course of history changes, men all over the world will lose their most human qualities, will become soulless automatons, and will not even be aware of it” (313). Erich Fromm’s afterword from Nineteen Eighty-Four depicts one of the most apparent themes in the book- the dangers of a totalitarian government. The Party of Oceania controls everything, from where you work to what you think. Their influence is so great that they can even change what happened in the past. Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four is a cautionary tale of what can happen if the power of government grows out of control. Through Winston’s…show more content…
In every room and on every street the Party has eyes on every citizen at all times. Nothing you did or said went unnoticed as Winston describes, “You had to live, did live… in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every moment was scrutinized” (3). He says that the habit of watching what you say and do eventually becomes instinct. Parents aren’t even safe from their own kids. The Party has enlisted kids in their Junior Spies program, a program that teaches kids to monitor adults and report any disloyal behavior to the Party. The Party has made it so that no one can be trusted. Winston’s downfall finally comes when he and Julia are in the one place they feel the most safe, Charrington’s Shop. As he and Julia are lying bed talking, the telescreen hidden behind the picture or St. Clement’s Lake starts talking back, moments later the Thought Police bursts in and arrests them both. We learn that Charrington works for the party and has betrayed Winston. This reveals that no one can be trusted and the Party is always one step ahead of

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