Today Vs 1984 Essay

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Today vs 1984 Dystopia is characterized through the perception of misery, a society where happiness does not exist. Although George Orwell’s 1984 is a work of fiction, his imaginary world is still relevant in modern society. It is a “warning call,” informing the next generation about the negative impacts of a totalitarian society. While his ominous vision did not come true in the year 1984, it can still be seen as a growing aspect in both our society and in North Korea’s communist oligarchy, including in our use of technology. While most people have simply written it off as another science fiction novel, George Orwell’s dystopia in 1984 has proven to be similar to societies today. Modern technology has become…show more content…
This is a valid point in 1984, and as Symes states, “Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible…” (Orwell 52). To control thought, there has to be the ability to make it impossible for people to think of their own ideas, or the government must corrupt people's minds until they cannot associate any negative ideas with the government. In North Korea, Kim Jong-Un uses this method to gain absolute obedience the same way his father did; as Fisher notes, “The power and totality of North Korean propaganda is so transformative that even the small number of people who are so disillusioned with their country that they risk their lives to escape will, once free, often continue to praise Kim Il Sung” (Fisher). Both governments make it so that their respective leaders, Big Brother and King Jong-Un, are treated as gods, friends, and protectors. This tactic allows the government to strip the normal citizen of their consciousness and create a “perfect citizen." This is shown in 1984 when the government convinces Winston that “2+2=5” (Orwell 290) or when the citizens of North Korea are crying over the death of Kim Jong II, the same person who destroyed their freedom (Fisher). This idea of complete obedience is the basis of any totalitarian

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