Dystopia in George Orwell's 1984

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He works at a junior position in the Ministry of truth. Their government commonly referred to as the ‘Big Brother’ is always watching every move of the citizens. It has put in place cameras to ensure people are monitored all the time. Winston is a rebel and does not agree with the state of affairs. He partners up with another rebel, Julia, with whom they have an affair with. 3) as a constant reminder. Other posters were placed strategically outside for instance across Winston’s window (Orwell, p. 4) Posters are a form of outdoor media and they were used to instill fear in the citizens. The photo and the bold writings would serve to keep the citizens wary of what they did.

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This would control how they carry out their lives as they know they could be caught doing anything mischievous. In Oceania, there was a hate week (Orwell, p. 1) and the content that was being aired by the telescreen was in line with what the government wanted to say therefore the media lacked its own freedom. Winston notes when the government says they are at war with Eurasia instead of Eastasia. The modern day has also witnessed a rising number of totalitarian leaders. This is a big blow to the democratic systems which have been prevailing. This monitoring is often done under the cover of providing security such as having cameras and streets and recording communication between parties. It is alleged that the conversations are listened into as they are ongoing to curb any terror threat.

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The idea of watching and monitoring people is similar to the case in Oceania. Winston keeps a diary but is afraid that the diary might get in the hands of the Thought Police which would be considered a crime (Orwell, p. The people were constantly reminded that they were being watched and cameras were installed for the same purpose. The government has also denied the media its freedom yet it should serve as the watchdog. Another form of dystopia is the totalitarianism as illustrated in the book. Orwell was also warning about denial of human rights such as the right to privacy which the citizens of Oceania lacked. It is important to point out at the modern era governments which are dystopian and the reader can agree that they would not like to be in Winston’s position or live in a place similar to Oceania.

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