The introduction of the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four says it all. It can not be rejected that control exists in the society. A couple of sentences in the very first paragraph: “On each landing, opposite the lift shaft, the poster with the enormous face looked from the wall. It was one of those pictures which are so contrived that the eyes follow you about when you move. BIG BRO IS WATCHING YOU, the caption underneath it ran (Orwell 2).” How do you feel when you keep being reminded that somebody is looking after you? Or, to be more politically correct, having you under security?
The intro of the book is about Winston Smith who enters his London apartment or condo.
The tone of the introductory sentences is dismaying and dark. The living conditions are undoubtedly squalid. In this part, it was clear that Oceania, Eurasia and Eastasia are the three superpowers that divide the world into pieces. Oceania is where Winston Smith originated from (Orwell 1). These superpowers are never ever in excellent terms with each other. Since of the wartime conditions that appear constant in the environment and the nature of the countries, individuals of Oceania are constantly quelched.
The conditions brought about by war caused the federal government of Oceania to let its people suffer through repression. The people are constantly monitored. Surveillance is as common as consuming. The party members, however, are not constantly provided enough supply. There is likewise a private disobedience happening due to the fact that the federal government was no longer humane. In this personal disobedience, Winston Smith belongs to the Outer Celebration. Winston is writing in his diary every single day. Due to the fact that this choice is important, he accepted that what chooses personal rebellion is doing some forbidden steps.
He has to do prohibited steps since he is serving a celebration that he did not want to serve (Orwell 2). He purchases the diary which was part of the important things seized throughout a raid into the proletariats. He satisfies a girl outside the shop where he purchased the diary, and he saw that it is the very same girl who keeps on considering at him for a couple of days. Since Winston started feeling that he must exist, and since he felt that the female was spying on him, he immediately tries to keep away from her (Orwell 2). With this introduction, it plainly shows how totalitarianism has actually ruled the world.
Nineteen Eight-Four is a novel that shows negative utopia. It can not be denied that totalitarianism was at its most rigid. Totalitarianism was the sort of power utilized to carry out overall control of individuals (Ellis and Reed, 2008). Orwell had succeeded in representing control, in which he presented through an entity described as Huge Sibling. This has four branches. One is called the Ministry of Love, in which police is done. The other is called Ministry of Plenty, where economic affairs and issues are handled.
The Ministry of Peace is what takes charge of the war happening in the nation and worldwide. The Ministry of Truth is the one that manages the dissemination of propaganda. Without the Ministry of Reality, the printed materials and other things needed for administering propaganda won’t be similarly dispersed. These 4 ministries comprise the federal government (Ellis and Reed 2). Meanwhile, Winston Smith does not conform to this ideology. This idea is spoon-fed to him, with the idea of Huge Bro being used.
The government is feeding him with unnecessary things and ideas that he, himself, understands he does not need. Going back to the life of George Orwell, it can be seen that he reflects the character in his book. George Orwell, like Winston Smith, has the very same aesthetic and social characteristics. They both have the exact same political perceptions. This may be the reason that the book is undeniably an excellent one, since he could compose it as quickly as composing his own thoughts, beliefs and feelings. He wrote wonderfully the representation of control in just simple paragraphs like:
“Behind Winston’s back the voice from the telescreen was still babbling away about pig-iron and the overfulfilment of the Ninth Three-Year Plan. The telescreen received and sent simultaneously. Any noise that Winston made, above the level of an extremely low whisper, would be picked up by it, additionally, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard (Orwell 8).” In the unique, there was clearly no way of understanding about how a person is being seen. If a person needed to make a sound, somebody will constantly hear it.
If an individual remains in the dark, then he or she can be safe. However if it is intense out there, then there is no opportunity that the movement of the person is kept an eye on and fully observed (Orwell 8). The practice of control as a way of administering power was done through television security in the book. Security cams are all over. Almost any spot, a speed electronic camera will be seen. The citizens were disturbed, and particularly Winston Smith, because the people were not complimentary and they were no longer pleased with their lives of what the federal government was doing to them.
In a more physical point of view, George Orwell composed the following to offer the audience a better image of how the federal government, in the unique, had managed and quelched individuals (Ellis and Reed 2). The political perceptions of George Orwell are revealed through Winston Smith. Aside from Orwell’s perception of politics, he also revealed his disbelief, or uncertainty, rather, of mass media, through the character of Winston Smith. It is no surprise that George Orwell was skeptic of the media due to the fact that he has actually spent some of his time working for BBC, also known as the British Broadcasting Company.
By working for BBC, he was able to see how info was distorted before it is dispersed to the general public (Ellis and Reed 2). The details they got were not provided as is on tv. He was aware as he saw how propaganda was misshaped. Because of his experience in working for a mass media attire, he understood that whatever the general public was obtaining from the tv, the radio and the newspapers were not totally true (Ellis and Reed 2). Other info and essential truths were left out before news is aired.
Now, he developed the novel to let the public know what is happening behind authorities, and just how much control is being executed prior to the public gets what it gets (Ellis and Reed 2). Control, in this novel, is plainly represented due to the fact that it does not state that control is damaging the society even if it exists. The novel Nineteen Eighty-Four clearly recommends that the federal government, or the state as a whole, is there to control whatever. People in the society are being managed by the state, and control is used on the info being released to the public.
In the novel, the “telescreen” is a constant things. The telescreen, in the novel, is a tool for control. Everyone requires to have a telescreen. It is a dominant item in any household in London, specifically in Airstrip One, the capital city, which utilized to be described as England. Aside from the telescreen, other ways are utilized to use power and a quote from the book is here to reveal it, “There will be no love, except the love of BIG BRO. There will be no laughter, except the laugh of accomplishment over a defeated opponent.
There will be no art, no literature, no science. There will be no distinction between appeal and ugliness. There will be no interest, no satisfaction of the procedure of life” (Orwell 238). Certainly, the state, just like in today’s society, aims to reshape the minds of individuals. Whatever is occurring in the novel of George Orwell does not end there. It continues and is extensively seen in our society today. Out society, through the television, transform our minds into what the federal government or the media believes we ought to think about.
The theories of mass media exist to help us comprehend that for the media to sell, they need to produce something fascinating for our eyes. We require to see debates. With all these, we discover to develop our sides. Creating our sides is never ever pure anymore because even prior to we find out to form our opinion, the media and the state currently controls the details offered to utilize. The tools we utilize to shape our minds when it concerns our thoughts on the elections, the problems on war and fear, and economic crisis, are shaped by a higher power by using control.