1984     The book 1984, by George Orwell is based on the theory of “Big Brother” and how he is always watching you. In the book, the Oceania government controls their citizens by saying and ordering them into not doing certain things. Which then forced their citizens to deceive their government by going into hiding. It was also based on the government and the power they hold. Most societies contain a little of hate in them, but in this book, it is more than a little. They have a lot of restrictions and things they aren’t allowed to do. Also, they are living in a society full of hatred. I honestly think a society full of hate wouldn’t be able to survive. They have a lot of slogans involved that are rules. For example, “Freedom is Slavery”. They are basically saying that they are imprisoned and belong to them. Winston used to keep a diary and write daily things he would remember and things he thought were important. He wasn’t allowed to do this, but still did it undercover and tried hiding it. They are supposed to praise Big Brother as their sort of god.     Winston Smith is a member of the Outer Party. He works in the Records Department in the Ministry of Truth, rewriting and distorting history. To escape Big Brother’s tyranny, at least inside his own mind, Winston begins a diary, an act punishable by death if found out. Winston is determined to remain human under inhuman circumstances. Yet telescreens are placed everywhere. For example, in his home, in his cubicle at work, in the cafeteria where he eats, even in the bathroom stalls. His every move is watched. No place is safe.    The party cares only about themselves and nothing else. They even say, ” The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power…”. This shows how selfish they are. They have three main slogans they use and they are enforced as sort of rules. They are “War is Peace. Freedom Is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength.”. To me these are seen as some type of commandments that they are obliged to follow.     I agree with Winston because he believes that a society full of hatred, fear, and cruelty would easily disintegrate. A society full of the things mentioned, would easily fall apart. A society is meant to get together with one another and not be full of hate. If everyone hated each other and were cruel, it would be oblivious and not one thing would go right. Same kind of situation if everyone feared the government or in this situation, Big Brother. With fear nothing can be accomplished. I honestly wouldn’t want to live in a society like that.     One reads that book today and can’t help but notice the striking similarities between Orwell’s story and our reality. In 1984, Big Brother led a communist state that brainwashed its citizens into believing its version of government was the only way to maintain a high standard of living, despite historical contradictions. Unfortunately, they couldn’t really do anything about it. Winston was trying to find a way out of this. I believe this book relates a lot to today’s society and world because of similar events going on. In the United States of America, over 85 percent of people use the internet more than once in a single day (Internet Society). The web catches everything that comes in contact with it like a spider’s web, hence the name web. At first thought, this may not seem bad, but this information is permanent and powerful. In George Orwell’s novel, 1984, he clearly portrays a negative reputation to this supreme power. Even in the Orwellian society, the documentation of information is highly maintained: “It was another copy of the photograph . . . which he had chanced upon eleven years ago and promptly destroyed” ( 246-247). In conclusion, I truly believe this was a sort of prediction of the future because a lot of things are in fact similar. 

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