The first kind of manuscripts were written for a person, often oneself or for a friend.
Orwell intends to portray Oceania just realistically enough to convince contemporary readers that such a society has, in fact, existed and could exist again if people forget the lessons taught by history, or fail to guard against tyrannical, totalitarian governments.
These two themes- totalitarianism and history-tie together the plot and messages in Orwell sets his story in war-torn London. Thirty to forty bombs rain down on the city per week and everywhere Winston turns reminders of the war, such as the Two Minutes Hate and billboards plastered with Party slogans, color his existence.
Having just emerged from WWII, Londoners would have intimately related to the deprivation and destruction portrayed in However, while Winston placed full blame for his situation on the shoulders of Big Brother, Londoners would not have identified the cause of their misery as the British government.
More likely, the British would have blamed Nazi Germany for starting the war and causing such chaos and devastation. While it is difficult to pinpoint the specific sparks that set off WWII, the people fighting in the Allied armies must clearly have believed that their collective mission was to crush totalitarianism and restore democracy around the world.
The Party is a totalitarian government. Neither the Outer Party nor the proles proletariat have any influence on the direction of their country or the rules that govern their lives. When the propaganda, deprivation, and rigid guidelines fail to convert someone to Party doctrine INGSOCthe government uses torture to brainwash citizens.
Since the principles of INGSOC fail to inspire thinking people like Winston, the Party has no choice but to use extreme force and coercion to stay in power.
Orwell calls upon his readers to recognize the evil and frailty of the Party and fight to prevent the spread of totalitarianism. While Orwell does not advocate for a specific alternative system, undercurrents of Socialism, Democracy, and Capitalism pervade.
The Party understood the power of history. A citizenry educated to understand history would not allow the Party to survive. Thus, the Party eliminated nearly everyone who remembered the past before Big Brother, created a new, post-Big Brother history, then manipulated history through the Ministry of Truth so much that it was impossible to ever know what was happening or what had really happened.
It is ironic that Winston worked in the Ministry of Truth, changing historical facts to suit the Party. In a small way, Winston contributed to the collective amnesia that plagued Oceania, maintained order, and secured his own powerlessness.
However, had Winston not worked in the Ministry of Truth, he would not have gotten the proof he needed to validate his subconscious and unconscious misgivings about the Party.
The act of recording his present circumstances constituted extreme disloyalty to the Party because Winston was actually documenting history.
Totalitarian rulers throughout history, including Hitler and Pol Pot the leader of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodiadestroyed books and exterminated journalists and intellectuals because they understood the power of documentation and history.
While Orwell clearly shows that history is mutable, he also proves that this type of mutation leads to the death of culture and freedom.Lines This sonnet helped kick-start many more on the theme of modern (Victorian) love, from a woman's perspective. Note the emphasis is on the repetition and reinforcement of the speaker's love for someone; there is no mention of a specific name or gender, giving the sonnet a universal appeal.
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These words are the official slogans of the Party, and are inscribed in massive letters on the white pyramid of the Ministry of Truth, as Winston observes in Book One, Chapter I. Because it is introduced so early in the novel, this creed serves as the reader’s first introduction to the idea of.
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