Dystopian Visions
1984 Essay

"Pictures and posters on every corner, reminding the citizens of Oceania that Big Brother

is watching you." No words could speak more truly, for the time was 1984 and the people of

Oceania were being watched; practically their every move was being recorded through the

telescreen. Big Brother is watching you was the constant reminder, don't think bad thoughts

or don't go to the wrong part of town because there are spies every-where. The Inner Party

kept the people living in constant fear and then to keep their minds off the fear, they brain-

washed them with political statistics and with ideas of great patriotism. They were taught

to love only The Party and to concern themselves with only the party. Everything that they

did was for The Party, and first and foremost they were not to betray in any way. The Inner

Party had planned the destiny of Oceania and its people; they were systematically tailoring

their society to meet their needs. Their issue was not just of power, but rather absolute control.

To achieve absolute control over people is a powerful concept. Peoples minds become distorted

and their original objectives are left behind. The Party thought they were doing things for the

good of the people, when really all they were doing was killing them. They were smothering

them with rules and regulations, depriving them of their natural born right to be able to marry,

have a family and indulge in the fruits of life. Is this the type of future that Orwell intends to


Orwell's view on the future may have been influenced by the activities going on in

the world around him. The allies had just defeated the Nazis in the Second World War and

people were starting to know all the details of what the Germans had done during the war.

There are many similarities between the book and the war. For instance, the Germans tried
to control the citizen's thoughts by burning books and discouraging higher learning. They

wanted the people to be just like one another and have interests in only the government and

other politically related ideas. They also had children's armies where they taught young

people principals of the Nazi party and how to be good citizens, just like the government

did in 1984. If in fact the Nazis had won the war and taken over the world, today might

have resembled George Orwell's world in 1984.

The people's attitude of Nazi Germany reflects the attitudes of the people of 1984,

both were so pumped full of the governments ideas and beliefs that no matter what anyone

told them they still believed that the government was right. They were blinded by their

ignorance and at first sight of treason to the government they would turn you in. Much

like the spies of 1984; Hitler also had his secret army and so did the party, they were called

The Thought Police. The Nazis had armies of children much like the Junior Spies, they would

report traitors to the government; be it complete strangers or their own parents. Each society

was so caught up in their beliefs that they were blind to the evils being done to them.

When World War II ended, another war was just beginning, The Cold War. This

was a war of secrecy; not only did the Russian government feed lies and propaganda to their

people, but so did the U.S. government. We told our people to hate the Communists, that

all of them were horrible baby killers and that all they wanted was to take over earth. We

had trials accusing government officials, writers, movie directors and movie stars of being

Communists. It was widely publicized, and though this was not until years after Orwell had

written his book, it just reinforces the attitude of the time. We had just spent the last 30

years at war with the same countries not unlike Oceania and Eurasia. I believe that in a

small way Orwell was trying to depict what the future might be like. If the wars were
never ending, who knows what might have happened? We would probably have turned into

a militant and closed thought society much like Oceania. Although it probably would

not have been as extreme, we would have been a much different society if we were still at

war. We were a world on edge; we had just