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George Orwell and 1984

1984: This 6-page essay discusses several aspects of the novel by George Orwell.

In Orwell's negative utopian novel 1984, Oceania and Eurasia are perpetually at war. It seems that one of the purposes of the Party is to keep the war mindset going, and society is stripped of all peaceful, humanitarian thoughts and emotions. One of the ways of keeping the conflict alive in the minds of the people is the recurring appearance of the hated image of Goldstein, who was "hated and despised by everybody. . .and a thousand times a day, on platforms, on the telescreen, in newspapers, in books, his theories were refuted, smashed, ridiculed" (Orwell 13). Having a hated focus like this keeps the people somewhat united in thinking and action, as everyone hates the traitor. Goldstein seems not to actually exist, but he symbolizes the hatred of all opposition to the Party.

Over the past several decades the United States has been at war with countries that could be interpreted as Eurasia├╣Russia, Germany and Japan in World War II, North Korea during the Korean Conflict, North Vietnam, the Gulf War, and presently Iraq. Even though the United States feels somehow exempt from having wars on its own soil since the Civil War, foreign policies seem to include various efforts around the world to protect people and give them democracy whether they have asked for it or not. Korea and Vietnam were wars that could not be won, conflicts that were more or less handed down from president to president, and not until the Pentagon Papers came out in the New York Times did the average American begin learning about the inherent difficulties in the wars in Asia.

One of the techniques of Big Brother and the Party is to keep rewriting history so that any view or memory of events that are in conflict with the totalitarian regime do not exist. The Party was able to "thrust its hand into the past and say of this event or that event, it never happened (Orwell 3...

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