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Discuss what the impression conveyed by Orwell of the Parsons children and their mother's reaction to them tells us about the society of 1984.

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Discuss what the impression conveyed by Orwell of the Parsons children and their mother's reaction to them tells us about the society of 1984. Parson and his family are introduced to the reader very early in the book. Orwell has shown the Parson party as the average Oceania family. They dedicate them selves fully to Big Brother and the party. (1) "The Parsons families represent the average Outer Party, Oceania family. They dedicate themselves fully and without question to the Party and, if provoked, would not hesitate to turn Winston over to the Thought Police." Parsons is a very pro big brother outer party member, we see this because even though he is arrested for thought crime, he still accepts that he has been arrested and that Big Brother was right to arrest him. We are later told that his children "grassed" on him, but from chapter two the reader can understand why. Parson has two children, and both children are part of junior spies of Big Brother. ...read more.

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Winston's world is a nasty, brutish place to live-conveniences are mostly out of order and buildings are ramshackle and unsafe. In contrast to the broken elevator in Winston's rundown apartment building, the presence of the technologically advanced telescreen illustrates the Party's prioritization of strict control and utter neglect of citizens' quality of living. Winston's encounter with the Parsons children in Chapter II demonstrates the Party's influence on family life. Children are effectively converted into spies and trained to watch the actions of their parents with extreme suspicion. The fear Mrs. Parsons shows for her children foreshadows Winston's encounter in jail with her husband, who is turned in to the Party for committing thought crime by his own child. Orwell was inspired in his creation of the Junior Spies by a real organization called Hitler Youth that thrived in Nazi Germany. This group instilled a fanatic patriotism in children that led them to such behaviors as monitoring their parents for any sign of deviation from Nazi orthodoxy, in much the same manner that Orwell later ascribed to the Junior Spies. ...read more.

Conclusion

Having witnessed firsthand the horrific lengths to which totalitarian governments in Spain and Russia would go in order to sustain and increase their power, Orwell designed 1984 to sound the alarm in Western nations still unsure about how to approach the rise of communism. (3)"In 1984, Orwell portrays the perfect totalitarian society, the most extreme realization imaginable of a modern-day government with absolute power. The title of the novel was meant to indicate to its readers in 1949 that the story represented a real possibility for the near future: if totalitarianism were not opposed, the title suggested, some variation of the world described in the novel could become a reality in only thirty-five years. Orwell portrays a state in which government monitors and controls every aspect of human life to the extent that even having a disloyal thought is against the law." After learning about Parsons Children the reader becomes well aware of 1984 society and people's attitude towards it, the children are proof that Big Brother is getting stronger, although there are still faults in the system, as Winston and Julia prove later on in the novel. ...read more.

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