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How is Orwell's attitude towards totalitarianism personified through the characters of Winston and O'Brian in this extract?4 star(s)
It stands for the fragile little world that Winston and Julia have made for each other. They are the coral inside of it. As Orwell wrote: "It is a little chunk of history, that they have forgotten to alter". The "Golden Country" is another emblem. It stands for the old European pastoral landscape. The place where Winston and Julia meet for the first time to make love to each other is exactly like the "Golden Country" of Winston's dreams. In this extract, Winston is in an analogous situation.
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but as a show-up of the perversions to which a centralized economy is liable and which have already been partly realised in Communism and Fascism [...] I believe that totalitarian ideas have taken root in the minds of intellectuals everywhere, and I have tried to draw these ideas out to their logical consequences."2 It is an important fact that none of the ideas that Orwell explores in his work are new to him, nor to anyone else. They are all thoughts and concepts that he has examined in detail and possibly in a context that is more "realistic" through letters, journalism, and essays of the past.
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"Compare the ways in which each author uses language and structure in their dystopian views of the f
These contain similarities, as they are both controlling phrases and words taken by the regime in order to control. However, the novels dystopian environments are very different, which means it is due to the fact that the nature of their language is written in different contexts. George Orwell's Big Brother regime invents words such as "doubleplusgood" to reduce the ways in which citizens can express themselves. This is an extreme controlling force. Gilead on the other hand has turned to the bible in order to create biblical allusions such as "Blessed be the fruit" and "may the Lord open", altering the biblical phrase to fit their need.
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Winston gets a book so that he can keep a diary, and his first entry is "April 4th 1984". He has a place in his flat where he can write without being watched by the telescreen. He had the book for quite a while before he started writing in it, the first thing he writes about is his visit to the cinema, where he watched the usual war film. It seems a little pathetic that the highlight of his day is to keep a diary documenting his mundane life and the reason he is doing this is to rebel against society, but it does not seem very rebelious at all.
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The conditioning of people works so well, in fact, that even though it is an obvious form of regulation, it is accepted as education rather than the enforcing of ideas. When being given a tour of the Conditioning Centre, the young students are not in any way shocked by the electrocution of babies involved in Neo-Pavlovian conditioning. Control in '1984' is also very much to do with the mind. However, the forms of control seem a lot more obvious in this world.
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It is oft misinterpreted now, and so at the time of publishing it is no surprise to find that the book was seen as a blow struck at socialism and the British Labour Party, and so brought much rebuke from these and others. However, Orwell himself was quick to deny this, and in a letter to Francis A. Henson he said: "My recent novel  is NOT intended as an attack on Socialism... but as a show-up of the perversions to which a centralized economy is liable and which have already been partly realised in Communism and Fascism...
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