• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Party control of Oceania - 1984 Part One

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Party control of Oceania - 1984 Part One In Part One of the novel "1984" by George Orwell the scene is set, so to speak, for the rest of the novel. The reader is given an insight into the life and world of Winston Smith, the main character, and this includes giving an overview of the environment he lives in - in this case London, capital of Airstrip One, in the great supercontinent of Oceania. From the descriptions and references to life given in the novel, the reader at the time of publication would be able to deduce that "Airstrip One" represents Great Britain, also for the simple reason that the capital is still called London. In "1984" the leading authority, the Party, headed by the almost legendary Big Brother, holds an extraordinary level of influence over the lives of Party members (the middle classes) and even to a lesser extent the proles (the lower classes). This control over the Party members is gained by many different methods, principally the use of pro-Party propaganda, and the editing of the records in the Ministry of Truth, which is Winston's profession. This serves to effectively erase the past, by changing records so that events that have happened never did happen, and things that never have happened become true. ...read more.

Middle

extraordinarily advanced technology - they can monitor the citizens' thoughts, and you can be arrested for merely thinking something which is not in praise of the Party. In Winston's workplace, the Ministry of Truth, the memory hole is used to eliminate records which are no longer true, so that the Party's version of truth cannot be contradicted, and the speakwrite, which Winston also uses at his job in the Ministry of Truth, is also an advanced piece of technology. A third method of control used by the Party is control of the language, using the Party regulated language "Newspeak". This is referred to by Syme as "the only language in which the vocabulary gets smaller year by year". The Party's aim is to reduce the vocabulary to such an extent that it is impossible for thoughtcrime to be committed, as people will have no words with which to express it. This shows how great the control of the party over the ordinary people is, as they can prevent people from doing what they do not want them to do simply by not giving them the necessary vocabulary to do so. Other methods of control used by the Party are emotional manipulation and suppression of individuality. There are many compulsory community events, such as the two minute hate, and the non-compulsory public hangings and propaganda films. ...read more.

Conclusion

The reason for this seems the same as the reason for the argument between the proles about saucepans which is also mentioned - by keeping people focused on small, insignificant parts of day-to-day life you can prevent them from thinking about things the Party would prefer them not to be considering. In general, I think that in Part One of 1984, George Orwell sets the scene for the rest of the novel by outlining the Party control over everyone's thoughts and actions, which becomes very significant later in the novel. I think this is very effective, because it mentions some things briefly which will be explained in more detail later in the novel, thus maintaining the reader's interest and giving them something they can look back to when they read further on. I think that Part One of 1984 is very interesting, as it explores a society which is completely different to ours in Great Britain today, but which is still believable, and indeed almost the same as North Korea in our modern-day society, nearly 60 years after the novel was published for the first time. I think that 1984 is a novel which is significant in modern society, as it shows how serious a regime such as that of Oceania can be, and how damaging an effect it can have on society. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE 1984 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE 1984 essays

  1. Peer reviewed

    How is Orwell's attitude towards totalitarianism personified through the characters of Winston and O'Brian ...

    4 star(s)

    " 'I don't mean confessing. Confession is not betrayal. What you say or do doesn't matter; only feelings matter. If they could make me stop loving you-that would be the real betrayal' " (Orwell 1949 p.167). " 'No,' he said a little more hopefully, 'no; that's quite true.

  2. Peer reviewed

    The citizens of Oceania live in a society where all of there actions are ...

    3 star(s)

    I believe that what Winston does for a living for the Ministry of Truth is appalling. There are situations when people do thing that are wrong but they really don't know any better. They are ignorant of the truth. Winston, however, is completely aware that what he does is not just.

  1. "Compare the ways in which each author uses language and structure in their dystopian views of ...

    The first plan started in 1928 and the third finished in 1941 due to world war two. The similarity between this and the novel '1984' is the conditions that Stalin's workers had to suffer. As in '1984' Stalin was often referred to by the positive euphanism of 'Uncle Joe' just like Orwell's 'Big Brother'.

  2. In the handmaids tale and 1984, compare their use of the dystopian genre.

    sense they commit adultery by having sex with their Commanders, who are married men. The wives, who often call the Handmaids sluts, feel the pain of this sanctioned adultery. The Handmaids' red garments can be then said to symbolize the ambiguous sinful nature of the Handmaids' position in Gilead.

  1. 1984 vs. Brave New World

    In 1984, George Orwell explores the many facets of a negative utopia. Orwell seems to focus on the measures that the government takes to maintain a public of plebeians who have no personality or identity and believe that they not unique individuals, but instead are part of a greater senseless

  2. 1984 by George Orwell - summary

    This was a severe crime. The thing that first drew him to the prostitute was not the his sexual instict but the make up that she was waring, because he just wanted to rebel and not onbly was he having sex but also with a women who was wearing make up.

  1. Look carefully at part one of Orwell's 1984 and analyse its effectiveness as a ...

    They were arrested and then tortured in the infamous Room 101, and were broken in mind and spirit. Winston, by the book's end, betrays Julia and declares his love for Big Brother. The portrait Orwell paints of these horrors is unbelievably compelling.

  2. The Genesis and Presentation of the Political Message in Orwell’s Novel Nineteen Eighty-four

    the Allied forces of World War 26 though this seems somewhat implausible. It is also from this same work that the pyramidal structure that Orwell uses in his novel was devised. With a divine leader at the top (Big Brother)

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work