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The citizens of Oceania live in a society where all of there actions are controlled. Telescreen is the technology they use to help achieve this control.

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Introduction

The citizens of Oceania live in a society where all of there actions are controlled. Telescreen is the technology they use to help achieve this control. Telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously; any sound that Winston or any other citizen make can be heard, and as long as they are within the field of vision they can also be seen. Telescreen is also constantly broadcasting media that they want the citizens to hear, all of which basically leads to the indoctrination of its citizens. ...read more.

Middle

Winston works for the Ministry of Truth party in the Department of Records. His job is to alter historical records. The party would simply go into the past and say that this or that event had never happened. There slogan was "Who controls the past, controls the future: who controls the present controls the past." Winston had to make certain that all historical events correspond with the Party's beliefs at that time to ensure that whatever Big Brother claims was exact. It is all part of their way of controlling society. ...read more.

Conclusion

I suppose, however, that he is sort of caught between a rock and a hard place. Newspeak affects communication of this society by restraining the societies vocabulary. This is simply another means of controlling the citizens of Oceania, and preventing them form committing a thoughtcrime. Citizens have to be extremely careful of the things that they say and this is simply a way of achieving that control. I don't believe that Newspeak could make thoughtcrime impossible though, although, they might be able to control what society is able to say and do I highly doubt that they would be able to actually completely control persons thoughts. Even Wilson thing about bring Big Brother down. ...read more.

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This essay concentrates on how George Orwell presents dystopia in the city of Airstrip One in his novel 'Nineteen Eighty-Four'. In order to succeed in answering this question, candidates must identify elements of Oceania in the novel that differ from ...

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This essay concentrates on how George Orwell presents dystopia in the city of Airstrip One in his novel 'Nineteen Eighty-Four'. In order to succeed in answering this question, candidates must identify elements of Oceania in the novel that differ from what we consider normality and how they affect the characters within the novel .What is it about Oceania that is so wrong? So defying of basic human instincts like love, trust and independence? The candidate shows a focus on a few aspects of this, though these aspects are demonstrated poorly due to a low quality of written communication.

Level of analysis

The Level of Analysis is average. Discussing in some detail the many methods with which Oceania separates itself from any resemblance of a functional society as we see it (the manipulation of the past; the constant broadcasting of propaganda; the lack of free-thinking; the paranoia), the candidate has shown an understanding of the novel as it stands. To gain higher marks, the candidate should appreciate what about the life of the inhabitants of Oceania is controlled and/or dystopian (the relegation of sexual intercourse to a function; children turning in their adults for committing Thoughtcrime; The Thought Police etc.).
There is an excellent understanding of how Newspeak controls the inhabitants of Oceania, though sections from the novel should be quoted - this point directly references Syme's quote "It is a beautiful thing - the destruction of words" and there should be an explicit link made between the candidates response and the ways in which The Party destroy language so they can narrow down their people's ability to think thoughts of freedom and happiness. The candidate should also use a variety of Orwellian terminology to show evidence of a confidence and clear understanding of Orwell's manipulation of society. Words such as "Ingsoc", the political rules and ideologies of The Party, should be included and reference at all times as it is this concept by which Orwell makes the most effect against his audience about the principles of control over the people of Oceania.

Quality of writing

The Quality of Written Communication is average, though quite possibly of slightly less quality than what should be expected at GCSE level. Comma splice and an incorrect use of full stops leave minor sentences - non-grammatical sentences that should really only feature in speech - open for criticism from the examiner. These can be corrected by checking the grammar with a proof-read.


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