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Akos Furton Ms. Farrell AP Lit and Comp August 11, 2010 Communism and its Weaknesses Through the use of Winston's life as a window into the oppression and harshness of communism, Orwell warns the reader of the dangers of allowing communism to spread unchecked, therefore turning the reader against communism. Orwell, through his description of Winston's daily life in London, exposes communism as a deceitful, oppressive farce. For example, in the opening chapter of the novel, Winston refers to his flat as a Victory Mansion, an ironic description because electricity was rarely present, the elevator never worked, and the telescreen droned constantly. Because of the incongruity of the name Victory mansion and the living conditions present within one, the reader therefore deduces that the name Victory Mansion is simply a propaganda ploy ...read more.


The impoverishment of the masses that the Party, in its deceitful manner, attempts to cover up with Three Year Plans that show a gradual improvement in personal quality of life, when in reality life does not improve at all, serves as a market warning against communism, that with communism, the masses would descend into poverty, while a select group perpetuates its wealth. By utterly destroying Winston as a person, Orwell shocks the reader into the evils of the Party's doctrine, mutilating the audience's view against communism. For example, during Winston's interrogation, in Room 101, O'Brien releases rats upon Winston, displaying the magnitude of the Party's surveillance, that the Party knows everything that there is to know about every single Party member, even his deepest phobia, an idea, pervasive government surveillance, which would distress people who viewed communism as an acceptable form of government. ...read more.


The depressing conclusion to the novel disturbs the reader, forcing him to view communism as a malicious, oppressive farce which ignores basic human rights. Orwell's exploitation of Winston by the communist Oceanian government provides a warning against the spread of communism, thereby turning the reader against communist government. Ultimately, Orwell's arguments to pathos, shocking the reader, succeeded in halting the spread of communism after World War II and eventually destroying widespread communism in the 1990s. In modern society, we must heed Orwell's warnings about communism, and by extension, totalitarian and authoritative government as they inevitably will ignore basic human rights and cause major headaches to countries promoting the ideals of freedom and liberty. ?? ?? ?? ?? Furton 1 ...read more.

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