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How does the world of Winston Smith in 1984 resemble our own?

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laserthend | eNoter

Posted July 16, 2013 at 8:04 AM via iOS

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How does the world of Winston Smith in 1984 resemble our own?

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 16, 2013 at 10:32 AM (Answer #1)

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Since there are different "worlds" for different people, depending upon which form of government they live under, students will need to answer this question based upon their experiences in their countries. Nevertheless, there are some world-wide problems such as the intrusion of individual's privacy through the use of technology and the use of propaganda such as the "bias by omission" or through overt omission of facts that certain news stations are guilty of, as well as the slant put upon news that is presented. This observation through the internet is much like the Big Brother 'watching you" program, and the interpretation of what occurs is not dissimilar to rewriting of history that Winston performs.

Curiously, on the recent news during the marching and rioting in Oakland, California as protest of a trial in Florida, there was a placard held up which read "Capitalism is Racism." Such a placard is suggestive of the illogic of some of the political phrases of Winston's society, that make certain sense.

The Thought Police have been at work in America as well. For years people have been stopped from using certain pejorative terms for people  as they should be "politically correct," ranging from words about people's sizes to their races. Therefore, certain people have stopped themelves from the use of certain terms. The Thought Police is this country are those who hold with political correctness so people who say things such as Paul Dean are  punished for her use of a pejorative term for a certain race., having been condemned in the minds and hearts of others.

The formation of large, powerful governments such as that which Orwell protrays seems a real possibility in America as such scandals as that of the IRS probe into certain conservative groups counter to ideology of the present administration as well as the altering of information from the CIA on what has been told to the people regarding the incidents and deaths of four government workers in Benghazi reverberates of the deception and the propaganda of the government of Owell's satire.

Of course, this is just one interpretaion of current events.They have also been interpreted in another manner, proving that government and media can certainly color things whatever way they desire. At any rate, if people exercise their free wills they are punished or ostracized, just as in 1984. As Winston writes in his diary,

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.

But it is not granted;he is watched and finally apprehended by the Police.


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