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What is Big Brother's function in1984?

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Posted October 18, 2013 at 12:05 AM via web

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What is Big Brother's function in1984?

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mattbuckley | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted October 18, 2013 at 3:05 AM (Answer #1)

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In George Orwell's haunting novel 1984, Big Brother is a symbol of dictators across the globe. George Orwell was obviously inspired in the creation of Big Brother with the images of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin in mind. He uses this in his novel to send the terrifying message to the readers of how easily a society can be manipulated into the worship of a tyrannical leader.

Big Brother serves as a God-like figure to the citizens of Oceania. He is a symbol of power and is seen as an all knowing figure gazing into the lives of every citizen from posters that read "Big Brother Is Watching You". Big Brother replaces the love of all things in citizens lives. They are expected to by loyal to him above all else, and if need be, they should betray their own families in honor of him. He inspires this loyalty through fear. His image is stern and serious. The image of control. Big Brother is never seen and does not really exist, but is used by those in power to maintain the control they desire of the citizens of Oceania.

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