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In "1984", what kinds of invasion of privacy exist in oceania?

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leahhh316 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 9, 2009 at 5:26 AM via web

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In "1984", what kinds of invasion of privacy exist in oceania?

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted February 9, 2009 at 9:19 AM (Answer #1)

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There is total invasion of privacy.  No matter where you are in Oceania there are cameras, or people watching, listening, and reading what you do, say, and write.  Even the bathroom facilities have cameras.  Winston mentions that one of the places you can be sure Big Brother is watching is in the stall of the bathrooms.  The screens in the rooms, the cameras in the streets, at work, in restaurants, everywhere.  The only escape Winston can find is in an old junk shop.  Occasionally he and Julia also escape to the woods, but they can't make the visits in the same place twice without the fear of being followed or caught. 

Even people's children are spies for Big Brother.  The children are constantly turning in their parents.  If you write on a scrap of paper Big Brother can get hold of that.  Even your personal thoughts are not totally private from Big Brother because of the Thought Police.  The main theme of this novel is the loss of privacy and the individual thought process.

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