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In Orwell's "1984," what is the purpose of the telescreen?

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ojisthebest145 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 27, 2007 at 4:53 AM via web

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In Orwell's "1984," what is the purpose of the telescreen?

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malibrarian | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted December 27, 2007 at 5:57 AM (Answer #1)

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The telescreen is a propaganda tool used by the state ("Big Brother") to get into people's heads and control them.  It also monitors everyone's actions and speech, completely controlling every aspect of human existence.  These telescreens are everywhere - there is no escaping them in this horrible society Orwell has shown us.

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tashfonseca | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted February 26, 2012 at 11:40 AM (Answer #2)

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The purpose of the telescreen is to maintain control over the Oceanic society. The party uses it as a tool to differentiate between the supporters of Big Brother, a manifestation of the Party, and dissidents, those that want to oppose or rebel against an authoritative party. It functions as a form of surveillance; people are unable to escape the scrutiny and are never sure when they are being observed or listened to. This ensures that they are wary of not only their words and actions but also their thoughts as they are given away by their facial expressions.

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parama9000 | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted January 31, 2014 at 11:29 PM (Answer #4)

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The people are under constant surveillance, which is a characteristic of a dystopia. They have no freedom of movement and their emotions, words, actions are also observed to discern whether they are loyal supporters of the Party.

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acompanioninthetardis | TA , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted July 30, 2014 at 2:17 AM (Answer #5)

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The telescreen is used to constantly survey the people and put them under pressure of the government. they use them to make sure everyone is following big brother. 

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hjzhou | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted August 14, 2012 at 9:32 PM (Answer #3)

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cool

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