What is the role of the individual within Orwell's vision of the future in 1984?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The power of Big Brother is one where the individual has little power.  The status of the individual is dwarfed in comparison to the absolute control of the state.  In this conception of the future, the notion of individual rights and checks against the power of the government are gone.  In its place is a form of political conditioning to ensure that there is a complete consolidation of power over the lives of the individuals that compose it.  This reality is facilitated by government run technology that is able to ensure there is no private resistance of any kind and one that is able to control through one's fears.  In Orwell's vision, there is no chance of the state losing its control over the lives of the citizens because there is no way that individuals are able to mount a campaign of resistance because of the state having total control over all aspects of individual consciousness.

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