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Why are common criminals and political prisoners treated differently in the temporary...

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kelry728 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 14, 2007 at 8:30 AM via web

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Why are common criminals and political prisoners treated differently in the temporary lock-up?

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cldbentley | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted November 3, 2007 at 12:18 PM (Answer #2)

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In thenovel, only the political prisoners indicate what is perceived by the government to be a real threat.  Because Big Brother has done away with any real sense of morality, common thievery is not really an important issue.  Instead, threats to the way of thinking that is demanded by Big Brother are interpreted as dangerous.  Because Big Brother operates by using brainwashing tactics to control society, the real threat to Big Brother lies in the possibility of someone being able to think freely and convince others to do so.

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