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How is authority (police, government, controlling political power) represented in the 1984 (characters and events)? 1984 by George Orwell ? HELP PLEASE ?

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Authority is represented as the overall dominating force in the lives of everyone in Oceania (and, we can assume, elsewhere in the world). The sinister face of Big Brother, symbolizing the Party's power, is completely inescapable in George Orwell's story of the future. When Winston comes home, he feels the eyes of Big Brother on him at all times, thanks to posters on every landing in the stairwell. It is the same when he looks at a coin or cigarette packet. Each day, at the end of the Two Minutes of Hate, all Party workers return to a state of calm when Big Brother appears on the giant telescreen, illustrating the near-hypnotic hold he exercises over the masses. He, and through him the Party, are the ultimate symbols of complete societal control.

Even though Winston attempts to rebel, & throw off the control...

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Authority in 1984 is like the gunk in your sink clog. you already know there is a clog, but once you pull the gunk out, you see that is where all the substance is located.

The authority in 1984 is that gunk. It is everywhere one looks while invested in the book. Whether it be from the thought police, literally able to find dissenters in every nook and cranny, or Big Brother himself (a "human" figure which is more an embodiment of the ideal of totalitarian invasion of privacy), or the location of Winston's job - Ministry of Truth - all examples are devices that a government would utilize to maintain authority over its inhabitants.

Representation has obviously been tainted due to Orwell's lack of trust and personal feelings towards both governments and totalitarian dictators. It would be difficult not to find the personal ideas of Orwell in such a anti-totalitarian piece such as 1984.