How does 1984 present power? What danger does the novel warn us against?

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Power in 1984 is portrayed as flowing from Big Brother and the Party. It is they who, as the slogan emblazoned nearly everywhere in Winston's world says, "are watching you." The Party controls information, language, the food rations a person receives, the clothing that they wear, their personal relationships, and virtually everything else. But the Party's power extends beyond these external factors. It even controls the way people think. Part of this is through the use of language, as referenced above, and the Thought Police tasked with enforcing conformity. But Winston even fears that his very expressions will betray his inner thoughts, an offense known as "facecrime." Moreover, the Party creates an atmosphere where nobody can trust anyone else, because that person might betray them to the Thought Police. In this way, the power of the Party flows through individual relationships. Even without the telescreens and all the other technological elements to the surveillance apparatus created by...

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