Freedom of speech has everything to do with this novel. Members of the Party do not have freedom of speech. The Proles are the only ones in the novel who truly have freedom of speech as we know it...they speak their minds and sing joyously. They have nothing of the "doublespeak" of the Party members since they are not subject to the fear of Big Brother. So, the upperclass in this novel have less freedom of speech and power than the upperclass of our modern society, whereas the lower or middle class in the novel are more powerful and have more freedom than in today's society.