How Does Big Brother Control Society In 1984
How does the government in 1984 control the people?
The way in which the government in this future dystopia keeps control over its people is through a combination of manipulation and fear. There is of course the ever-present threat of the Thought Police, which Winston makes clear in the opening chapter, who are able to watch everybody all the time and see into their minds. Then there is the way in which the Party turn families against each other, with children reporting their parents to the authorities for the slightest crime. The Party's assault on families does not only seek to separate parents from children, but also wife from husband, as it...
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The government, in essence, has manipulated the entire daily life of its people, from what they can wear, what jobs they can have, who they can associate with...Winston writes in secret from a pen and inkwell he isn't supposed to have by hiding from the view of the government in a crevice in his own home. Since Big Brother can see and hear virtually anything they want to, no one is safe to argue against the leaders. Parents can get told on for disciplining their children. Spouses can get told on when one is angry at the other. No one is allowed to love for the sake of love. They chant slogans to their government and can only eat and drink what is rationed out. When citizens must sneak away and worry about being caught for the most mundane of offenses, the brainwashed masses are controlled by the elite who appoint themselves.