How does Orwell convey the lurking presence of Big Brother?Gotta write a 4 paragraph essay on this, I'm struggling to stretch it that far...

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Big Brother is everywhere in George Orwell's novel, 1984. He is found on billboards looking down upon the citizens in the streets. He appears on video screens with messages to the people. His voice is a constant reminder that he is always watching everyone and everything. The party members of Oceania constantly have to watch what they do and say because they know video monitors and microphones are ever-present. Although Big Brother supposedly loves everyone and is, in turn, loved by all, his omnipresence creates a paranoid fear in his people. They never act as free-thinking individuals but as subjects to this non-human entity whose control is absolute.

avitheeditor | Student

The image of Big Brother in Orwell's 1984 is not only present in the consciousness of the people of Oceania, but also the figure seems to be lurking at a sub-conscious level of the people. when we think in terms of Big Brother, something that we can't fight shy of is the issue of surveillance. Surveillance is the term that refers to the characteristic of a dystopian state that keeps a vigilant eye on its citizens. In 1984, what is quite important to understand is the fact that the figure of Big Brother is suggestive of the internalization of the power of the state. so, it is present everywhere with all its manifestations possible.