Orwell uses the conversation between Winston and O’Brien on pages 266-7 to predict the future. This perfect future world will contain only love for Big Brother. After reading this description of a future world, how do you feel complete devotion to only one entity? Do you think that civilization has ever or could ever reach this point? If not, why?
It is certainly arguable that civilization (if that is quite the word) has reached the point described by O'Brien at several times and in several places throughout human history. O'Brien is right to point out that the ability of a totalitarian state to control its subjects is continually increasing, so that the Party will not fail in the same way as the Spanish Inquisition. This is why the societies that most closely resemble the one Orwell describes, and the one he has O'Brien describe...
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