In Orwell's 1984, what is the purpose of the telescreen?

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The purpose of the telescreens in Orwell's 1984 is to constantly reinforce the teachings of the party through propaganda and to constantly monitor the actions of the citizens governed by Big Brother.


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In 1984, the telescreen is a tool used by the Party to detect instances of rebellion. You will notice in Part One, Chapter One, for instance, how Winston keeps his back to the telescreen when writing in his diary. This is to prevent the Party from seeing his diary because he knows that if they found it, he would face some harsh and violent punishment, like a forced labour camp.  

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acompanioninthetardis | Student

The telescreen is used to constantly survey the people and put them under pressure of the government. they use them to make sure everyone is following big brother. 

parama9000 | Student

The people are under constant surveillance, which is a characteristic of a dystopia. They have no freedom of movement and their emotions, words, actions are also observed to discern whether they are loyal supporters of the Party.

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The purpose of the telescreen is to maintain control over the Oceanic society. The party uses it as a tool to differentiate between the supporters of Big Brother, a manifestation of the Party, and dissidents, those that want to oppose or rebel against an authoritative party. It functions as a form of surveillance; people are unable to escape the scrutiny and are never sure when they are being observed or listened to. This ensures that they are wary of not only their words and actions but also their thoughts as they are given away by their facial expressions.

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