In Orwell's 1984, what is the purpose of the telescreen?
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.
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.
That the telescreen cannot be...
(The entire section contains 2 answers and 217 words.)
check Approved by eNotes Editorial
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.