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What are some examples of allusion from 1984?

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A great example of allusion in 1984 comes in the shape of the Junior Spies, a group of children who show their fanatical loyalty to the regime by informing on suspected traitors. If they see any signs of treachery or misconduct among members of the public—even members of their own family—they will report them immediately to the authorities.

This can be seen as an allusion to similar practices that existed in real-life totalitarian regimes such as Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. In the former, boys and girls were formed into the Hitler Youth and the League of German Maidens, organizations designed to indoctrinate children with official state propaganda. The Soviet Union had the Komsomol, a Communist youth organization which served much the same purpose as its German counterparts.

It was in the Soviet Union, however, that informing on suspected traitors was much more common among children. As the totalitarian regime of Oceania is based on that of the USSR, it's not surprising to see

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