What are some quotes or examples of Big Brother's abuse of his absolute power or Winston's lack of power and control over his  life in 1984?Im writng a speech comparing power in 1984 with the...

What are some quotes or examples of Big Brother's abuse of his absolute power or Winston's lack of power and control over his  life in 1984?

Im writng a speech comparing power in 1984 with the novel A Clockwork Orange. Im trying to portray Big Brothers abuse of power like that of the prison in A clockwork ornage, and Wisntons lack of power with that of the converted Alex.

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luannw eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I've never read A Clockwork Orange, so I won't make the comparison, but 1984 is all about the abuse of Big Brother's power. One of the main points of the book is to show how the goal of the Party is to have absolute control over the lives of all citizens, including of course, the life of Winston Smith.  There are the Thought Police, introduced in the first chapter, who monitor people through telescreens, spies, and any other means possible.  They want to make sure that no one shows any emotion or expression other than the those deemed appropriate by the Party.  The Party is developing a new language, Newspeak, that will take away from people the words to express disfavor of Big Brother and the Party.  The Party's slogan, "Ignorance is Strength", means that by keeping the people unaware of what is really happening, they can more easily control people. By the time the book ends, Winston believes that 2 + 2 = 5 because he has been so brainwashed by the Party.  He was brainwashed by O'Brien using torture methods, but as much as he fought it, he finally succumbed and believes that Big Brother loves him.  This is when, of course, Winston will be killed by the Party.