In what ways did the Party aim to dehumanise its members?What does  it mean by 'dehumanise' in this context. Is it just like breaking the connection between family (Spies)etc. I'm not really sure...

In what ways did the Party aim to dehumanise its members?

What does  it mean by 'dehumanise' in this context. Is it just like breaking the connection between family (Spies)etc. I'm not really sure about this.

Thanks in advance! :)

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that you have it about half right.  I do agree that breaking human connections is one of the major ways in which the party dehumanizes its members.  The Spies are one way, the efforts to prevent people from having sex for any reason other than to have kids is another.  After all, you see how that attitude affected Winston's relationship with his wife.

I think the other aspect of this is what the party is doing with truth and human memory (and with language too).  The party is trying to stop people from using their mental capacities.  They are trying to make it so people have no independent memories and so they can't express a wide variety of ideas.

So, if you think being human consists of thinking and having deep emotions, you can see the party trying to undermine both things.