Essay Analysis Of George Orwell 's 1984

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George Orwell’s 1984, like many other dystopian novels, features an all-powerful government that has changed the population to better suit their needs. That is, to keep the powerful in power. 1984 stands out from the crowd in how it depicts this greed. While the governments of many dystopian novels excuse their grabbing for power by claiming that it is for the greater good of the people, the Party of 1984 gives no excuse whatsoever, and makes little effort to hide it. O’Brien, when torturing Winston, asks him why the Party clings to its power. When Winston answers incorrectly, O’Brien explains that “the Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power” (Orwell 263). The Party’s main goal is to acquire as much power as it possibly can, usually through the dehumanization of the people it rules over. Winston seems to be the one sane man in the asylum that is Oceania. He knows that something is not right in Oceania, and that something is the Party. He sees that the people around him, while still being people, are not individuals. They blindly accept everything the Party tells them even if they know that the information is contradictory to what they already know. Winston is as guilty of this as the rest of his comrades, but the seeds of doubt have been sown in his head. He had at one point concrete evidence that the Party is not always right and knows that his job is, to put it simply, to fabricate events…

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