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1984 shows how our lives will not be as secret as they are now Oceania has no privacy and America is turning into that In some ways America already is like Oceania There are many elements in the book to compare with aspects in American society today So in many ways George Orwell was right and maybe there soon will be a government very similar to the one in 1984 One element in the book 1984 is Big Brother He is the ruler of Oceania He is not one person but a name for the whole government Big Brother could represent our government today We may not know it but the government knows everything about us All they need is our name and social security number and they could learn a lot about us The government has our previous jobs where we went to school and where we live Big Brother is also like that in the book probably even worse Big Brother is even more intruding than our government today and the only way to get away with things is by thinking them It even says on a sign BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU 5 Another element in the book is the Thought Police They are much different than the police in our society today The police in American society can arrest you for things you only do while the thought police can arrest you for things you think It was even conceivable that the Thought Police watched everybody all the time 6 If they dont see you getting involved or screaming during the two minute hate they will arrest you The only similarity is that they both enforce the law Otherwise they are totally different The telescreen in the book watches almost every move you do It invades your privacy and you have no way of getting away from it except by thinking Any sound Winston made above the level
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