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Our humanity is every thing that makes us human our emotions dreams sexuality opinions and aspirations If these were to be taken away we would become adverse mutations of ourselves That is what happens in George Orwells 1984 In 1984 Orwell discusses the dilapidation of society under a totalitarian regime The loss of humanity in this novel has horrendous effects on society The media used to communicate the adversities are relationships and sexuality and how their distortion affects the entire emotional workings of society In 1984 Oceanian society is without emotion and any true relationships There is no true emotional or spiritual connection between any two people The party achieves that by destroying the basis of all human emotion and intimacy which is love and marriage Love is forbidden in Oceanian society and marriages are meaningless when it comes to intimacy As Orwell puts it But a real love affair was an almost thinkable event Orwell 1984 71 Marriage is simply a protocol to purify pro-creation The marriages had to be approved by the party and permission was always refused if the couple concerned gave the impression of being physically attracted to one another The only recognized purpose of marriage was to beget children for the service of the Party Orwell 68-69 The Party manipulated what is meant to be a sacred institution of love between two people into a mere factory for production of embryo Along with love and marriage the Party attempted the same with sex The Party was trying to kill the sex instinct or if it could not be killed then distort it and dirty itOrwell 69 Sex became like marriage a vessel for pro-creation According to the Party sex was not supposed to be pleasureful but rather a task to be done Winston Smiths wife Katherine phrased it as our duty to the Party Orwell describes sex between Winston and Katherine as mechanical and platonic To embrace
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