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The Lack of Rights in Oceania In George Orwells novel 1984 clearly the citizens of Oceania have no discernible rights They are not allowed to speak for themselves they cannot have personal relationships with anyone and above all they must abide by whatever the Party and Big Brother tell them to do They live in fear that their every action could be reported to the Ministry of Love which could torture them until they love Big Brother and abide by what the Party tells them to do Orwells 1984 depicts a society that has no choice in the way the people want to live their lives The people do not even know that they are being manipulated and they just go ahead and mindlessly listen and believe everything that Big Brother has to say This society seems almost impossible to the reader since no one would ever want to live in a place where people have almost no voice in what is being done In the very beginning of 1984 the main character Winston is introduced He walks into Victory Mansion and the first thing that is illustrated to the reader is that the hallway smells like boiled cabbage and old rag mats Immediately following this Big Brother is then introduced to the reader Winston sees a large color photo of Big Brother which states BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU Even after reading the first two paragraphs the reader can surmise that Big Brother plays an important part in this novel Big Brother is the leader of the Party in Oceania Everybody is required to love him or they will suffer the consequences Within the first chapter of 1984 the reader comes to discover that the citizens of Oceania have absolutely no rights Sure they do not have any laws but everyone who resides in Oceania knows that they have to watch what they say do and even think It is apparent throughout the
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