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On each landing opposite the lift shaft the poster with the enormous face gazed from the wall It was one of those pictures which are so contrived that the eyes follow you about when you move BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU the caption beneath it ran Orwell 4 Nineteen George Orwells Nineteen Eighty-Four presents a negative utopian picture a society ruled by rigid totalitarianism The government which Orwell creates in his novel is ruled by an entity known as Big Brother and consists of three branches The Ministry of Truth overseeing the distribution of propaganda and other printed materials the Ministry of War the millitary unit and the Ministry of Love the law enforcement division make up the government The main character Winston Smith does not completely accept the ideology that is fed to him by the government through the concept of Big Brother When one examines George Orwells life it can be clearly seen that he personifies his political perceptions social and aesthetic characteristics and self-examination of his own writing through Winston Smith in Nineteen Eighty-Four Orwells political perceptions especially his skepticism of mass media are given life through Winston Smith Spending time working for the British Broadcasting Company BBC Orwell experienced many distorted truths and propaganda Woodcock 9 This led to an intense distrust of those in power and their influence on the information distributed to and recieved by the general public Orwell explains how history is altered by whomever is in power In Orwells essay Revising History he examines the credibility of history and finds that it is based on the person or group in control Orwell hated totalitarianism primarily because of its attacks on unbiased truth and so saw it as the enemy If a person or organization in power finds a fact damaging or out of sync with his cause he can simply change it by the manner in which it is reported Orwell states A certain degree of
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