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The novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell is an American classic which explores the human mind when it comes to power corruption control and the ultimate utopian society Orwell indirectly proposes that power given to the government will ultimately become corrupt and they will attempt to force all to conform to their one set standard He also sets forth the idea that the corrupted government will attempt to destroy any and all mental and physical opposition to their beliefs thus eliminating any opportunity for achieving an utopian society The novel shows how the government attempts to control the minds and bodies of it citizens such as Winston Smith who does not subscribe to their beliefs through a variety of methods The first obvious example arises with the large posters with the caption of Big Brother is Watching You page 5 These are the first pieces of evidence that the government is watching over its people Shortly afterwards we learn of the Thought Police who snoop in on conversations always watching your every move controlling the minds and thoughts of the people page 6 To the corrupted government physical control is not good enough however The only way to completely eliminate physical opposition is to first eliminate any mental opposition The government is trying to control our minds as it says thought crime does not entail death thought crime is death page 27 Later in the novel the government tries even more drastic methods of control Big Brothers predictions in the Times are changed The government is lying about production figures pages 35-37 Even later in the novel Symes name was left out on the Chess Committee list He then essentially vanishes as though he had never truly existed page 122 Though the methods and activities of the government seem rather extreme in Orwells novel they may not be entirely too false Nineteen Eighty-Four is to the disorders of the twentieth century what
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