A man once said that your ideals are something that may never change and your ideas can never alter. This is flawed and sadly, incorrect in our society. The best example I can think of, is the nation under Hitler. Before the Nazi take over, the Jewish population wasn’t widely hated but three important factors turned all of the non-Jewish population to begin to hate and believe they were evil. The German people started to hear the government and those in power spread the hate and after continuously being told and persuaded, the people started to believe it. If you hear something every single day regardless of your own opinion, a person will start to believe they are wrong and that what they are hearing is truth. This leads into my second point, social pressure. There may have been many who did not believe just Hitler, but were convinced when their social groups started to try and convince them that they were insane and that they were wrong. Once again, constantly hearing this would wear someone’s opinion and alter their ideas. Finally, after seeing the same for years and years, ideas will fade and be replaced by the new ones regardless of past ideals. This was the case in Nazi Germany for hundreds of thousands of people. Yes ideals and thoughts are yours and no one can truly change what you think, but they can ease your mind into changing them to what you are being told and shown without you even knowing it.
Monthly Archives: February 2013
Big brother is everywhere and Winston has completely forgotten this. The first and one of the biggest example to me, is Julia. In the beginning, Winston would envision a girl much like her in his dreams and thoughts and later, she just magically appears. Even if you ignore her, there are two bigger examples. The underground society that Winston had dreamed up in his head and hoped for, all of a sudden, this becomes reality. This is very suspicious because for the most part, it was made up in Winston’s head, a dream almost. Now what are the chances that not one, but two dreams coming true after he dreams them. The final thing that is suspicious is O’Brien suddenly becoming interested in him and offering him a spot in the “Underground Movement”. Very suspicious when all three dreams and thoughts of his come true and there is one more thought and dream Winston had that came true, the room for Winston and Julia. Not only has everything come true but there has been no response by the party to any of this. Winston has been infiltrated by Big Brother.
Everything points to Winston being entrapped. Suddenly after who knows how many years, an attractive girl he has been dreaming about has suddenly started to appear everywhere. But not only that, after he decided he wants to meet with her, it just magically happens. From an outsiders perspective this looks very suspicious. In this society, how would this be so perfectly timed and so lucky to work. Winston has been too reckless in the past and has let his mind wander too much in this society. If what has been said about the thought police is true, than it seems as though Winston has been discovered by them and they are now playing him right into a trap it seems. The girl was a thought of his before it happened and now that it has happened, I can not help but think that he is being completely entrapped. The thought police most likely have found out about Winston. He is being entrapped.
“If there’s hope, it lies in the proles” (Orwell). The proles are the lower class citizens in Oceania. The proles live outside of constant surveillance and are not under constant threat of thought crimes. For the most part, the proles are the most free in this society. On the surface, it seems as though the proles would be perfect candidates for a revolution. But when you look deeper, it reveals that the proles would never be able to stage a revolution. The first obstacle in the proles’ way is their lack of education. The first and if not the most important step the proles would need to take is to educate themselves. But the Party censors and deprives the proles of resources and the education necessary to rebel so the proles continue along without a second thought. This lack of education is a huge hindrance to a revolution possibility but is not the only one. Another challenge the proles face is the lack of resources to have a revolution with. The proles are very poor and a stand against the party would cost them their lives. The final reason is the proles psychologically are unprepared for a revolution nor do they even have the idea to start one. The second step to a revolution is a leader that will plant the seed (idea) into the masses and the proles do not have that. Without all of these, the proles will never revolt.