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Aspects of Totalitarism in 1984

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Aspects of Totalitarianism Present in 1984
Good Morning/ Afternoon Mr. Corfield and fellow classmates
Welcome to today’s seminar in our series on George Orwell’s landmark science fiction novel 1984.
In today’s discussion, the thesis I will put to you is that the Totalitarianism regime established by Orwell in 1984 is a regime that controls and forces the people to conform to their will. Orwell’s construction of this regime was largely influenced by other regimes of the era. My 4 arguments that I will explain to you today are:
  1) Point 1- How does totalitarianism   structure in 1984 work (describe)
  2) Point 2- What influenced Orwell to write the Novel- Hitler, Stalin
  3) Point 3- How does the regime work?
  4) Point 4- How does it control people? (Novel)  

The theme of totalitarianism is a prominent theme in this 20th century novel. 1984 by Orwell features a futuristic dictatorship where humanity is controlled by the government. In Oceania, The Party is the ruling assembly, whose head is Big Brother, that controls all aspects of human life, from action to thought. Big Brother employs a vast army of informers, called the Thought Police, who monitor the people of Oceania and use devices such as telescreens to detect possible signs of unorthodoxy towards Big Brother and The Party. “Winston turned a switch and the voice sank somewhat, though the words were still distinguishable.

Totalitarianism is defined as a political system of government in which those in power have complete control and do not allow people to oppose them. Those in power are a single party dictatorship in which one party controls state, and all other parties are forbidden. Other important features that distinguish or help define totalitarianism include restricted or eliminated constitutional rights, state terrorism, and totalitarian rulers are known as ideological dictators. The government of Oceania, in the novel 1984, is an example of totalitarian society. Germany, under...


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