The well-known novel 1984 by George Orwell, is a direct commentary of our present society, the novel talks about media controlling the thoughts of the people, the reoccurring slogans of the party which are, “War is peace, Freedom is slavery and Ignorance is strength” and the idea of doublethink, these are all seen in our society today, but in different forms. In this well writ novel, the citizens of the society are constantly under watch by a figure named Big Brother, there are posters everywhere with these words written on it, “Big brother is watching you” (1 984, p. ) the idea that a arson with power is watching over everyone may disturb many, but it is actually a reflection on our society today. The CIA for example, is constantly monitoring everyone’s messages, emails, and conversations and the same would go with the American intelligence agencies, they all monitor our every action. Although they do not have signs everywhere saying The CIA is watching you, they do have things similar, like neighborhood watch on windows to alert people that the people around them are watching and do not step out of line.
Another contradictory belief in the book that is represented in our society is oubliettes, in 1984, it describes double think as, “DOUBLETHINK means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them. ” (1 984, p. 270) the act of doublethink may play with the reader’s minds but it is actually a very common practice in our everyday lives, in the book, doublethink is shown through the ministries, “The Ministry of Peace concerns itself with war, the Ministry of Truth with lies, the Ministry of Love with torture and the Ministry of Plenty with starvation.
These contradictions are not accidental, nor do they result from ordinary hypocrisy; hey are deliberate exercises in DOUBLETHINK. ” (1984, p. 273) this is not far off from our society, as we have peacekeeping forces who kill and if need be, fight wars, all in the name of peace for our country. Our society today also has jails for people who have stepped out of line, and the jails are made so that the people in them can one day be conditioned and possibly sent back into the society as a “better” and different person, but this is through many difficulties, in others it can be harsher, as in the case of Saudi Arabia, a man by the name Mr..
Bawd made a harmless website trying to mark “a day of verbalism” he was arrested and sentences to 10 years in jail and 1000 lashes. One of the most crucial and well defined contradictions in the novel is their party slogan, ‘War is peace, Freedom is slavery and Ignorance is strength. ” (1984, p. 6) this is the idea that though the means of war, the country they live in can have peace, by having freedom, they are actually becoming slaves to the party, and through the ignorance of the proves (non-party members of society) they are able to have unified ideas and gain strength through the unification of the members of society.
This is a direct representation of our society as it is right now, as we have our soldiers to protect and provide peace to our country and possibly other countries through the means of war and fighting, we also have our freedoms as Canadians but we are bound by peer pressures, credit cards, taxes and the laws of our country.
Finally, the last thing that relates is, “ignorance is strength” this is shown in our society through the media, we always see fighting and wars in middle east, Bola in Africa, and other seemingly horrendous events, but we almost never see the implies who are saved and need immigration, or the people who helped out in catastrophic events, like hurricane Strain several years ago. All this ignorance is what binds us together as one country and with it comes the strength of a nation.
The novel 1 984 was meant to be a representation of the society around us, we may not be able to do much, but we can influence the decisions of our friends, neighbors and possibly a nation, like Bark Obama or Stephen Harper and use what we have to alert others of important issues that need to be fixed in our society.