When exploring the integrity of the extremely patriotic nation of Oceania in 1984 by George Orwell, one may discover that there is an extensive lack of regard for many of the values to which modern people today ordinarily cherish. One of those values is the complete lack of privacy the citizens of Oceania have anywhere, not even in their own homes, in which telescreens are installed. Another value that has been taken away from them is the inability to think their own thoughts.
Most of the individuals of Oceania think what the Party wants them to think, even if it is completely irrational. The Party wants them to think nothing but good thoughts about Big Brother and themselves. If someone is even suspected to be thinking anything bad [committing a “thought crime”] about Big Brother and/or the Party, they are charged with a thought crime and are immediately arrested by the Thought Police, even if it is the middle of the night.
The Party even has their own slogan. “Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.” [Part 1: Chapter 3, page 34].
A “telescreen” is a television and security camera-like device used by the Party and Big Brother to prevent anyone in his realm from forming conspiracies with others against the government. These large screens were so sensitive that they could even detect your heartbeat. “To keep your face expressionless was not difficult, and even your breathing could be controlled, with an effort: but you could not control the beating of your heart, and the telescreen was quite delicate enough to pick it up.
” [Part 1: Chapter 7, page 79]. A few privileged people could turn off their telescreens with the understanding they could only be off for 30 minutes or less. No one ever knew how many screens were monitored at any one time or how they were monitored. Telescreens were the main use of communication between the Party or Big Brother and the residents of Oceania…
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