1984 Ap Essay
1976. The conflict created when the will of an individual opposes the will of the majority is the recurring theme of many novels, plays, and essays. Select the work of an essayist who is in opposition to his or her society; or from a work of recognized literary merit, select a fictional character who is in opposition to his or her society. In a critical essay, analyze the conflict and discuss the moral and ethical implications for both the individual and the society. Do not summarize the plot or action of the work you choose.
War is peace, Freedom is slavery, Ignorance is strength. These three phrases may contradict everything that you know and have been taught, but in the “negative utopia” of George Orwell’s novel 1984 these are
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He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother,” (298). This quote ties in the beginning of the novel when Winston is searching for himself. He admits defeat considering all that he had been through and conforms to just living the way that Big Brother want him to. This conflict reminds me of the Inquisitions, in which the Catholic Church converted or killed anyone who spoke against their rule. The Church also imposed their own ideas about the past and made them conform to the ideas of the Church.
1984, a year that has come and passed, but George Orwell’s vision of what the world is becoming is very relevant today. We are living while others are in control, and while this country may be free there has been proof of this “negative utopia” in the world. For example, the Nazi rule, the Soviet Communist rule and the Catholic control of all of Europe before the enlightenment era. There is living proof in Libya today where Qadaffi wants to suppress all who oppose him and crush those who stand in his way. Paranoia in the United States has risen due to the wiretap ideas, and if they really happen or not. Always remember BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING