Thursday, May 24, 2007

1984: A True Warning Toward Our Nation

Overall, I feel the true point that the author was trying to make was that we need to be prepared and ready. The government has the main say in our country, and when they start taking our rights away, we need to act. We cannot wait until the point where the oppression and pressure that the government inflict on us is so severe that we can't stand on our own two feet. And, that is what Winston did, he waited until boiling point and it was clearly too late. He wasn't thinking in advance, and the government quickly put an end to his little rebellion because they were ready, and waiting. If our government becomes too powerful as Winston's did, we may not have the strength or potential to gather enough citizens to rebel, because they already fear the government and are manipulated by whomever the dictator is. As well, the author tried to show how the government had taken total control over privacy. At any given time they could be watching you, listening to you, or reading your thoughts. It is completely unfair and Orwell is trying to depict for us the possibility that this may happen. And, it has in fact showed up a bit, through our Patriot Act. This act gives the government the ability to listen to any random phone conversation, unnoticed. It is clearly a violation of our rights as were the Thought Police's ability to control the citizens in their society. The book may have exaggerated the emphasis toward how much control their government had, but it is the point that matters: the government can take one bad turn and their feet will be at your doorstep the next day. It is our true responsibility to make sure that our rights are not interfered with and that they're constantly guaranteed. We need to be ready, because the possibilities are endless. As Shane said: "Orwell was trying to tell us how if we give too much power to the government that they’ll use it all, and never give it back. "


Falstaff said...

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George's Blog said...

Ok, "comrade."