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1984 Written by George Orwell - Power Tends to Corrupt, Absolute Power Corrupt Absolutely

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accepting both of them. To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just as long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies.” In this quote, the idea of “doublethink” has been explained as ‘holding two contradicting beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously’. Which this is used to control of thoughts. This persuades people to believe the party is the only institution that distinguish between right and wrong. In the quote, the acceptation of lies were also demonstrated. People with doublethink know something is a false fact, but choose to believe it is true. Big Brother uses doublethink to manipulate what people’s mind, and indoctrinate them completely by planting what the party presumes to be true, and to be false. The change of past, and converse how to distinguish between right and wrong, will easily convince people to believe everything the party told them to do. The demonstration of oppressive society is shown by the party completely controlled physically and mentally by a totalitarian government, that people living in that nation do not have freedom of thoughts and speech.

The abuse of power demonstrated by Big Brother of manipulating the past, and controlling historical records. Ultimately people in Oceania will become willing to believe whatever the party tells them to. “And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposes—if all records told the same tale—then the lie passed into history and became truth. ‘Who controls the past’ run the party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.’ “ This quote demonstrates one’s understanding of the past affect’s one attitude about the present. The party believes changing the past meaning controlling the future. Because if nobody had any thought or ideas about the past, this will made them easily to believe what everything government told them were true. If the government managed to do that, it means that they also controls the future of people. They could manipulate people’s mind easily. Ultimately, people’s minds are essentially not theirs’ anymore. The government tells them how to think.. “Whatever was true now was true from everlasting to everlasting. It was quite simple. All that was needed was an unending series of victories over your own memory.” This quote substantially presented the idea of Big Brother’s attempt of altering the last and simply wiping out the past perception of truth can be externally verified, then even a lie can become truth. For example the 2+2=5, if all the citizen in Oceania believes that 2+2=5, than it will be hard to believe 2+2=4 even if you know it was true. When government lies become truths, and nobody will oppose, anything can simply become a fact. Through the control of the min and body the government attempts any hopes of achieving an utopian society are dashed. The peoples’ minds are essentially not theirs’ anymore, the government tells them how to think and perform.

As a summary Big Brother’s absolute power in the society will eventually lead to great corruptions. The statement”absolute power corrupts absolutely” is the feeling of superiority somewhat provokes and leads to the corruption. Big brother corrupt eventually is due to he cannot grasp the idea of an absolute rule. He cannot comprehend the differentiation within the system, and ultimately lead to corruption. Power for instance for Big Brother is


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