I will pay for the following essay George Orwell’s 1984. The essay is to be 4 pages with three to five sources, with in-text citations and a reference page.
This research will begin with the statement that while George Orwell wrote 1984 in the mid 20th century the text remains one of the seminal works of political satire. Not only the novel but also the lexicon it established, have become woven into the very fabric of contemporary existence. Today political commentators readily speak of government actions as the encroachment of ‘big brother’ on social existence. 1984 has become an aesthetic that individuals regularly mention. One of the major considers in the text is its personification of evil with a specific individual, Emmanuel Goldstein. Goldstein is regularly featured in the two-minute Hate broadcast and is demonized throughout the text. Goldstein’s history can be linked directly to the Party in that he was originally a member, but ultimately disregarded its principles to start a resistance movement. It is impossible to consider Goldstein without examining his position as an intellectual. Indeed, Winston is said to have read his intellectual track, “The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism.” The notion of Goldstein’s intellectualism seems to conflict with the Party’s overarching message of conformity and allegiance. In terms of contemporary significance, such notions have significance in terms of the American political landscape. The contemporary Tea Party Republicans as evidenced in individuals such as Herman Cain or Sarah Palin regularly embrace easily digestible platitudes in lieu of more developed thought….
One considers President George W. Bush and the War on Terror. The notion that there could be a war on ‘terror’ itself takes on levels of absurdity. In addition President Bush spoke in terms of evil, coloring Middle Eastern nations in this linguistic color. This perpetual ‘war on terror’ has much in common with Big Brother’s perpetual war on its enemies. While it would be extreme to paint the Bush administration as totalitarian as the Party, there are striking resemblance between each of their rhetorical assumptions. The Party issues slogans such as ‘War is Peace,’ ‘Freedom is Slavery,’ and ‘ignorance is strength,’ much in the same way that politicians readily use notions of American exceptionalism, freedom, and evil as dogma. In the context of the novel it seems that Orwell is playing on the notion of language and Doublespeak as ever shifting. For the Party, these labels function as a means of redefining values of independent thought as antithetical to healthy existence. One considers that society on all levels – from minimum wage jobs to the executive branch of the United States government – adheres to value systems established by a hierarchical order. In 1984 this has taken on authoritarian levels of absurdity, as individual expression is completely consumed to the Party. A major challenge of modern society is the delineation between personal freedom and government responsibility. Such distinctions occur from small-scale things, such as allowing McDonald’s to sell toys, to larger freedoms such as privacy and speech.