The Lack of Privacy and the Effect of No Individualism

‘’Behind Winston’s back the voice from the telescreen was still babbling away about pig-iron and the overfulfilment of the Ninth Three-Year Plan. The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, wpould be picked up by it; moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard.’’


Winston cannot be himself in his own room, he cannot move freely without being commanded. Even young children from the age of seven can spy people and follow them on the streets. All people are aware of each other and they cannot distinguish between friend and foe. Winston found a little space in a corner of his room where he cannot be detected by the telescreen. Here he writes his view in a book, his diary. He hopes that someone in the future will find it and have details about his time. Writing in his diary is the only way for him to think what he wants and then write it down. Everyone should blindly follow orders and act like a literal marionette.


Winston works at the Ministry of truth, their main job there is to change the history in a good way for the Party. They can teach the people whatever they want and let the people believe whatever they want. Anyone would believe them if they told them that their country invented the bulb, or that their ancestors built the Great Pyramids. There are even some people who slowly want to change the language word by word, for example a word as ‘bad’ they would like to change it in ‘ungood’.


In the world of 1984 the natural human traits and characteristics are suppressed. Sex for fun is a taboo, you cannot express yourself and also religions are not tolerated. But Winston had sex  with his girlfriend Julia and he was convinced that he has found a room without telescreen, unfortunately it was not meant to be. So you can see that you cannot turn people into zombies. People have feelings and hey can think, animals cannot. Also that is the reason that totalitaire regimes do not rest for long, because some day there will be a revolution or a foreign country will send help or whatever.


George Orwell never liked totalitaire regimes, he criticized theUSSRfor example in the book Animal Farm. He loves freedom. He pretty had a good view of politics, because in 1984 theUSSRwas still there and inIranmuslim extremists got the power and so on.


Ann 2011 you cannot always be assure of your privacy. After 9/11 for example the CIA is capable of listen to phone conversations. On the internet some people can see the websites you’re visiting. In Middlesbrough (England) there are surveillance camera’s installed in order to communicate directly with offenders and to rebuke.An unusual large difference between our time and Orwell’s is internet. Any news can reach everybody in notime. This helped the Arab Spring to succeed. They brought their totalitair regimes to fall and to install democracy instead. My conclusion: There should not be any place for totalitair regimes in the 21th century!


Faisal Elhassan


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