Sunday, May 16, 2010

“Your worst enemy . . . was your own nervous system.” (63)

In a society with so many formidable enemies watching your every move, it is ironic that Winston thinks that his downfall may be an internal source. Orwell uses this to show the phycological impact that The Party has upon its members. In our society, keeping a diary would cause no outward signs of distress on an individual. Yet in Oceania, Winston has been brainwashed that he thinks he is doing something inherently wrong. Because they have indoctrinated the citizens of Oceania, there is much less actually policing that needs to occur; eventually those breaking the law will slip-up and essentially turn themselves in to the authorities for criminal activities.

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