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1984 Final Essay

  • Submitted by: Stunnagirl1
  • on November 17, 2013
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,133 words

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The human experience can be broken down into two responses. The first being a person’s reaction to pain, while the second is a person’s actions taken to receive happiness. George Orwell’s novel, 1984, opens a not so new perspective on the human experience. Orwell was not afraid to prove that the old cliché, “history repeats itself,” is true by directly connecting happiness to power. Although 1984 is dystopian fiction, George Orwell based the infrastructure of the party on real world events creating a warning for mankind that history can and will repeat itself if allowed.  
Fredrick Nietzsche, a German philosopher once said, “Man is the cruelest animal.” It can also be interpreted as the acts which a man commits to oneself and to others are the cruelest of all. In Orwell’s book the party has three slogans one of which reads, “Freedom is Slavery” (Orwell 16). Granting that the members of the party are “free” the outer members are a constant slave to the party. Members are under continuous watch by a higher authority while living in fear of being tortured or vaporized. The book is fiction therefore the thought of a group of people living in constant fear while being “free” is inconceivable, right? Actions similar to this can be seen during the late 1800’s with an American extremist group referred to as the Ku Klux Klan. -African Americans in America worked hard to receive the same rights guaranteed to those of European decent. One major step in achieving this was granted to African Americans after the victory of the Civil War which was in their favor and guaranteed their freedom. This caused a group of confederate veterans to retaliate by creating the Ku Klux Klan. The Klan was known for the mobbing, hangings, and shootings of guiltless African Americans (Greenwood). Once the Klan became more active African Americans lived in fear of being tortured by these men who were once their higher authority. Over the years the Klan was responsible for more than 3,446 innocent...

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