Plot by Cooper Godwin

How class profiling can be a form of control

Theme

Where class profiling is prevalent, the class in control is able to progress while the submissive class fails.

Within the novel, the Party is made up of "two kinds of parties", the Inner Party, top tier government officials and the creators of "Big Brother", an anonymous user who seems to always be watching, who seems to try and keep its citizens within London in the dark and under control from having any thoughts of rebellion against the government. And the Outer party, pretty much the citizens of London that are kept in the dark and blindly do as their told due to fear of "Big Brother". Winston's job of altering records was just another form of control the Party used to keep the citizens none the wiser about their abusive totalitarian government and maintain of control. As stated by Winston, "And when memory failed and written records were falsified—when that happened, the claim of the Party to have improved the conditions of human life had got to be accepted, because there did not exist, and never again could exist," this emphasized how the party was able control people's thoughts about the present by altering their perception of the past. For if no one is able to remember the past then then no one can say that the Party had failed mankind by forcing people to live in conditions of poverty, filth, ignorance, and hunger.(Orwell 92). And finally later within the novel, we find out the Party's cruel and true intentions for going through so much trouble of trying to squash out Winston's and Julia's thoughts of hate towards the government. As Winston is being questioned and interrogated O'Brian tells Winston the Party's intentions, "The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power... Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power." (Orwell 263) With this compelling and climatic point in the novel, the reader understands Orwell's fears for our present, that inevitably our governments will no longer look to safeguard it's people but just look for means to control them and keep them from progressing and evolving as people.

These fears that Orwell had in the 1949 are slowly reeling its head in today's issues. A prime example of how people believe that the top classes and government are in control of the people was the 2011 "Occupy Wallstreet" movement. An active member of the movement, a Michael Pellagatti, informed a British visitor to the movement stated saying “We were a physical embodiment of poverty living in a modern-day Hooverville, showing the world that they had to pay attention,” His strong belief that, much like in the novel, the citizens of the US were being robbed from corporations and the government. And these beliefs were not helped by the economical crash the US faced in 2008 and only added fuel to the fire. In a YouTube video, a group went out and attempted to get the reasons behind the madness of the movement. Some people seemed to have almost no clue or reason for being there, other than to be a part of something that was getting national attention. While other seemed very knowledgeable about the issue. A young man was quoted stating simply that "The government is starting to have to much power and seems to be bailing out the big wigs of corporations and big businesses",and another person said "The rich don't care about us... They are only looking out for themselves." This seemed to be the general vibe of those around and of the nation as people took to the movement through social media. Now the notation that the rich doesn't care about the lower people and that all rich people are evil is blown way out of proportion. Some of the most generous people today are the rich, i.e. Bill Gates who has given exponentially to charity and the poor. But it is not hard to see where most are coming from within the "Occupy Wallstreet", especially after the 2008 economic crash. The feeling that the poor are only getting poorer and the rich stay getting rich. Thus ties into our theme that the ruling class may seem to be stopping the progress of the lower classes.

The "Occupy Wallstreet" movement can be mirrored to Winston's feelings toward the ruling Party, that the people in control of the nation do not care about those who live within it and only care about progressing their needs and stopping those below them in order to maintain control. This was a fear that George Orwell had when he wrote "1984" in the 50's and unfortunately those fears are slowly becoming a reality within our present.


What We Saw at the Occupy Wall Street Protest

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