Power

A look at a thematic statement in 1984 by George Orwell

Thematic Statement

Power is gained by control. If a person conforms with their society rather than stand up for their own personal beliefs, that person is an easier target to be controlled. Winston and the rest of that society had no individual thoughts or any freedoms. Only a select few would rebel, but for that cause, more than a few people needed to expresses their beliefs. Everyone had too commit to the cause, but through control only few did. With the amount of power the party had they were able to control the few who stood out.

Quotes

"Winston kept his back turned to the telescreen. It was safer, though, as he well knew, even a back can be revealing." (1.1.6)

The party can watch a persons every movement which in turn can help them control a persons every movement. Winston has feelings of resentment towards the telescreens, just as everyone should. He doesn't express his feelings, just represses them through fear.




"From where Winston stood it was just possible to read, picked out on its white face in elegant lettering, the three slogans of the party:

WAR IS PEACE

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH" (1.1.7)

The party controls what can and cannot be put up on the walls and placed as adds throughout the city. By putting their own personal slogans and sayings up, they make sure that those specific word are the only words known. If they are the only words known, they are the only words believed. With this, the party controls what people believe.