Philosophical Viewpoints

Reality

Thematic Statement

Reality is relative. In the book 1984, reality is under the government's control. This is including history, lives of the people, and minds of the people as well. For example, if a citizen were to vanish, there would be no proof that they even existed.

Quotes:

"Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past," repeated Winston obediently.

"Who controls the present controls the past," said O'Brien, nodding his head with slow approval. "Is it your opinion, Winston, that the past has real existence?"

This proves the amount of control and regulation they had over reality. The citizens were being brainwashed, leaving resistance or disagreeing as no longer an option. They were constantly under surveillance by the government. The citizens were not aloud to think for themselves, or have a mind of their own.