Chinese Revolution

A never forgotten failure

The Chinese Revolution from 1949 to 1952 is when communist leader, Mao Zedong declared a people's Republic in China. This led to a civil war between the communist party and nationalist party. At the point many civilians who were part of the lower decided to rebel against the communist party. What made so powerful against the communist was that this all happened at a time of unjust. Meaning that there was war and a time of famine going on at the time, and it helped increase the amount of anger the people already had the party. People were inspired to act, because they realized the consequences of the communist party coming to power. For example, it would require people of the lower class to pay higher classes and were forced to pay their taxes a year in advance. To gain support these people, Mao used techniques such as the Culture Revolution in order to regain control over the Chinese government. He did so by reaching out to high school students and the youth to revive the revolutionary spirit and support from more people. Unfortunately this went on for about twenty years, until Mao died. This then caused economic and social problems throughout China for many years to come

Winston and Snowden

I would say that Winston is more like Edward Snowden, because in their point of view they're helping society and everyone else. The same way Snowden gains information over time about what the government is secretly doing to the people; is the same thing Winston is doing, except Snowden has enough information to gain support and Winston doesn't. The difference between the two is that Winston has to be careful about he says and does, while Snowden is able to have a freedom of speech and press. If Winston was able to have freedom of speech and press, and didn't live in a dystopian society. He would've been able to communicate with others rebel against his government. Snowden can also be compared to O'Brien, because they both contain information from the inside party and use it to gain support of others who want to go against the government. They both strive to reveal what the government is actually doing behind closed doors without the people knowing. Between Winston and O’Brien, Winston is willing to do whatever it takes for him to gain some type of evidence to gain support from others and encourage them to believe in what he says .The only difference between the two is that one has a freedom of speech and press, while the other one doesn’t. So in general they have the same difference with different similarities.

Victims or Villains of and for the government

If Winston did survive room 101, I think he would be a victim of the government. I think this because if he can still say that he doesn't love Big Brother, then all O'Brien did was help Winston realize how strong he is and gave him hope that he can survive anything. But if Winston doesn't survive room 101 mentally, then I think he is a villain for the government . It's the same with O'Brien, he is so brainwashed that he can't even identify if Winston is a man or not. Which in my opinion makes him look like a victim and a villain for the party, because he could trick people into thinking he is against the party when in reality he is a spy for the government.

Propaganda used for control

In 1984, the party uses several techniques to gain control and power over everyone. One technique being the use of propaganda. Propaganda is used to encourage people that everything within their country is perfect, but in reality it is a fake utopia. By using propaganda people tend to only believe what their government tells them, in this case it is believing in Big Brother. In 1984 it says, " The invention of print, however, made it easier to manipulate public opinion, and the film and radio carried the process further. With the development of television, and the technical advance ... private life came to an end ... The possibility of enforcing not only a complete obedience to the will of the state, but complete uniformity of opinion on all subjects, now existed for the first time" ( 205-206). By having these new and advanced technology, the party is capable of controlling what people see, hear, and read. This limits what people can say or do, because as long as people are willing to follow and listen to the party then they have ultimate control over them.