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Abigayle Davis
Mrs. Scharf
20 May 2015
The Party and the Power
How does one stand to live in a society based off of hate, falsehood, and
malicious propaganda? In the book 1984, written by George Orwell, The Party, or
Big Brother, will do anything to take away individuality and human rights. The main
character, Winston Smith, does not understand why the people of 1984 have not
retaliated or stood up against Big Brother and OBrien goes on to answer him in
OBrien, a member of the Party, states that The party seeks power entirely
for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested
solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power; pure
power. The first thing you must realize is that power is collective. The individual only
has power in so far as he ceases to be an individual. (272) The Partys slogan is
Freedom is Slavery and they solely believe that they do right by their people from
ceasing their power and taking away the right to make decisions, good or bad. This
society goes against any other that exists today in that they deny the fact that
humans are capable of comprehending good and evil, however Winston does not
believe that humans can simply allow their freedom to be taken and reside under a
government that dehumanizes and denies people of freedom. Winston has
knowledge of what life was like before the party and does not know how the rest of
society does not remember how things were before.

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Winston asks OBrien why the people of 1984 do not remember life before the
Party and OBrien answers, The Party has control over external reality because
nothing exists outside the mind, although he admits that for certain purposes this is
not true. Those instances can be taken care of by doublethink. He asks Winston how
one man asserts power over another. Winston answers, By making them suffer.
OBrien agrees. Big Brother erases the past by inflicting more fear on someone
more than ever before and making it known that the only way to survive, is to obey
the one commanding power. This is a method used in order to create a chain of
command and making it known who controls your future. OBrien tells Winston that
Obedience is not enough. Unless he is suffering, how can you be sure that he is
obeying you will and not his own? Power is in inflicting pain and humiliation. Power
is tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together in new shapes of your
own choosing. The people of 1984 were brainwashed and scared into believing that
the Party controls their lives and that there is no other way of life outside of the
In this society, The Party plans to eventually have all the power and eradicate
human nature of sexual desires, loyalty, and trust of others. The only emotions the
party wants to exist are fear, rage, triumph, and self-abasement. They plan to
take children away from their mothers at birth and isolate them from any influence
other than that they which to expose them to. They plan to destroy creativity and
imagination in order to ensure no one will ever retaliate. They want no curiosity, art,
literature, or studies of science to avoid finding truths of other societies and what
another choice of a potential life style would be. OBrien tells Winston if he wants to
imagine the future, Imagine a boot stamping on a human faceforever and
Winston tells OBrien that a society based off of hatred could not survive without the

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people knowing that there is potential better ways of life available outside of the
I could not live in a society where a group of people were stricken on
removing any glimpse of human rights or freedoms. The Party denies humans of
their emotions and human nature by removing any happiness is life. They plan to
destroy helpless enemies and create an unbeatable army of brain-washed followers
who are loyal to no one but the party. I cannot imagine living in a society where my
choices were taken from me and I was removed from my family. I am a strong
believer in humans being able to make their own decisions based off of their morals
and individuality. In a society like ours, we can base our choices off of whom we are
and who we want to be as long as we are not endangering others or putting
someone at risk. I do not think that a society like 1984 would be a possible
existence without wiping out the human race and starting over by brainwashing
newborn humans.