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1984 Essay Outline

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Jessica Costello

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-Dystopian Novel
-Author George Orwell
-Main characters
Winston Smith

1984 Essay Outline
By Jessica Costello

1984 Overview
The Essay

Politics is a delicate and specific chemistry. Governments can lead the world to being a joyous, better place or it can bring the society into utter chaos. In 1984 politics of the Party have taken control of everything.

Refined Thesis:
Free will is abolished by the falsification of history records, love being outlawed and the invasion of their privacy.

-destruction of history
-taking away the emotion of love
-invasion of privacy

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Outlaw of Love
1984 Trailer
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Destruction of History
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Destruction of History
The destruction of History causes people to obey the party more and become mindless objects to the party.

And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed – if all records told the same tale – then the lie passed into history and became truth. "Who controls the past," ran the Party slogan, "controls the future: who controls the present controls the past." And yet the past, though of its nature alterable, never had been altered. Whatever was true now was true from everlasting to everlasting. It was quite simple. All that was needed was an unending series of victories over your own memory. "Reality control," they called it: in Newspeak, "doublethink." (31)

This point is shown greatly in the children of 1984. For example Parson’s daughter turned her own father in for thoughtcrime. It is also shown during Hate Week when the speaker changes who the war is against in mid-speech. Shows how morally wrong this society is and the deceit that takes place every day.

Concluding Statement:
With erasing the past they not only erase the bad but erase the good such as friendships, partnerships and the marriages which all revolved around one thing; love.

Topic Sentence: History is a necessity in a society. It is what allows dignitaries to see previous mistakes and to learn from them making the world a better place. When History becomes a lie that is when the society suffers as a whole whether it be physically or mentally.

The party is falsifying records in their favor to gain more control over the society. They do this for the overall purpose to control society members and belittle their thought process.

“Do you realize that the past, starting from yesterday, has been actually abolished” (127).
“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street and building has been renamed, every date has been altered”(127).

This point shows one of the aspects the party uses to control society. This point highlights how awful it would be to live in this time. Winston feels helpless and this is the reason why. Whatever Winston does to change history it will be erased and gone forever no matter how hard he tries.

Body Paragraph Outlaw of Love
The party kills, and makes life miserable when love is successfully acted upon.

“The sexual act, successfully performed, was rebellion” (58)
“Desire was thought crime” (58)

Evidence of why people have gone missing and are erased from society is due to this invisible conduct the party has. The society only learns how to adapt like any animal in their habitat. Free will is discriminated and does not appear to be in 1984.

Concluding Statement
The love life of someone is a very personal matter that the Party obviates in order to stay superior of the society. This may seem like an act against humanity but does not come to the wrong doing, when people’s entire life is a doormat for IngSoc to use.

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Invasion of Privacy
Topic Sentence: The intrusive methods that IngSoc uses are shocking as it completely acts against the rights of a person. The fact that the year 1984 has come to the use of complete surveillance 24/7 is disgusting.

Complete surveillance all the time. Big Brother is watching you. If stepped out of line they will know and kill you.

"Your worst enemy, he reflected, was your own nervous system. At any moment the tension inside you was liable to translate itself into some visible symptom."(64)

"a mixture of psychologist and inquisitor, studying with extraordinary minuteness the meaning of facial expressions, gestures and tones of voice, and testing the truth-producing effects of drugs, shock therapy, hypnosis, and physical torture."(194)

This point showing that the surveillance is always watching and will kill you if you do something wrong is really terrifying and will hopefully give reality of what 1984 was like to the readers of this essay. This point will show how dark and glum 1984 was written and how horrible it was to live in.

Body Paragraph
Invasion of Privacy
Everything is in possession of the party. Nothing is yours.

“Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimeters inside your skull” (25).

This point will signify and show how the party really invaded and completely went against the right of a person’s free will.

Concluding Statement
Tactics used such as this and turning the children into spies such as Mr. Parson’s very own daughter turning him in for thoughtcrime are used every day to obstruct the justice of free will.
Topic Sentence: Love is what people want to be surrounded with and cherish in life. In 1984 the party targets and cuts this emotion as it drains people’s energy from devoting all their life to the party.

The closing off relationships allows for the party to develop more power and control.

The sex impulse was dangerous to the Party, and the Party had turned it to account. They had played a similar trick with the instinct of parenthood. The family could not actually be abolished, and, indeed, people were encouraged to be fond of their children, in almost the old-fashioned way. The children, on the other hand, were systematically turned against their parents and taught to spy on them and report their deviations. The family had become in effect an extension of the Thought Police. It was a device by means of which everyone could be surrounded night and day by informers who knew him intimately. (109-110)

This point shows why the party stripped away loving someone. This was done as it closed the world off in a way. People who are in love are on the same page and put their energy into one another. The party taking this emotion away allows for ultimate control as all thoughts and energy of the society goes towards the party.
Restatement Thesis: The loss of free will in the society members of the year 1984 is apparent as history is being abolished and changed every day, the dying of real love and the invasion of privacy.

Major Points: History being lost, love is no longer an emotion to express to another person and the invasion of privacy show that the world in 1984 does not include the rights the 21st century has now.

Concluding Statement: Life can either be a blessing or a curse; only pure luck can save you.

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Work Cited
Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic Press, 2008. Print.
Orwell, George . "An interview with George Orwell." An interview with George Orwell
5 Feb. 1984: n. pag. Print.

Orwell, George. 1984: a novel. New York, N.Y.: Published by Signet Classic :, 1977.
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