A comparitive essay on how George Orwell warned us of the Tiananmen Square uprising.

Essay by rottenbinkleHigh School, 11th gradeA+, June 2002

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In 1948, author George Orwell wrote an all-time classic, 1984, that warned people what Communism could become. He foreshadowed many events that eventually took place within the Communist Party. He described a government that had so much power over the people, that it could never be overturned. When the People's of the Republic of China was established a year later on Oct. 1, 1949, a terrible fate had taken hold of the people China. Communism was formed. It was then called a glorious revolution, but more evil came out of it than good. Mao Zedong assumed power in replace of Chiang Kaishek, leader of the Nationalist party. One by one cities in China fell to the PLA, the People's Liberation Army. Many years later, in 1989, the Tiananmen Square Massacre proved that it will be a very long time before a democratic revolution could ever occur.

The government described by Orwell was a malicious, power-hungry group of a few people that were called "the inner-party members".

They ruled over every aspect of life and created a distopia to live in. There is a quote said by one of the inner-party member characters, O'Brian, that sums up the party's wants.

"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 German Nazis, the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended...that just around the corner lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that" (Orwell 217)

One aspect of the party's doctrine was secrecy and the changing of facts. The main...