George Orwell's 1984

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George Orwell's 1984 George Orwell's novel 1984 is a frightening example of a totalitarian government. This government of unchallenged power controls not only the present and future of its people, but also the past. Many times the Party, the name of the government, alters the past to suit its needs. Orwell's vision is frightening because of the total lack of freedom given to the people by the government. In many ways George Orwell's vision of the future has come true, and the similarities between the present and the world in George Orwell's 1984 are very frightening. In George Orwell's 1984 the situation of the people in Oceania seems extreme and impossible. In many ways those same situations are present today. Our government recently has greatly resembled the party in its use of doublespeak. Doublespeak, definition: two contradictory ideas expressed in such a way as to negate any confusion. Affirmative action, a recent hot topic in the election, is a definite example of one of these doublespeak plans that our government proposes so very often.

One can easily see the contradiction in Affirmative Action, to help against discrimination during the hiring process by discriminating against others. To say that this is a great plan of action to stop discrimination during the hiring process is a folly. Their proposal of removing the discrimination merely redirects it. The government's attempt to control the situation in Bosnia is another example of our governments use of doublespeak. Our efforts to keep the peace in Bosnia is a glaring contradiction, keeping peace by threatening to kill. How can a peace-keeper convey the message of peace with an M-16 in his hands and a rocket propelled grenade (an RPG is similar to a bazooka) strapped to his back? Another example of doublespeak has greater implications, why...