How are you feeling today? A look at emotions effect on power in Orwell's "1984"

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Imagine a world where every thing you do is watched, unspoken thoughts can get you killed, and what and how you feel are controlled by a higher power. In George Orwell's "1984", you dont have to imagine. In 1984, a totalitarian government known as The Party has taken over modern day England. In order to keep power and order; The Party not only controls what people do and think, but also what they feel. Orwell demonstrates the understanding and manipulation of emotion can be the ultimate tool to build power.

Have you ever hated something or someone so much that it takes control of you? Has it made you become a different person entirely? Hate changes a person. The party knows this and uses it to their advantage. For instance the two-minute hate:

The programmers of the Two Minutes Hate varied from day to day, but there was none in which Goldstein was not the principal figure.

He was the primary traitor, the earliest defiler of the Party's purity. (11)

Hate is an empowering emotion, and The Party realizes this. It is exploited to suit the party's needs. Goldstein and The Brotherhood are used as a dump for all of Oceania's emotional garbage. An essential outlet used to unify the people with a common enemy. Most everyone in Oceania feels hate towards Goldstein, their hate is the product of The Party's manipulation, and an essential key to their success, which is why it is essential that you attend, and impossible to avoid:

The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but, on the contrary, that it was impossible to avoid joining in. Within thirty seconds any pretence was always unnecessary. A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire...