Loading in 2 Seconds...
Loading in 2 Seconds...
Hypertext Response and Analysis of 1984 By George Orwell. By: Kira Latoszewski & Arianna Porte.
By: Kira Latoszewski & Arianna Porte
“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” (Orwell 263)
“Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness”
The use of polysyndeton during O’Brien’s speech illustrates a large multitude of things that human beings strive to achieve in life, such as wealth, luxury, etc. By adding in the conjunctions, it turns the sentence into a laundry list, detailing a vast range of items that connotate with feelings of happiness and success. In the text, O’Brien is listing off the qualities in order to illustrate for Winston all the things that the government has no desire to procure for it’s people. This pours irony into the situation because those are the type of things that, traditionally, the government would strive towards achieving. By explicitly specifying things in which the Party does not care about in a laundry list, it better exemplifies their lust for power even if it means oppressing the majority of the population.
“…only power, pure power”
The use of alliteration in the text puts emphasis on the ultimate goal of the government: power. Repetition of the constant sounds forces the reader to better remember the point of the text, which in this case, is the idea of power. Orwell scarcely utilizes alliteration in his novel, therefore, the use of it in this portion of O’Brien’s speech stands out to the reader and allows for the point of power and absolute rule to be better emphasized.
Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games could easily be compared to George Orwell’s timeless novel, 1984. Both novels take place in the dystopian future where society is breaming with corruption. The leader of the corrupted government in The Hunger Games, President Snow, can be juxtaposition to the Inner Party in 1984 for their thirst for absolute rule. In 1984, the citizens of Oceania live in constant fear of being betrayed by their own thoughts, living each day under the oppressive thumb of a totalitarian government. The citizens of Panem, the setting of The Hunger Games, are kept in control by the looming threat of the Hunger Games, an annual event that pins teenagers against one another, fighting to the death. The governments in both novels utilize fear in order to maintain in power.
The desperate need for power that the Oceania government yearns for is something that I cannot relate to. The idea of controlling someone's every move and every thought goes against my religious beliefs. God gave man free will to make his own choices and have his own thoughts. Having a government that tries to control individuals' thoughts and actions is a government that is trying to be God, except with more power. How I define power is different than how the Party would define it. To them it's all about having control, but for me, someone who has power means influencing others for the greater good. For example, Martin Luther King Jr. was a powerful man because he influenced African Americans to stand up for equality. Mother Teresa was powerful because even though she was poor herself, she and other nuns went out to help poorer people who often suffered from AIDS and leprosy in India. MLK Jr. and Mother Teresa are only a couple of examples of individuals who were powerful leaders because they helped the greater common good, rather than serve their own interests.