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1984- The quote

on Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:47 am
To began, big brother was controlling everything in Oceania. The people’s thoughts, language and actions where all being watched very carefully. That is because the goal of this society is to have power over it’s population. Whenever someone is considered a danger for their objective that person vanishes as if into thin are and no one ever sees them again. Later in the story, Winston, also, got captured by the thought police and got put into a prison until it was time for O’Brien to interrogate him. During these interrogations, he was put under a lot of pain. The more he replied with the same answers the more pain he received. O’Brien eventually tells him that their goal is to control the people and not object because that is what power is. In the same page, O’Brien tells Winston the reason why they torture people.
“O’Brien: ‘How does one man assert his power over another Winston?’
Winston: ‘By making him suffer.’
O’Brien: ‘Obedience is not enough. Unless he is suffering, how can you be sure that he is obeying your will and not his own? Power is in inflicting pain and humiliation. Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.” P. 279

The reason I chose this quote is because it resumes briefly the passed pages where Winston was being tortured until he not only tells them what they want to hear but starts thinking it as well. They did not want people to simply repeat what they are told, they want them to believe it and not question it. So, to make him believe everything they say they just continued hurting him until he started believing everything he was told. It was as if he was brainwashed.
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Re: 1984- The quote

on Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:42 pm
Excellent analysis! Very Happy I think you are definetly correct by saying it does summarize the passage where Winston is being tortured. To add to your analysis, I would also mention the fact that in this small little conversation we are finally able to see just HOW cruel Big Brother's society is in reality. We (as readers) did realise that Big Brother was capable of brainwashing the citizens of Oceania into having the same beliefs about their society but we were not sure how he did it. With Winston now captured, we realise that they brainwash any citizens that still do not have complete faith in Big Brother by pure torture until not only they are in pain, but until their minds are to pieces. Especially with the famous room 101, we can see that there is a point in torture where not only the victim is in pain but they also go into a state of mind where they would rather inflict the pain to ANYONE but them. This state of mind wants to be reached by the people torturing them because it is at that exact point where they can say that the person that they torture does not hold any ties to anyone in the society anymore. Therefore, now that the person being tortured does not have any ties with anyone anymore, the Inner Party is able to impose the love for ONLY Big Brother on someone's mind. Lastly, as you mentioned, this statement proves the fact that the citizens of Oceania ARE being brainwashed by Big Brother into believing his various ideologies.
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