George Orwell’s 1984 takes place in Oceania, a country ruled by English Socialism (Ingsoc) and an all-powerful organization known as the Party. For most people, there is an inadequate supply of goods, and everything is ugly and tastes horrible. Winston, the main character, constantly wonders if the past was better.
In the society he lives in, there is no love, trust, or friendship. Although these people live in a world like this, revolt is impossible because man is no longer human.An example of this lack of humanity is the relationships the people have with one another. They “do not have friends nowadays, they have comrades” (Orwell 43). People are only allowed to have sex for reproduction. The pleasure was taken out of sex, and it is done only as an obligation to the Party. Marriages aren’t based on love, and they, too, are done only as an obligation to the Party.
Children are taught at a young age to be spies for the Party. Most go so far as to turn in their own parents to the Thought Police. Love and friendship are major things that makes us human, and without these things, we lose any feelings that we may have.The conditions that the people in 1984 live in are absolutely horrible. For example, “a Party member lives from birth to death under the eye of the Thought Police. Even when he is alone he can never be sure that he is alone” (Orwell 173). They were always being watched by telescreens – at home, at work, in the bathroom.
Members of the Party are forced to wear blue uniform overalls everyday. They live in disgusting rooms, are forced to eat horrible food, and have boring jobs. The hallway leading to Winston’s apartment “smelt of boiled cabbage and old rag mats” (Orwell 5). The Party takes the pleasure out of everything they possibly can.The Party controls everyone and everything.
There is no love for anyone, and the only love that exists is a love for the Party. There is also no thinking. If someone is suspected of thoughtcrime, thinking anything not approved by the Party, they’re tortured until they confess.Although the proles have the ability to think and feel, they’re too occupied with petty things to realize what is happening. As one can see, the Party controls everyone and everything to the point where there is no hope for a revolt. They have taken away everything that makes man human.