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Violence, Censorship and Intimidation in 1984

            According to the Online Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of totalitarianism is "the political concept that the citizen should be totally subject to an absolute authority"(http://www.merriam-webster.com). In other words, totalitarianism can be defined as a political concept that absolute power should be entrusted in one or more rulers. George Orwell's full name is Eric Arthur Blair (Ms. Lechman's class notes 2014-2015). He was born on June 25 in Motihari, India. In 1949, he published 1984. Orwell died on January 21, 1959 in London due to complications from tuberculosis. George Orwell's novel titled 1984 shows the dangers of a totalitarian regime through the usage of violence, censorship, and intimidation as their major methods of control. .
             To begin with, 1984 has an abundant amount of violence. According to the Online Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of violence is "the use of physical force to harm someone, to damage property, etc." (http://www.merriam-webster.com). In other words, violence can be defined as an abusive behavior. The first example is one of the four ministries, The Ministry of Love. Winston Smith is tortured into "loving" Big Brother in the Ministry of Love. The Ministry of Love is responsible for the documentation, watching, arrest and torture of nonconformists, real or imagined. The simple procedure is to wear down the person with a lot of beatings and electrical torture. Finally, when the person is in a large amount of pain, they are sent to a room, where the Party takes away any remaining desire of individuality or confrontation, and replaces it with a sincere grasp of the Party. The Ministry of Love is different from all the other ministry buildings because it has no windows. Winston thinks, "The Ministry of Love was the really frightening one. There were no windows in it at all. Winston had never been inside the Ministry of Love" (Orwell 6).

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