16th October 2017

Significant Connections: Draft


  • Establishes the over-arching idea/aspect
  • Identify the texts you will refer to
  • Expand on what conclusions this has lead you to

The black moustachioed face gazed down from every commanding corner.

BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, the caption said, while the dark eyes looked deep into Winston’s own.

Absolute power corrupts absolutely. John Dalberg-Acton is widely believed to have meant that when the individual is placed in positions of absolute power they are corrupted absolutely. So what occurs when the collective has absolute power over the individual?

There is no text in the canon of English literature that wholly exemplifies this idea better than George Orwell’s ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’. The ‘Party’ is presented as having absolute power over the individual and the corrupting effects of this power are clear to see, once absolute power was attained the inner party introduced a number of policies to ensure that the individual finds it impossible to rebel. “Winston kept his back turned to the telescreen. It was safer, though, as he well knew, even a back can be revealing.” The telescreens in Nineteen Eighty-Four show one of the tangible ways in which the parties power has corrupted absolutely, by existing in the homes of every individual privacy no longer exists, their every word or action tracked. More importantly, the widespread surveillance creates a culture within which every civilian has accepted this intrusion, it is seen simply as a necessary evil to ensure that any renegades are quickly and effectively dealt with. This culture of surveillance means that even when a telescreen isn’t present or it seems safe the individual would still not dare to act against the state, it is engrained in the minds of these civilians that they are being watched. Winston dares to act against this instinct and pays the ultimate price because of course, the party is always watching, whether or not they can see you. “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, the caption said, while the dark eyes looked deep into Winston’s own.” Those who exist in the world of Nineteen Eighty-Four have been indoctrinated into knowing that the party can observe things that are not possibly observable due to their absolute power, this corruption of thought is present throughout this novel and is a feature of the genre. ‘Manipulation of language’

Culture of surveillance, reference of posters connects to other texts.

Concentrate on control over thoughts.


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