Kayleigh WenzelmannENG4UMs. LidstoneDecember 7 2017Lack of Privacy and Effect of No Individualism Essay In the novel 1984 written by George Orwell, Winston’s mentality is related to this quote thoroughly “To be left alone is the most precious thing one can ask of the modern world.” (Anthony Burgess). Personal privacy and space is never granted throughout the book. Everyone is always a subject to observation, even by their own family members and friends. Since Big Brother is always watching and the Thought Police are always on the lookout, it is impossible for any kind of individualism to flourish. 1984 was written in 1949 by George Orwell and he hinted at technology which never even existed in that era. Winston Smith the main character of this novel observes the signs around the city such as “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU.” (Orwell 3). It was true, Big Brother was always watching, he had eyes everywhere, and those eyes were telescreens. They were inside people’s houses, in public areas, at work, everywhere they could possibly think of. People are hesitant to do or say things that might seem that they are against Big Brother in any way. All people are aware of each other and “It was almost normal for people over thirty to be frightened of their own children.” (Orwell 31). Even their own children and family were watching and listening to them when they thought they could be themselves and there were no telescreens around. They could not even think freely because “It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen.” (Orwell 79). In the book everyone knows that they are always being watched, but in reality people do observe each other and there are lots of cameras, however people do not realize that they are being watched in public places most of the time. What people do not realize is that their children are always watching them and even if they think they are not, they notice everything their parents do they are their children’s role models. In the novel their children always do watch their parents still but they look at them for any suspicious behaviour like child spies. Big Brother does not need to justify its ways because it holds all of the power in society through its ministries. In the novel Winston expresses that “You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.” (Orwell 5). The ultimate goal for Big Brother is that no one will be capable of committing thoughtcrime or even better will question the Party’s supreme power. Newspeak made it impossible to commit a thought crime because “All ambiguities and shades of meaning had been purged out of them. It was quite impossible to use the vocabulary for literary purposes or for political or philosophical discussion” (Orwell 378). With this new concept of Newspeak, Big Brother is able to control society’s thoughts through a language. By creating Newspeak, the Party made it impossible to conceive rebellious or disobedient thoughts, because no words would exist that would allow them to express these thoughts. The reason behind conceiving this entire new language was so that no one can break the rules, Winston even proves that by saying “Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.” (Orwell 67). By inventing Newspeak, the Party is able to eliminate free thought, and is able to control the minds of the citizens by using language as mind control. Today’s society in the 21st century is still changing the vocabulary of the english community. Turning simple words into bigger words making the basic meaning seem more intelligent and diverse than it actually is. Freedom is individuality, and individuality is freedom. Winston demonstrated this as he writes “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.” (Orwell 103). The denial of the rights to think and act upon unique thoughts is the foundation of the Party’s power to control the mindless population of Oceania in George Orwell’s infernal vision of 1984. If a single person can create a society in which every one of its members believes something that is not true, they are capable of anything, “And what was terrifying was not that they would kill you for thinking otherwise, but that they might be right.”(Orwell 102). This forms the basis of Orwell’s fears of mind control. He illustrates here the Party’s ability to completely brainwash an entire society. Orwell utilizes Winston’s character arch as a mechanism to depict the emerging discovery of individuality and how Winston plays with every concept of being unique. Winston has a very unique personality compared to others proved by the way he describes his actions such as when he says “The thing that he was about to do was to open a diary. This was not illegal (nothing was illegal, since there were no longer any laws), but if detected it was reasonably certain that it would be punished by death, or at least by twenty-five years in a forced-labour camp.” (Orwell 9). Winston’s exclusive personality gives him the ability to see his society differently to everyone else that has been brainwashed by the Party. Winston struggled to try to be his own person throughout the novel and people in today’s society still do struggle to be their own person because society still has its “rules” and people try to follow society’s expectations. In conclusion, personal privacy and space is never granted throughout the book. Everyone is always a subject to observation, even by their own family members and friends. Since Big Brother is always watching and the Thought Police are always on the lookout, it is impossible for any kind of individualism to flourish. However the only thing that was keeping Winston sane was believing that he was not the only one against the party and that there were others like him. The only thing that was keeping Julia sane was rebelling in her own way and believing that the Party could not get inside and change the readers emotions. Both Winston and Julia were living meaningless lives until they met each other and once they were separated their lives became meaningless once again. The party had converted their minds into having love for nothing but the Party. The Party was happy with what it had accomplished but all uniqueness, happiness and love had been removed from Winston and Julia’s hearts and minds, leaving no hope left for any kind of individualism to continue to flourish.Work Cited”1984 by George Orwell.” 1984: Important Quotes with Page Numbers | George Orwell | Homework Online, www.homework-online.com/1984/important-quotes.html.”1984 Quotes.” BookRags, BookRags, www.bookrags.com/notes/1984/quo.html#gsc.tab=0.Burgess, Anthony M. “A quote from Homage To Qwert Yuiop.” Quote by Anthony Burgess: “To be left alone is the most precious thing one…”,www.goodreads.com/quotes/62264-to-be-left-alone-is-the-most-precious-thing-one.Campbell, Gregory M. “Transition Words.” Transition Words, https://msu.edu/~jdowell/135/transw.html.”The world’s favorite online thesaurus!” Thesaurus.com, www.thesaurus.com/.Livingston, Kathy. “Writing the Body Paragraph.” Writing the Body Paragraph for Your Essay, http://lklivingston.tripod.com/essay/body.html.