Nineteen Eighty Four

In Canada, we have the freedom to do almost anything. In the novel Nineteen
Eighty Four, there is no freedom. Although there are no laws in Oceania, there
are consequences to doing thoughtcrime. The consequences are used not for
punishment but for the limitation of people who may perform a crime in the
future. There are many differences in our society today and the society that of
Nineteen Eighty Four. In our society today, we encourage thinking. Even in
schools, children are taught to express themselves in any way possible. Story
writing, acting, or even art, there are a variety of ways to achieve that while
in Oceania, children are taught to spy on their parents to see if they are
having thoughtcrimes. Thoughtcrime is a word in Newspeak that controls any
individual thought. One cannot think on his or her own. He or she can only think
what the government tells or allows him or her to think. If they are ever caught
with thoughtcrime, he or she would be vapourized. Freedom of speech is limited
due to the fact that thought can lead to the destruction of the government.


Speech is also restricted due the Newspeak. Newspeak limits the words one can
use to eliminate thoughtcrime. Without words, one cannot fully express
themselves. The people of Oceania do not have the freedom of expression like we
do. Without thought, there is no expressions of any kind, which makes him or her
a goodthinker. A goodthinker is one that knows naturally, without thought, how
to behave or act according to the government. In society today, there is freedom
of expression everywhere. In magazines, on televisions, on people themselves and
even communication. People express themselves through their clothing, while in
the book, everyone wears the same thing. There is no freedom of expression
whatsoever. In both magazines and television, people express their opinion all
the time with no fear of being vapourized or the fear of the consequences the
community of Oceania has to face. Today, people will protest against the
government for what they believe in. For example, teachers protested Bill 160 in
the streets against the government. There would never be public protests against
the government in Oceania. History is important for one to know of what has
happened in the past and learn from it. We are able to learn history through
books, videos and even from people. History for the community of Oceania is
constantly changing. The workers of the Ministry of Truth, rewrites history
without complaint. Records are changed to better suit the present. People are so
naive that they would believe anything the government says. For example, one day
they can be at war with Eurasia, and the next minute they are at war with
Eastasia. The people of Oceania, are not living with any human rights. Without
freedom, they are no better then a caged animal. There are just puppets that the
government controls. Everyone should be entitled to freedom in order to live a
happy and full life.

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