War is Peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. In the dystopian novel 1984, by George Orwell, these are the three slogans that the society of Oceania lives by under the ruling of the party. Throughout the book, we as readers view the different types of ways that the party rules their society. From the thoughtpolice, to adults spies and children spies, propaganda, and telescreens are some of the ways that the party controls Oceania. In Oceania, disobeying or going against the party is an extreme offense and can result in severe consequences, or worse, death. Using technology and propaganda, we read about how paranoid and emotionless the people of Oceania really are. We watch the crumbling of the society of Oceania and the different ways that the party is accomplishing this. We witness all this through the eyes of the main protagonist of the story, Winston SmithAccording to the Merriam Webster, humanity is defined as “the quality or state of being kind to other people or to animals.” The ability to have dreams, emotions, and opinions is what makes us essentially human beings. ADD In society, marriage is seen as the union of two sexes who have strong and loving affection for each other. However, in the society of 1984, the idea of relationships and connections with people is completely unheard of. In 1984, love or the idea of having affection for your spouse is forbidden. For example, the party states that, “All marriages between Party members had to be approved by a committee… to beget children for the service of the Party.” As you can see, the people of Oceania have no right or say in their marriage. To the party, marriage is seen as only a form of procreation and sex is to be done with professionalism. The only purpose of marriage is to help grow the population and to avoid the possibility of loving your spouse more than big brother. Marriage is seen as a threat to the party since it couldn’t be controlled which explains the reasoning for it being looked down upon. In Oceania, an example of a typical family that have no emotions for each other whatsoever is, the Parsons. The Parsons are Winston’s next door neighbors and they represent the typical marriage in Oceania, emotionless and heartless. In 1984, when children are born into families, they are turned by the party into spies that spy on their own family members. Winston explains this by saying, “And with good reason, for hardly a week passed in which ‘The Times’ did not carry a paragraph …remark and denounced its parents to the Thought Police.” The party have completely convinced Parsons children to turn against them and if they ever even think of committing thoughtcrime to sell them out immediately. Forcing children against their own parents is one way of ensuring that families have no emotional connection to each other and that the families become threatened by each other. From the beginning, us as the readers realize quickly how little control the people of Oceania have in their daily lives. The people of Oceania are controlled by the party in numerous ways such as propaganda, fear, death, and brainwashing. In Oceania, we are introduced with the idea of helicopters peeking in citizens homes and the unturnable telescreens. Winston explains the horrible telescreens by saying, “The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously…whether you were being watched at any given moment.” From this, we imagine the people of Oceania constantly being surveyed and the amount of uncertain stress, fear, and terribleness that they feel from it. Having a moment of doubt or disagreement in the party will immediately result in severe punishment or death. Being constantly watched can affect your daily life tremendously and it can affect how you behave and interact with people daily. Another way that the party tries to maintain control of society is by changing or altering history. One of the party’s slogans states that, “who controls the present controls the past; who controls the past controls the future.” In 1984, Winston’s job is to rewrite or delete previous documents and history in order for them to match the party’s truth. If the party has the ability to control the past then they also have the ability to control historic events that happen and what the people remember. Likewise, this also allows the party to control future events as well. Also, party has also been shortening the number of English words by making a more simpler and easier dictionary called, the Newspeak. The party believes that by making a more simpler language then it’ll be harder for the people to perform thoughtcrime since their won’t be many words to choose from. Reading 1984 shows the reader how far the trouble and lengths the party will go to in order to have complete dominance over their society. The party will stop at nothing in order to establish complete loyalty to big brother. 1984 gives the reader a unique perspective on how it feels to live in a totalitarian society. A society that is pumped up with fear and paranoia is not the right way to rule society. In Oceania, with no escape and possibility of overthrowing the party, the people have only one decision to make to end it all, by committing suicide.