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The novel 1984 by George Orwell takes place in a dystopian society that is led by an oppressive government, where "Big Brother is always right". It is illegal to harbor individual thoughts, and such crimes are punishable by death. The story revolves around Winston Smith, and his thoughts and endeavours against Big Brother. He rebels, falls in love, and commits actions that are considered treason against the party. Through his acts of treason, he and his lover are brought back to The Ministry of Love, and tortured into re-education. The story is then concluded with a bullet to Winston's head and his victory over himself. Winston comes to love Big Brother. (110 words)


The absolute form of government dehumanizes the people.

This picture shows the equation, 2+2=5, that is correct in the eyes of the party. This simple equation denies the human senses and defies human logic. Taking theses senses, and defying this logic would dehumanize the individual into anything other than human.(42 words)


As this picture shows, the only way to stop thoughtcrime is to stop thinking altogether. This goes against the nature of the human mind which is always running and full of ideas. To stop all thoughts is impossible within a fully functional human being. To accomplish that within any individual would be dehumanizing.(53 words)

Telescreen Supervision

This is an illustration of an eye watching the subject from all angles, through countless telescreens. This intense twenty four hour surveillance supresses the rights to freedom of speech and movement that humans are born with, and prevents any form of self expression, which dehumanizes the people.(47 words)

1984By: George Orwell


Theme Statement

Pure Imagination

"Thoughtcrime does not entail death: thoughtcrime IS death" (28)

"The Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it [...] and what was terrifying was not that they would kill you for thinking otherwisem but that they might be right" (80)




By: Fiona Apple

"It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away [...] In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face was itself a punishable offense" (62)

Video Analysis:

This song depicts the world of "pure imagination" as a paradise. A world of perfection. It sets up an illusion of a world that is perfect through deceptive and oppressive words that cannot be denied. The song holds an artificial cheery tone that is very eerie and meant to deceive. The lyrics of the song deceive the listener into believing a world of lies, much like the party does, and alters the mind of the people and dehumanizes them. (79 words)

'If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it [...] There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination, living there you'll be free" (Fiona Apple)


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