Why “Big Brother”? (English homework)

Almost 50% of the children have brothers or sisters. So many people know what it means to have a brother – to have someone you might hate sometimes, because he probably competes with you sometimes, but if you need him, he will be there for you just because he is your brother. Especially if he is your big brother: He is more grown up and stronger than you and your rivals and is able to protect you well. So why the hell do you call a dictator, a leader of a totalitarian system “Big Brother”?

Well, in “1984” George Orwell uses a lot of antithesises like “War is peace” etc. to underline the twisting of the reality into the reality the government wants and this surpressing, controlling and brainwashing leader is also basically the antithesis of his name – The way he acts is in contrary to the way he presents himself to the citizens and how everyone sees him: As a protector. Someone who is caring about them, who vaporizes the evil ones. And since the leading of the totalitarian system is represented by “Big Brother”, by one subject, the people can put trust in this person. But probably this face that is presented to the people is not even the face of a real person, its just the fictive  incarnation of the collective domination of the inner party.

So Orwell chooses this name to give a frightening proof how successfull totalitarian systems can present themselves as the helping hand, the good guys or the big brother taking care of the people.


English Exam Task 3: A Comment on “To what extent has Orwell’s fiction become reality?”

Totalitarian, absolutistic states never get old. Even after all the pain humanity has experienced and more than 500 wars, there is still war going on and there are still dictators ,owning all the power of one country. And of course you want to secure your power by observing the society and eliminating movements that could become dangerous. But Germany for example has also increased the observation of public places and just that is criticized for the reason i called before. I want to comment on if it is really an offense to privacy or if that´s just a valid side effect of the security you gain by that. Continue reading “English Exam Task 3: A Comment on “To what extent has Orwell’s fiction become reality?””

A democracy as untruthful as its published facts – A comment on Kellyanne Conway’s alternative facts

The fears of many critics of Donald Trump were realized on January 22nd, when Kellyanne Conway, Advisor of Donald Trump showed how dangerous the outcome of the election in the US could become. In an interview where she was confronted with the fact, that the press secretary spread lies about the number of people that followed the swear-in ceremony Donald Trump as the new president of the US, she used the euphemism “alternative facts” to describe the untruths given to the press. Continue reading “A democracy as untruthful as its published facts – A comment on Kellyanne Conway’s alternative facts”

Characterization of Winston Smith

George Orwell’s dystopic novel “1984”, written in 1948, which takes place in a future where there is an absolutistic system, led by a mysterious unknown subject called “Big Brother”. Winston Smith is the main character, who is questioning the system and trying to find ways to abuse the gaps the system has in order to live more free and independent in his opinion and emotions. The system is controlling the minds of the citizens by observing nearly everything, prohibiting words and building new ones, forcing people to feel certain feelings in certain moments and changing the history the way they want to.

In this essay, I am going to characterize Winston Smith under consideration of the first five chapters: Continue reading “Characterization of Winston Smith”