"War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength." This is the slogan of the Ministry of Truth, a branch of the totalitarian government in post-war London. The figurehead of this government is Big Brother, who employs a vast army of informers called the Thought Police who watch and listen to every citizen at all times through a device called a telescreen for the least signs of criminal deviation or unorthodox thoughts. This novel, like
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passive response to a world he cannot endure, and he effectively shuts the door on the outside world. Nineteen Eighty Four suggests that the government alienates each member of society from one another, and warns the reader what life can be like without the privileges of fundamental civil and human rights. Through the character of Winston Smith, Orwell shows the destruction of the sane individual who can not adapt to an insane society.