Eventually his love for Julia disappears and he turns into just another broken man who loves big brother.The first thing that could strike a reader after reading the book is the exaggerated notion that is propagated in the book as to how a government can influence the life of its citizens. Family life is depicted as an unwanted necessity. Parents were allowed to bring up their children in the ‘old fashioned way’ ‘the children on the other hand were systematically turned against their parents and taught to spy on them and report their deviations. The family had become in effect an extension of the Thought police. it was a device by means of which everyone could be surrounded night and day by informers who knew him intimately’ (Orwell). Parents who already live in a corrupted atmosphere like the children are unlikely to trust and love their children and love them in the ‘old fashioned way’.Similarly love is looked down upon by the Party ‘when you make love you’re using up energy; and afterwards you feel happy and don’t give a damn for anything. They can’t bear you to feel like that. They want you to be bursting with energy all the time. All this marching up and down and waving flags is simply sex gone sour.’ (Orwell) ‘There was a direct intimate connection between chastity and political orthodoxy. For how could the fear, hatred and lunatic credulity which the party needed in its members be kept at the right pitch except by bottling down some powerful instinct and using it as a driving force?’ (Orwell) Even though the citizens of Oceania are under severe scrutiny and even though their every movement outside the law is severely reprimanded they are expected to be patriotic to the country. Patriotism is often described as a love that a person feels for his country. The question that must be asked is ‘why should a person love his country?’ human beings do not have the option of choosing which country to be born into. So, to expect that a man has to love his country, in spite of all its imperfections and injustice doled out to him is anything but fair. The primary instinct in every living being to survive is followed by the instinct to mate. Love is an emotion that causes attraction and facilitates this process. It is further reinforced by the physiological and psychological makeup of a human being. It is not possible to redirect these instincts into an artificially contrived emotion like patriotism. However
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