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‘Big Sibling’ is an imaginary character in George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984. He is the strange totalitarian of Oceania. The people of Oceania are under continuous security by the authorities of the totalitarian routine by the ways of sophisticated devices called telescreens. They are continuously advised of the truth that ‘Huge Bro is viewing you’. However, the truth of this character is to be doubted and Orwell by a tactical usage of language makes his presence an incredibly ambiguous one.
On the one hand he “figured as the leader and guardian of the Transformation considering that its extremely earliest days.
His exploits had been slowly pressed backwards in time until currently they extended into the magnificent world of the forties and the thirties”. On the other, as the protagonist observes he was first discussed in the political circumstance in the sixties and remarkably in the year 1984, he appears to be a handsome male of forty-four. All these serve just to raise concerns about the truth of the Huge Sibling.
However, when O’Brien says that Big Brother can never die, and the book apparently written by the rebel Emanuel Goldstein states: “nobody has ever seen Big Brother. He is a face on the hoardings, a voice on the telescreen… Big Brother is the guise in which the Party chooses to exhibit itself to the world. His function is to act as a focusing point for love, fear, and reverence, emotions, which are more easily felt towards an individual than towards an organization…” one realizes the truth about this character.
Like everything else in the totalitarian regime Big Brother is nothing but a construct of Newspeak. Newspeak, the language devised by the Party to manipulate and control the psychology of the masses, plays an intrinsic role in the presentation of Big Brother as a benevolent leader, loved and revered, who protects the citizen from the big bad outside world.
Just like Newspeak, Big Brother too, is a mind-control tool used to mask the truth, mislead and deceive people and lead them into accepting the party propaganda as the absolute truth. In this sense, Newspeak and Big Brother has similar functions in the structuring of the similar state and complements each other in reality. Works Cited Orwell, George. Nineteen Eighty-Four. London: Penguin Books, 1990.
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