Pol S 101 Fall 2018 Essay Assignment George Orwell’s iconic dystopian novel 1984 chronicled life in a totalitarian society.

Having witnessed the Spanish Civil War, the rise of Fascism in Europe prior to W.W. II and the rise of the development of the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin, he was also aware of the tools employed by these totalitarian regimes to gain and maintain power. Orwell, who had worked for the Ministry of Information in Britain during World War II, understood the way in which governments of all types manipulated the truth to serve their ends. Recent events in Europe and the United States have raised the specter of the emergence of authoritarian governments in countries that have been democratic in nature for a long time. Aside from this, in a general sense, the privacy of individuals is being increasingly adversely affected and individuals are being adversely manipulated through technological advancements. With these things in mind, write a 10 page, double-spaced essay discussing the major themes from 1984 as they relate to the major concepts of the course and contemporary society (last 30 years). Expectations: 1) That you will write clear and coherent sentences, including correct grammar and spelling. 2) That will write paragraphs that are appropriate in length (4-6 sentences) and that develop an idea in a logical and respectful fashion. 3) That you will present a discussion of the topic that will be developed from one paragraph to the next in a logical fashion. 4) That you will use reliable and balanced sources of information to support your discussion. 5) That you will reference all ideas/words/images that are not your own so that the reader can easily determine the original source of these ideas/words. MLA citation methods should be used.

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