Corrina
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I'm reading this for school and I really like it so far but I'm kind of confused on what Big Brother actually is?

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Niklas Big Brother is the personification of the state of Oceania. The book explains that the existence of Big Brother is necessary because it is easier to love a person than an organisation, and that the name "Big Brother" was selected because it plays on family loyalty.
○ tessa ○ Big Brother is very similar to the concept of 'Uncle Sam' in the United States - he's more so a poster figure than anything else.
Bigsoph Two comments
1. Tys, you aren't funny
2. Big Brother is the symbolic leader of an all encompassing state. In the book he is never named and may actually be a pastiche of early leaders who lead the Revolution that established IngSoc (look it up). His appearance is very similar to Iosif Stalin, who served as the model for Orwell (read Homage to Catalonia how a dedicated socialist like Mr. Blair (George Orwell's real name) wrote a book warning about the dangers of excessive government)

In the book you will find explanations as to why they made the supreme leader a face without a name but, briefly, people get frail and die, symbols live on.
Melanie Penny Please ignore Tys O
Zeholipael He's supposed to be a dictator, sort of. Really, he doesn't exist, he's just a mascot the government uses to put a face on the regime.
Ray If this had been written today, then "Big Brother" would be the "NSA"
Marko Rõõmusoks Big Brother is an abstraction created as a focus-point of absolute self-sacrificing love, devotion. Because Oceania is demolishing family institution, BB is the only object whom positive emotions can be directed to, so the everything else can be hated - the regime derives its power from hatred.
"Power is God." - read the O'Brien's monologue about the power near the end of the book.
Christopher Peruzzi
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Deano I just finished the book and need to vent.
Christine Big Brother is the face of the government in Oceania. He may or may not exist as no one knows. He is also the opposite to Goldstein
Nathan Thomson Big Brother is the name for the government of Oceania
Oana
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Elise Maybe BB is God... or our will to survive... perhaps BB is a trap.
Max Freeman Big Brother is slavish adherence to the State. In all forms. Many read this as an anti-Stalinist tract, but just as easily, one could interpret the excesses of any State, which relies on the blind self subjugation of its masses, as akin to Oceania.

If you want lots, and lots of extra marks, draw a comparison between this book, Gullivers travels, and then Zamyatins "We", (the book Orwell plagiarized for this novel. Although don't use the word plagiarized, your teacher will have a hissy fit, such is the love for Orwell among the great barely-read.
Timothy Morrison he is an idealization of joseph stalin, as Goldstein is a version of trotsky
Manel Rouis I'm reading this Book for school too and she asked us why do you think the author named the Book 1984 ?
Does anyone know why please ?
Mustafa Ali Saba Big Brother is a strong symbol of the state, the political actor, the president. Like a God in the skies watching you.
Shannon Turner dont focus on big brother, focus on the term doublethink.
Lambukeh A patriarchal title is something every Commie Founding Fathers had used so far, just as Niklas has explained.

See for yourself:
http://www.vietvaluetravel.com/guide/...
Tos_ayeyahoo.com basically is the government oceania, but it was also a particular individual in charge of that government. although that individual no longer exists in the book he is still used as a weapon of fear and control
B.r.
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