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controls it s citizens. It controls what they see, hear, the news they are exposed to, and the past news they have access to. They had succeeded in ascertaining their power by wiping out most of the people that existed when they first came into power. The older generation had mostly been wiped out in the great purges of the fifties and sixties, and the few who survived had long ago been terrified into complete intellectual surrender.” (Orwell, pg.74), this shows us how power was the driving force for the Party as it purged great numbers of people so it could run the country as it would, all those lives were in sacrifice for their struggle for power. Then after they had achieved their power they had the means to enforce it, The Thought Police would get [anyone] just the same (Orwell, p.21). This shows us how Winston s mind worked, he knew that the Thought Police would get him eventually because the Government had proven itself over the past 40 or so years. It had proven to the people that there was no beating the system, no matter how hard you tried you couldn t beat the system. Every day more and more people became unpersons . Big Brother had the power to make the people believe anything they wanted to. For all they knew Oceania could have been a self contained state, and the rest of the world could have been free, but they would have been none the wiser. Just toys in a game being played with and discarded at will being pushed around and controlled by a master hand from above. The plot shows us how power is the driving force behind all of the characters decisions by leading us through Winston s struggle against his own mind, and then into his struggle with O Brien and the Ministry of Love. In the end we see that, He loved Big Brother (Orwell, p 311), and that his struggle for power was ultimately lost at the hands of the greater power, wanting more power: INGSOC, the newspeak word for English Socialism. Big Brother had won the battle for Winston s mind. They had broken down what little humanity remained in him. He was merely a shell of what he used to be, now he was filled with only what Big Brother wanted him to be. He had no feelings, no conscience, he merely reflected the ideal party member, in thought and in deed. The setting of the society, and the totalitarian government shows the dangers of what may happen when the hunger for power is satisfied. From the terror they represent in the proles minds, to the fear that they instill in the party members, Big Brother is proof that Absolute Power, Corrupts Absolutely . In a world where power is unattainable, it becomes the sole desire for man. Although power is constantly used as a magnet for those who are not yet strong enough to resist it, it is kept for those who are perfect in the eyes of the government. Winston and Julia are merely two examples of the many people trying to thwart a system of government that is all-powerful, all-knowing. The control of the past also adds to Big Brother s power. The plot shows the hunger for power by revolving every aspect of the novel around power. The thought police as a means of the government s controlling of the general population, represents the means to gain power, while the everyday person is what is sacrificed for power. Power hunger is indeed resident within each individual.