’ (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, if a country is viewed as an individual then patriotism plays the main role. Hence patriotism has to come from within a person out of his love for is country. It cannot come from suppressing a man’s primal instincts. Analysis of George Orwells Political Orthodoxy.
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