Surveillance in The Handmaid's Tale and 1984

Constant Surveillance


- "the telescreen ... could be dimmed but there was no way of shutting it off completely"

- the poster with the enormous face gazed from the wall ... eyes follow you when you move"

- "even a back can be revealing"


- "four digits and an eye" (Offred's tattoo)

- "The Angels stood outside it with their backs to us. They were objects of fear to us." 

- "perhaps he is an eye"

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Critical Quotes on Surveillance

Gerber: "There is no way out of the Dystopian state, even in thought" 

Yeo: "Propaganda and surveillance ... are esentially linked"

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