in the book '1984' by george orwell, why is mrs. parsons scared of her own children?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    She was afraid of what they would do. It was so easy for the two kids to turn either parent over to the thought police, and her life will be ruined. The kids didn't have to see any real evidence, a rumor is enough. They were unruly, as seen how they treated Winston Smith, and Mrs parsons couldn't discipline her own kids.

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  • 1 decade ago

    In Orwell's "1984," the government has developed a very effective method both of keeping party members in line and of raising up the next generation of party members to be blindly loyal, dogmatic, arrogant little pricks.

    From a young age, the children of party members participate in youth societies where they are indoctrinated with a mindless loyalty to the party and its ideals. These children are taught that nothing is more important than the party and that anyone who does not display absolute conformity to the rules of the party should be turned in without a second thought. And there are so many rules...

    Mrs. Parsons is terrified of her children because it would be a simple matter for them to either decide either that she had broken some rule or that it would simply be easier for them to turn her in than to deal with her. It is the ultimate coup and sign of party loyalty for a child to inform on their parents. Ultimately, it wouldn't matter if Mrs. Parsons had committed any crime against the government; the party follows the rule that being accused is the same as being guilty.

    Source(s): Read the book two months ago
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  • 4 years ago

    The Book 1984

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  • 1 decade ago

    The children are being used as government informers. How dangerous is this? Have you ever thought how you'd like to be rid of your parents? Most teenagers DO get mad at their parents and some learn how to manipulate them and even get their fathers sent to jail with false cries of sexual molestation and abuse.

    In the culture of 1984, children are being encouraged to inform on their parents. It's not a new idea. Hitler used it and Stalin used it. The end result is parents are afraid to talk in front of their kids and a huge rift develops in the family structure. The state ends up parenting the kids and controlling them.

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  • as the other people had said ... it was because she feared they would tell big brother that she was doing illegal things ( according to the law of bb) ......

    not unlike the Hitler Youth Movement., her children were indoctrinated with the propaganda .

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  • 1 decade ago

    If memory serves me right it's because they could turn her in to the government.

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