Before we begin our reading of this challenging novel, consider and respond to the following question. Provide a thoughtful, detailed reply of no fewer than five sentences.

In what ways do people allow themselves to be manipulated and why?

10/23/2012 11:13am

People allow themselves to be manipulated when to do not want to lose people. They allow others to "walk all over them" because the person could be important to them, too important to lose.

Elisha Szczepaniak
10/23/2012 2:33pm

People allow many sources to manipulate them everyday in society. The media and magazines can manipulate the views of what people should wear on a daily basis. But this is only one minor example of how the world manipulates people. Schools are a major form of child manipulation. The way schools educate children is to force a belief set onto the youth and force them to memorize and repeat the facts until they are fully memorized.

Aria Holley
10/23/2012 5:05pm

There are many ways that people allow themselves to be manipulated. Someone who has a friend who causes guilt on the other person, who in return complies with the friends' request, is being manipulated. The internet manipulates people in their everyday life and so do family members or those who are intimidating or persistent. Media is one of the main manipulators these days due to all of the 'hot gossip' or new 'it' styles and trends that it holds.

10/24/2012 5:59am

People allow themselves to be manipulated because they want a good, easy life. They will believe or agree with anything if they think there is a chance for this to happen. People allow themselves to be manipulated because they are distracted by whatever is trying to manipulate them.

10/24/2012 9:28am

people allow themselves to be manipulated so that they dont have to think to much for themselves, to allow for a easier life for there life.

Ryan Mulder
10/24/2012 9:50am

Many people allow their rights to be taken away to ensure that they are safe, making them easy to manipulate. I think one of the greatest reasons for this is fear. If assulted with threats and implications, people will become frightened, and therefore become more easy to control. Other people try to guilt another into doing their bidding; making them feel as if they owe it to the perpetrator to do as they say. This is a devious method of control that destroys relationships.

Mycah Heintz
10/24/2012 9:51am

Many people allow themselves to be manipulated everyday. People allow others to "walk all over" them, or they allow themselves to give into pressures easier for the thought of an earier, better life. There are many different forms of manipulation in the world today, such as: schools, media, and parents.

Jaucque'ne Betts
10/24/2012 10:40am

People Allow Themselves To Be Manipulated By Not Questioning The Things That Are Told To Them. By Just Believing Any And Everything That Is Told To Them, They Are Allowing Their Minds To Be Subjected To Control.

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10/30/2012 6:32am

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Emily Scheidel
10/24/2012 12:46pm

People allow themselves to be manipulated in many different ways. Some people allow their fears and worries to show through and that can cause others to manipulate them because of their weaknesses. But their are also a select few that are manipulated by what goes on around them. This especially happens when they see something and automatically what that too and do not care what happens in the process. Then there are times when people are "walked all over" by someone else and they just do not care because tehy either look up to that person of they think that person is to important to disobey.

Kimberly Cole
10/24/2012 1:26pm

People allow themselves to be manipulated everyday in our society. people let others "walk all over" them, they change in order to prevent loosing someone that they care for, and they do not question others when they are told to do things. One other way people allow themselves to be manipulated is by giving into pressures that are put on them even though they know that they should resist.

Josh Schwallier
10/24/2012 1:27pm

One of the biggest ways people allow themselves to be manipulated is by the media. People will believe anything that they see on tv, the news, the internet, and other media sources because they want to believe it. People also allow themselves to be manipulated by potential friends. For example, if someone wants to become part of a certain social group, he/she will act like the people in that group, even if that is not how he/she usually acts.

Matt Noblett
10/24/2012 1:34pm

People allow themselves to be manipulated by media. People in this day and age believe what they see on T.V or hear on the radio must be the whole truth and will follow it like pigs to the slaughter. Additionally, people will be manipulated by friends or people they believe are their friends to be part of that certain social group, although it might be different than how that person might actually act around other people.

R.J. VanKoevering
10/24/2012 1:54pm

People allow themselves to be manipulated in many ways. The foremost reason is that people have to allow it. At school, teachers manipulate the way we think and act. The government makes laws and regulations that everyone has to abide by. It is not why people allow it, it should be why people tolerate it. People will be manipulated no matter what.

Shelby Kuzma
10/24/2012 4:19pm

There are several reasons why people may allow themselves to be manipulated. They may feel peer pressure; if everyone he knows is doing a certain thing or following a certain person, they may not want to stand out. They may also feel that "going with the flow" is a less risky option than defying the social norm. In many totalitarian societies, not following the rules tends to have severe consequences. People living under those circumstances may decide that disobeying the government is not worth the consequences and allow themselves to be manipulated in order to avoid punishment. Finally, some people may not realize that they are being manipulated. They willingly accept everything that is told to them and do not think enough for themselves to realize that what they are doing is not right. dManipulation will always occur to some degree.

Isaac Shell
10/24/2012 4:48pm

People allow themselves to be manipulated in many ways. One way is by the media. People always think the T.V, Internet and other media is right and when they hear something they follow it. Another way people are manipulated is by peer pressure. People are afraid to stick out and not be themselves, and they manipulate their friends and go with a different group.

Andrea O
10/24/2012 4:50pm

People allow themselves to be manipulated in many different ways that noone thinks about. We listen to what other tell us what to do and do it it without questioning it. People sometimes do not think for themselves they just do as they are told without knowing if it is right or wrong. People get manipulated in many ways of prepressure. Many others telling the person their decisions are not right, or they are wrong, and this is what and when they have to do soemthing, also when people tell others something they automaticallly believe it.

Hunter Helsel
10/24/2012 5:16pm

People allow themselves to be manipulated because they believe many things that they hear without any background information. They hear stuff on the internet, radio, and television and believe it. Also people can be manipulated with by their peers because they consider them to be a reliable source.

Jovonta Pimpleton
10/24/2012 6:48pm

People allow themselves to be manipulated because questioning things is too much of a hassle. People don't take a stand or stop to think about what they are doing and just go with the flow.

Meridith O'Brien
10/24/2012 7:04pm

People allow themselves to be manipulated when a person does not think freely for themselves. That can happen when people are influenced by what others say around them, and do not have there own personal opinion. Some people may believe in what other people believe just to match what everyone else thinks. Today people have access to tons of information but some information that is given out if only one-sided and if a person does not look into the other side. In order to have a personal opinions people need to know what arguments are being made and what both sides of an arguments is.

Adrian Rylski
10/25/2012 4:41am

Money is capable of manipulating people. It has the capabilty of becoming people's only desire. People have been known to work hours on end and make decisions which put their lives at risk just to make a profit. One can assume the reason that people allow money to take over their lives manipulate them is because they feel more power. This feeling of power is one that people crave and that is why money is capable of being manipulative.

Adam B
10/25/2012 4:44am

People allow themselves to be manipulated in many different ways. Many people will agree with what someone else says even if they do not know the truth themself. They take what they hear in different media resources and believe it to be true. They feel pressure from other people to believe what they do. This happens in areas where people are not allowed to think for themselves.

Ben Poindexter
10/25/2012 4:46am

People allow themselves to be manipulated by not paying attention to the world around them. There are many people who do not watch news or stay informed about important events. This makes them easy targets for manipulation as they are more likely to accept what they are told. An uninformed person can be easily convinced to take any stance on a particular subject. This may cause them to take positions that contradict their beliefs. Ignorance may be bliss, but it is also dangerous.

Mercedes Applegate
10/25/2012 5:04am

People allow themselves to be manipulted by many things. Although I believe ignorance is one of the biggest way one is manipulated. When you do not know what is really happening around you, you can not make good judgements. Therefore someone may tell you something and automatically you believe them. This is dangerous because then no one is thinking for themself.

Alex Kailing
10/25/2012 6:56am

People allow themselves to be manipulated all he time. If a person is so worried about fitting in they could then become someone robot. Money is also something that can manipulate people because if you have so much it takes over that persons life. Media is another way that people can get manipulated. people believe almost everything and anything on tv or the internet. this manipulates people because if they want to be like that they will do anything it says to accomplish it.

Nicole Beurkens
10/25/2012 6:58am

People allow themsleves to be manipulated all the time. People can be manipulated by peer pressure so they can look cool or try to fit in. Also the media can manipulte people into doing things. people will think the media is always right but it is not

Nicholas Kubiak
10/25/2012 6:59am

When one cannot choose their side or choses not to, others will make the choice for them. If that is done, then the person who didn't make their voice heard will have no power. One good reason is that some people do not wish to take the blame if their idea or plan goes wrong. Another reason could be due to the flaw humans have of being lazy. The last reason could be one that goes against human nature; this would be if one or many lives would be in threatened or dangered.

Courtney Stephan
10/25/2012 7:02am

They allow themselves to be manipulated by the propaganda that goes around. The slogans are very manipulated like in our book 1984, war is peace, freedom is slavery, and ignorance is strength. They listen to these slogans and get ideas in their head that it is true and that they need to be more careful. People are manipulated by what the government says because they think the government is right and everything they say is true.

Troy Vugteveen
10/25/2012 7:39am

People get manipulated easily because they assume things before they actually know what the thing is. Also people want a easy life with no problems so they will do what they have to do to have that easy simple life. A common type of manipulation is peer pressure. Peer pressure is something that people get manipulated by easily, like trying to fit in with a popular group.

Mitch Miling
10/25/2012 7:57am

People allow themselves to be manipulated by not questioning the government or any other form of power. Most of the time we just expect them to do what is best for us, and when governments figure that out, they start to abuse their power thinking that we will not question it.

Alaisha Jackson
10/25/2012 7:59am

People allow themselfs to be minipulated by a number of things. Everyday people are exposed to commercials, television shows, movies, political figures and even family and friends. They allow themselfs to be minipulated because its simpilar if you go along with what other people are saying or doing, it doesnt involve much thought. It gives security knowing youre not alone and you share the veiws of others. Its difficualt to be alone in going against what other people think is right, so sometimes people feel it is eaiser to "follow the crowd" the to have their individual veiws.

Wendy gentry
10/25/2012 8:03am

People allow themselves to be manipulated by being ignorant. This allows them to be controlled very easily because they do not know very much.

10/25/2012 8:09am

People allow themselves to be manipulated by being ignorant. this allows them to be easily controlled by others. this could cause a huge problem.

Kylie Martinez
10/25/2012 9:56am

I think that people allow themselves to be manipulated in order to be accepted. People will do just about anything in order to be accepted by others, and by doing this they allow others to control them. By following someone else it makes them feel like they are doing what is right.

Nichole Schwaiger
10/25/2012 9:56am

People allow themselves to be manipulated by not having the courage to stick up for themself. If they let people walk all over them then they are objecting themself to manipulation.

Megan Schaefer
10/25/2012 9:56am

People subject themselves to manipulation by not questioning how powerful the government is. If they are not fully aware of the government's activities, attention is not generously paid to the possibilities of what could happen.

Sandra Alonso
10/25/2012 9:57am

People allow themselves to be manipulated because it a safety net. They do not want to go against the set boundaries and be punished. So they choose to follow the rules and do what they are told.

Emily Froman
10/25/2012 10:22am

People allow themselves to be manipulated into doing other people's work, not to question soceity and its rules, and to be manipulated by a person who his very demeaning. They do these things because it does not require them to think, and it also causes them to please the person who is doing the controlling. We live in a world where if we do not have to think, we can get through life easy. People allow themselves to be manipulated because they do not want to work to become more successful. Also people allow themselves to be manipulated because soceity says so. We learn not to question authority, follow the rules, and do your best. By following the rules, that ultimately creates a greater power of the individuals who are leading. We indefinitely allow ourselves to be manipulated because we have become lazy, and live to please others. We follow the crowd, instead of creating our own path.

Kenia Bonano
10/25/2012 7:36pm

I think people allow themselves to be manipulated because they want to be accepted. They feel that they need to be accepted or it will be bad for them. Also they do not pay attention to what happens around them, and they do not even know what could possibly go wrong, because they are so in the media.

Chad S.
10/25/2012 8:00pm

Manipulation is a social influence that aims to change the perception or behavior of others. I think some people allow themselves to be manipulated because they want the acceptance of others. I think people allow themselves to be manipulated because they have a lack of assertiveness and ability to say NO. Some people are just to dependent causing them to say yes when they would have said no.

Gabbie Pratt
10/26/2012 3:16am

There are many ways that people can be manipulated. Some people will do anything for anyone just to be liked. If that's the case a person often make then do ridiculous and unnecessary things. The internet can also be manipulative in various ways. If people see things on the internet they tend to believe what they see. People get so caught in what everyone else is doing and they often times don't slow down and look at things for themselves,

Hannab Combs
10/26/2012 4:21am

People can be minipulated in many different ways weather it'd be thorough internet, social life, or politics, there are always ways people can be minipulated. For example, during an election many candidates use various methods of propiganda to manipulate voters that they are trying to impress.

Cassidy Zainea
10/26/2012 4:59am

People allow other people to manipulate them in all sorts of ways. Some could be so "in love" with the person & do everything they say so the person won't get mad at the one that try's to make the other happy by doing what they say. In the book I see some manipulation going on with the government & the citizens, if the citizens don't follow the rules or "act" happy to be in that type of government then the citizens will be punished. People are being manipulated to keep them safe from any danger or just to make someone happy.

Max mcclimans
10/26/2012 5:40am

I feel that people allow themselfs to be minipulated because they allow other people to take controll over them. Or it's because they want to conform to the basic means of society. In this book, it shows that people who are ruled by more powerful people. We tend to conform to those who hold more power over us. The more power people hold over someone the more people are willing to conform and allow themselfs to be minipulated.

lexii gardner
10/26/2012 5:40am

i think people allow themselves to be manipulated by the media because they believe everything they are told and because they are more concered with what celebrities are doing then what is really going on in the world.

10/26/2012 5:44am

I feel manipulated right now because I'm being forced to write this

Ron "Bravery 2012" Paul
10/26/2012 9:51am

So brave.

Chris smoes
10/26/2012 5:45am

People allow themselves to be manipulated because in many ways they believe they can benefit from being manipulated. Some believe that they can get more material things from the government or from oher people. On the other hand some people believe that they can benefit mentally from being manipulated, whereas the government is in charge of our education, thy can manipulate he things we learn in our schools. Often this power leads to brainwashing and support for negative things in our society.

Chad meister
10/26/2012 5:47am

I think that in many ways people can be manipulated. I think the main way that people are manipulated is through media such as magazines and television. Many people begin to think that they must fit in with what everyone is doing or wearing. In my opinion that is how people are manipulated into thinking certain ways.

Mitch Kraus
10/26/2012 5:48am

People can be manipulated by the media. If we don't know much about a subject then we will believe more of what we hear from the news.

jeff wisinski
10/26/2012 5:48am

People respect authority and are afraid of the consequences when going against the grain of the social norm. If a person looks important they will be respected and can manipulate others around them due to just how they look. People in society will allow themselves to be controlled to avoid trouble. But as we have seen in history and possibly in the book, a revolution tends to aspire. To what extend people will revolt is determined by the seriousness of manipulation.

10/26/2012 5:49am

People allow themselves to be manipulated because they may be insecure and have a need for guidance. Many times in history have we seen periods of crisis and the people need leadership. They are willing to give their loaylty to anyone with a way out i.e Adolf Hitler and Germany. Another example would be the milgram experiment. People will follow orders simply because the person telling them to do something looks qualified to be in that position of authority.

Jason failing
10/26/2012 5:59am

People are manipulated in many ways. Like in the movie mean girls. Regina makes the girls dress a certain way and like the things she does so that they can be in her clan. Regina manipulated the other girls in the school so that they would have the feeling of fitting in and being Cool

kyle frozley
10/26/2012 6:02am

Technology is very manipulating source to humans. What people read on their phones and the internet they will believe. Also music is manipulating. With lyrics people sing about effect people in different ways. subliminal messages and what not. Illuminati is also manipulating

Sarah Krieger
10/26/2012 10:47am

I believe people get manipulated with people lying to them. If someone says something and something else is the real answer then people will never know who to believe or not to believe. It's confuing and people get taken advantage a lot.

Liz Norry
10/26/2012 3:14pm

People allow themselves to be manipulated by letting others walk all over them. Many individuals do not know how to stick up for what they believe in or are too scared to do so. Many people feel the pressure to conform to what others are thinking or doing. Other ways people are manipulated include the media, government and society.

Josh Glowacki
10/26/2012 5:19pm

People can get manipulated through certain things, like propaganda. An example of that would be the presidental election. Both runners keep throwing comercials and messages that show how good they are, and how bad their opponent is. All of this is just to make sure that you vote for them. But the problem is that people can't tell who is telling the truth and who isn't.

Sean Florian
10/28/2012 9:49am

People allow themselves to be manipulated when they don't know anything different. People believe the media because they have no reason not to. The people in 1984 accept their standard of living because they know nothing else. They're entire lives are a lie, but they don't know any better. People are easily manipulated.

Sarah V
10/29/2012 6:47am

People are manipulated everyday by media and peer pressure. They feel that if they follow trends then they will be "cool" or fit in.

Vinner Mendez
10/30/2012 4:45am

People can be manipulated in many ways, if a person is not very bright then the gov. can easily persuade you to believe that what they are doing is correct. If they believe this then they will follow orders from any form of government.

10/30/2012 6:31am

People allow themselves to be manipulated if they want something or are acting selfish. They will do something to get what they want or just not stand up to whoever is manipulating them.

10/30/2012 6:35am

People believe what they see and hear. whether it be from media, their family and friends, or other people. children are brought up without a mind of their own. they are nurtured to believe what they hear and their parents tell them what they want their kids to believe. people no longer have a mind of their own. they are control by society.


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