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George Orwell’s classic work, 1984, serves as a warning to future generations of the evils that arise from a life under constant surveillance by an all-knowing government. Orwell paints a bleak
picture of oppression by a hierarchical system of control. 1984, with its intense use of detail, creates an image in the reader’s mind of destruction; the destruction of the free will of the individual person.
Orwell effectively achieves his purpose by creating an atmosphere where the events of the book are unpredictable. This aspect of the work reinserts fear at every turning point as Winston battles his internal struggle against his memories. The shock that Winston feels translates to the reader as well. With a changing story, Orwell alludes to how unpredictable life can be. Whereas some works can be rationalized out, this book is far away from what we perceive as government today. With the “party” controlling every aspect of society in 1984, the uncertainty of events at every turn is present.
The book’s use of detail transports the mind to Oceania. His description of the world around Winston creates a realized fear of the party as it oppresses the individual so much that thought becomes punishable by torture. The mood of the book remains bleak as Winston’s outlook on the future never changes. He repeatedly refers to himself as being dead because he knows that he has no hope for his future. This combination of detail and mood is a powerful tool that Orwell implements successfully in his work.
Theme used to illustrate Orwell’s purpose is present in the society that he creates. The inverse utopian society he fictionally creates is realistic because he uses elements of other governments that he saw around him. This structure although extreme, is believable as he describes it so well.
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This is one of my new favorites, and definitely a required read.

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One of the best books ever.

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THE best book i have ever read. so intricate and interesting in so many ways. it draws you in to where you wish you could finish it in one reading because you just don't want to put it down when your start reading. its a book worth reading again and again.

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User Review  - Shannon Stephenson - Goodreads

I read “1984” and I found it to be a very interesting but a very slow read. Orwell wrote it in the 1940s. He goes to great detail to show his characters personalities throughout the story. Even though ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jacob Davies - Goodreads

I thoroughly enjoyed 1984. The book focuses on the life of Winston Smith, a cog in a well oiled dystopia machine. It is set in a future (1984) ruled by “the Party”, a political party that has firm ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ala'a Muhammad - Goodreads

People wrote some really good reviews here. So, I'll be content with writing my feels. The strange thing about this book is that it reminds me of somewhere familiar, some people whom I know, part of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ella - Goodreads

This book changes you, and it changes your way of looking at things. Read full review

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User Review  - Peter Bjarke Juul - Goodreads

not a pageturner as such, but a scary portrait of power nonetheless. the world has changed wildly since I first read it in the 80s. the structures of power classes are unchanged, although the ultrarich has taken over from the party people. Read full review

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User Review  - Daniel Bastian - Goodreads

Probably the best-written book I have on my shelf to date. That there's an absorbing and urgent narrative here as well is icing on the Orwellian cake. The lessons of Oceania transcend era and have ... Read full review

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