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1984
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  - Sarah - Goodreads

When you see that every detail written here is happening now..you know how great this novel is! I just kept wondering while reading how he could create this plot previously correctly as if he were ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nikolas Kalar - Goodreads

And here it is. Orwell's dystopian masterpiece. Like Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange, 1984 succeeds in depicting its failed society with a certain amount of special cutting commentary. 1984 ... Read full review

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User Review  - Emily - Goodreads

Orwell spins an extensively intriguing narrative exploring the fragility of the human mind, and the possible over extension of the government into the level of the individual. It reads like a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Derek (Guilty of thoughtcrime) - Goodreads

Still as good as it was the first time I read it. Orwell's vision is terrifying, and becoming more and more likely every day. Read full review

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User Review  - Nia - Goodreads

There's something special about the book you discover for yourself. Neither mom nor dad have read this one. As a fifteen year old, 1984 changed my life. It taught me to think and to question...I guess this is not exactly a review. I just wanted to say how much this book means to me. Read full review

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User Review  - John Paul - Goodreads

I am compiling an ultimate list of the books that changed my life, and this is one of them. Read full review


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