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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  - Ahmed Salem - Goodreads

It is amazing, how can a writer in 1948 could have all this imagination about things and techs that happen in the future! Yet it is very black drama about how our world could be in a very rude and cruel when it is controlled and dominated by holistic systems and administrations!! Read full review

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User Review  - Kathleen - Goodreads

I can actually remember when 1984 was the distant-seeming future. Although it has become dated in some ways, 1984 remains relevant today, serving as a reminder of how easily freedom can be redefined ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kat Stark - Goodreads

Hands-down, one of the best dystopian novels I have ever had the pleasure of reading. You won't understand this really unless you've read the book. There are tons of reviews already, so...high school ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kat Stark and the headless Ned - Goodreads

Hands-down, one of the best dystopian novels I have ever had the pleasure of reading. You won't understand this really unless you've read the book. There are tons of reviews already, so...high school ... Read full review

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User Review  - Charles S - Goodreads

1984 is a book about a person who wants to rebel against the Utopian government. An official argues with him and convinces him that the government was actually good. I think that this is a book with a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Hillary Steckler - Goodreads

I listened to the Blackstone Audiobook, read by Simon Prebble, via Overdrive. It was a perfect reading, and I recommend this version of the audiobook. It made for great listening while I worked out ... Read full review


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