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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  - Pseudonymos Powell - Goodreads

Thoroughly interesting book. I first thought it would be boring and old fashioned, however the political issues and tones and issues still questions political structure and ideology today. Not only ... Read full review

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User Review  - Priyam Parashar - Goodreads

The perfect example that even the most complicated of ideas can be expressed by simplest of words, all you need is clarity of thought. The fact that this book was not a half baked idea but one thought ... Read full review

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User Review  - Carolyn Evans - Goodreads

Every human has to read this book. It doesn't matter that it's not the most beautiful writing or that the characters are not fully-realised. It's beyond all 'that' because it forms the basis of any ... Read full review

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User Review  - Olivia A - Goodreads

The book was really good. I read it as I was doing a performance based on it. Definitely something you'd read after the age of 13 -14 as there are some pretty heavy adult themes in this book. The ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ziad Nofal - Goodreads

In the novel George Orwell created a dystopian 1984 which is away from what that year turned out to be. But currently we are living in that future with no privacy as everything about you is known ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nick Adamson - Goodreads

You could say that 1984 is essentially about the concept of freedom being the truth of what makes us human, and that coercive power is a denial of that truth of humanity. This supports Orwell's ... Read full review

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