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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  - Desislava - Goodreads

George Orwell's 1984 is depressing. Very depressing. It is also a breathtakingly awesome work. Despite the heavy subject matter, it's suprisingly easy to read. It is one of the truly essential ... Read full review

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User Review  - Max Earl - Goodreads

1984 - Big Brother is Watching George Orwell's 1984 is easily one of the best-known allegories written to date, and for good reason. Orwell paints a picture of a dystopian future, a world dominated by ... Read full review

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User Review  - Austin Catania - Goodreads

In George Orwell's novel 1984, the life of a totalitarian nation called Oceania comes forth. The main Character Winston carries out his everyday life in the horrid traditions the nations holds dear ... Read full review

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User Review  - Joan - Goodreads

Another book everyone should read. Classic. And informative. And well done! Read full review

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User Review  - Kirsten - Goodreads

Sharp and merciless, 1984 is an important read for everyone, with much to think about in terms of surveillance, control and society. This is my second time reading this - the first was many years ago ... Read full review

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User Review  - Daniel Bastian - Goodreads

1984 is probably the best-written book I've pulled from the 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 ... Read full review

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