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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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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.
Review: 1984User Review - JM Cornwell - Goodreads
1984 is one of those books I thought I'd read in school, but hadn't actually read. I did see the movie with John Hurt as Winston Smith and most of the language of 1984 has passed into common use, like ... Read full review
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I started 1984 with a bit of scepticism, thinking a book about a dystopian future, and that to set in 1984 - not even the future anymore, would not be too interesting. However, it took only a few ... Read full review
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This might be said too much but... ... this thing is so creepily accurate. Is Orwell actually an alien from the future or something, and did he travel to the past just to write this book in order to ... Read full review
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“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” I really enjoyed this reading. It took me a while to finish it and that's probably because I had the need ... Read full review
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1984 just goes to prove Winston Churchill's old point of democracy being the worst form of government, except for all those other types of governments that have been tried. 1984 gives us a frightening ... Read full review