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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  - Stuller - Goodreads

Eric Arthur Blair (who used the pseudonym George Orwell) was a very influential writer in my opinion. I've read this book at a young age with another masterpiece of him which was the 'Animal Farm ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tara - Goodreads

Another end-of-the-world book. It's been a while since I've read this one, but I remember liking it. The thing I like about this 'fad' genre is that it causes you to think about the direction our ... Read full review

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User Review  - Collin Morgan - Goodreads

This book resonates even today, and Orwell's fictional world warns of the totalitarianism that is pervasive in regimes across the globe. A timeless and unforgiving look at the subjugation that can occur when an apathetic populace grows complacent in its duty to protect freedom. Read full review

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User Review  - Lydia - Goodreads

George Orwell is brilliant; 1984 is insane. +5 stars. Read full review

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User Review  - Noah - Goodreads

This book is one of, if not, my FAVORITE book. It has elements of everything that make a book amazing. From the beginning to the end. THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING SO READ IT NOW. Read full review

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User Review  - Jonfaith - Goodreads

There I was, at the pub. No pints (points)for challenging the credulity, is there? Trust me, I was at the pub. Some nice enough gent was talking about the barbecue place he had opened up the street. I ... Read full review

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