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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  - Madeline Anderson - Goodreads

This book is about so much more than analyzing the projected future of a Stalinesque communism. The insights into language (your vocabulary can limit or free you) and the expanse of a military state ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nga Quynh - Goodreads

It is unmistakably a spectacularly outstanding masterpiece from Orwell! I attempted in vain several time when trying to get one in Vietnam, just to grab it nearly a year later when stumbling on a ... Read full review

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User Review  - John Bowen - Goodreads

'It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.' Is there any better opening line to a novel? I don't care what Ishmael says I can call him. This is the one. You'll find ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jessica - Goodreads

This book is yet another that has had the very rate power to actually change the way I think and think about the way I think. I have always been a centralist, and even after reading this wonderfully ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jenny Lee - Goodreads

Definitely the best of the dystopian books I've read so far in terms of how much it challenged and engaged me intellectually. As an avid reader and lover of words, I also really like the appendix in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Leonard - Goodreads

Under Big Brother's omniscient eyes, Winston Smith tried to ignite his only freedom, the freedom to believe in “obvious” truths, but by the novel's end, at the café Winston was unsure what two plus ... Read full review

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