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1984
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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Don't you hate books that incessantly dilly-dally and take forever to initiate the main plot-line? This book, to my pleasant surprise, was nothing like that. What attracted me to this novel was its ... Read full review

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what I just read !!! this was haunting and depressing. As far as language is concerned just loved the terminologies of newspeak .At start I reread the first few pages because I wasn't getting much the ... Read full review

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Quoting the "Afterword" here: "1984 is an expression of a mood, and it is a warning. The mood it expresses is that of near despair about the future of man, and the warning is that unless the course of ... Read full review

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I am more then halfway through the book and I felt compelled to write what I thought of it thus far. The book reminds me of Anthem in many ways. It's almost like a pre-Anthem society that tells a very ... Read full review

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I consider myself in no place to judge or review such a brilliant masterpiece, therefore, whatever I am writing are purely my thoughts and exactly how I have felt during my journey of reading “1984 ... Read full review

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My brain is mush. I am not sure how I managed to not read this work of art earlier (well actually, I know perfectly well - it was a strange set of coincidences), but I am ever so glad that I finally ... Read full review

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wow. this book is so fascinating & terrifying. orwell's commentary about society is still so relevant today. i love this book. i love everything about it. "the best books ... are those that tell you what you know already" Read full review

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Chilling account of what a totalitarian society can do to us. Book, although slow at the begining is paced better as we advance. Written from point of view of the protagonist, the book captures ... Read full review


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