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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  - Danny Yang - Goodreads

First of all, I have to apologize in advance as I am terribly inefficient with finding words adequate to describe my emotions for a novel that I read a while back and will definitely read again! That ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tim - Goodreads

Orwell's 1984 is an important novel not so much because it is a brilliant and terrifying story, but because in visualising that dystopian future so vividly, Orwell gave us a language to deny it ... Read full review

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User Review  - Badr El Boudour - Goodreads

1984... A book that can change you, shape you and reshape you. It doesn't only affect your vision of the world, but even your way of thinking, and the things you think no one could ever change your ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cauim - Goodreads

Amazing. "The best books are those that tell you what you know already" Read full review

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User Review  - ILHAM ALAM - Goodreads

Words like "Big Brother" and "Memory Hole" have seeped into our vernacular, thanks to this depressing, scary, critical, satirical, dystopian, novel. This novel is talking about themes like government ... Read full review

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User Review  - Slung0518 - Goodreads

1984 is interesting among science fiction because it isn't, so to speak, science fiction. It doesn't have anything to do with science or technology. The year 1984 may have come and gone, but the scary ... Read full review

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