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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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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  - Emily Whelchel - Goodreads

This book is insanely disturbing. When I was a kid, I had pet rats, but I don't know if I will ever look at them quite the same way after reading 1984. George Orwell had some kind of keen insight into ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ellie Sorota - Goodreads

Wow. Wow. Wow. I can't think of the last time a book left my jaw hanging open. I'm not sure how I missed this in school, but what a piece of literature! Rather unexperienced in the genre of dystopian ... Read full review

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User Review  - Danielle Smith - Goodreads

I wasn't disappointed. After countless pop culture references to this book and it cropping up on every list of "books you must read" I can honestly say that I went into it expecting greatness but ... Read full review

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User Review  - Abdou Edge - Goodreads

stopped reading this book for a while, but as soon as I got back at it, I couldn't stop reading, it is fascinating, an incredibly and scarily detailed dictatorship that can change the whole world ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nada Elfeituri - Goodreads

Living through the 2011 Libyan revolution, I was completely overwhelmed while re-reading this book. The concepts of thought police, thought crimes, contradicting ideologies, etc., all this was present ... Read full review

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User Review  - Gary - Goodreads

George Orwell's 1984 was mandatory reading during my schooling, and typically assume most students educated in North America have encountered it by the time they're out, so I was surprised to see it ... Read full review


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