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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  - Miriam Stern - Goodreads

My head. My poor poor head. Forget any other dystopians because "1984" is the epitome of what a dystopian society is. Good God, I feel like I'll never be the same. War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rogers Hartmann - Goodreads

Re-read it. Still so poignant and clever. Did not realize that Orwell died so young. Read full review

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User Review  - Kristi Cramer - Goodreads

What a compelling read. Or I should say listen, since I did the audiobook. Where do I start? I'm still processing, I think. In some ways I wish I had read it since I don't feel like I really grasped ... Read full review

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User Review  - Beck Duggleby - Goodreads

A chilling prophecy – 1984 is a political statement, shockingly persuasive, and brutally realistic, not to mention thrilling. Read full review

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User Review  - Laura Marin - Goodreads

I don't even know how to describe this book. It is that kind of book which has the power to rip your heart out of your chest while your mind tries to deny what has just happened... I still have a hard ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ashlie - Goodreads

First read in 2005 If you haven't read this book, then you shouldn't be wasting time with this review. I know many people have to read it for school, but I didn't happen upon it until one long summer ... Read full review

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