I finished reading George Orwell’s 1984 a couple months ago, and it is the second book that I have read by George Orwell. I love his work so far!
Like I say on every post, please do not read any further if you have not already read this book! There will be many spoilers!
“1984” by George Orwell begins with this: “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of victory mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him.”
It is clear that the dust was not the only thing following him. In George Orwell’s dystopian novel, the citizens of Oceania are under constant surveillance by the government which limits freedom. The Ministry of Thought alters all records and reports in order to manipulate the minds of the people. For example, Eurasia was known as the enemy of Oceania until the countries allied against Eastasia. The Ministry of thought erased all evidence of war with Eurasia, and it seemed Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia. George Orwell wrote “1984” as a warning about the importance of free thought and speech.
The manipulative society that George Orwell created relates to our society today in numerous ways. Information about people and their lives spreads through social media, and there are many suspicions about the government’s access to cameras on our electronic devices. Newspapers and the media can contain false information that readers and listeners believe. These resources change our way of thought which shows the importance of reliable news sources. George Orwell intended this message of legitimacy in the future for Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler because they were seen as the future rulers at that time.
George Orwell was born with the name, Eric Arthur Blair, and his father worked in quality control for morphine which was used to make opium to trade with China. George Orwell attended a British boarding school and later joined the Imperial Police in Burma. After seeing and understanding the poverty and harsh life in Burma and at home on the streets of London, he rejected imperialism. He wanted to create a “political orientation” for himself and decided he was against totalitarianism and communism which were used by dictators Stalin and Hitler. Orwell’s most famous novels were both anti-communist and anti-capitalist because of the harsh governments in both. He used his political opinions and knowledge in his novels as a message. His message or warning about the future in “1984” is a vital message for people to read now and in the future, that shows how critical it is to have the freedom of thought and the freedom to make your own decisions.
If you have read “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins, you will enjoy this thrilling novel that is also about a futuristic and dystopian society that could be created if freedom of thought were to be taken away. The principles in “1984” of the government ruled by an imaginary ruler, Big Brother, also seem to be used in “The Hunger Games”; War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength. The governments in both civilizations always seem to be at war and are restricting freedom within communities. Both of these novels/series benefit our world by providing admonitions for the time to come.
Favorite and Least Favorite Characters
It is impossible for me to choose a favorite character because my favorites often turned out to be the enemy.
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