George Orwells 1984 Essay

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George Orwells 1984





George Orwell’s 1984

The novel takes place in a theoretical and fictional totalitarian society. The story
begins in London on April 4, 1984 after an atomic world war divides the world into three
states. London is the capital of Oceania, run by INGSOC (English Socialism) or
controllers called The Party, which is divided into two sections; The Inner Party, and The
Outer Party which are the Rich and the Middle-Class. A third group called The Proles or
The Proletariat is the poor, and considered animals by the party. The leader of the
government is Big Brother. The novel is divided into three parts: In the first part he
commits a thoughtcrime, in the second he falls in love and is deceived by a member of the
Inner Party, and in the third he is incarcerated and rehabilitated by the Party.


1984 by George Orwell is a story of a man’s struggle against a totalitarian
government that controls the ideas and thoughts of its citizens by using advanced mind
reading techniques. The novel is supposed to be prophetic, but is somewhat off in the
date. Although some things described have come to pass others haven’t. I believe
Orwell’s purpose for writing 1984 was to express his feelings of how governments
could come to control anything and everything they wished. By using the image of a man
who stood in shadow thus making him anonymous and unrecognizable, he let people know that
they could not escape the eyes of Big Brother.


Orwell uses his imagination to describe future technology, like telescreens that would be
used to control the people of the world. Today we are making things that Orwell described
like the telescreens. He uses comparisons of the real world to the world of his story:
the image of Emmanual Goldstein bares a remarkable likeness to Hitler, and the joining of
countries to form an alliance for a common good, are similar to the United Nations or
NATO.


A totalitarian society, although it provides control for the people, also that denies them
freedom of expression. The fictional society in George Orwell’s 1984 stands as a
metaphor for a totalitarian society in which communication, personal beliefs, and
individual loyalty to the government are all controlled. Current society in America is
much more democratic. It contrasts with Orwell’s society of 1984 because the
individual determines all communication, personal beliefs and the people’s loyalty
to the government.
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