1984 Reflection

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George Orwell's 1984 is a haunting vision of a future with no future; a future where technology controls every aspect of an individual's life. Orwell introduces the concepts of The Ministry of Truth, The Thought Police, and Big Brother. These omniscient entities continually monitor the movements, speech, and writings of every citizen. Through a simple, yet complex game that required each student to become a citizen of the fabled land of Oceania, I have learned how intricate it would be to live in an overbearing society. As I read 1984, I had a much more vivid imagination of the book. I imagine London when I read 1984. The proles exist today, as they always have, and I suppose, as they always will. I understood the manner of the people. I understood the annoyances and ugliness of the reality that it shows. I particularly resonated to the description of the razor blade situation: namely, that in the futuristic world of 1984, razorblades and other necessary conveniences like electrical or housing maintenance are so scarce that improvisation is a must. Winston Smith represents the human spirit, this is explicitly said in the torture scene. The human spirit is the siprit of rebellion against obvious repression, the subversion of conformity when it needs and rightly needs to be oppressed, and the curiousity of one’s sense of place in the world, whether of history or their biography. In numerous occaisions, Smith defies the party line, by writing his thoughts in a diary, and by having thoughts at all; he goes against the doctrines that are unquestionable by society. The moral of the story is that the human spirit is mutable. Despite objecting against the party, every person, like the human spirit in general, has its limitation. Every person has their “Room 10”, the point at which all debate or objection or will power is to be thrwarted in a sense of fear and self-preservation. The story of 1984 is the failure of the human spirit. Winston refused to be a martyr and...
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