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In Oceania when you step out of line, you will be punished accordingly. That is the message George Orwell tries to get across to his reader in 1984. Since that is the notion he is trying to get his reader to understand as the author in this book, he obeys that rule as well. Orwell uses many literary devices and techniques such as symbolism, metaphors, tone, allusions, and many more… to make the reader understand what kind of society Winston is living in.

The tone of 1984 is very gloomy and the setting of the story takes place is in a war inspired type of location. The party members, such as Winston, are treated like prisoners. They are not allowed to speak at their lunch table, they are not permitted to think, and every single action of theirs is being watched, by Big Brother, that is. Everything is lifeless, as when Orwell describes Oceania “and though the sun was shining and the sky a harsh blue, there seemed to be no colour in anything,”(pg.4). The ministries, on the contrary, are nothing like the rest of the town, they are as Orwell describes them “pyramidal structures of glittering white concrete, soaring up, terrace after terrace, three hundred metres into the air.”(pg.5-6). The ministries are designed like this so that they may stand out in the dark, dirty, shabby little town of Oceania.

The pyramids are a literary device in its own, not only the color being ironically white in the a dark shabby dirty old city of Oceania “Scattered about London there were just three other buildings of similar appearance and size. So completely did they dwarf the surrounding architecture”.(pg.6). Also, they are being so tall and structured, represents the fact that they don’t plan on ever leaving; the ministries are there to stay, and take over the society. The pyramids also reinforce the image of hierarchy in 1984. All the big jobs were done in the ministries. “Ironically though, the most frightening one to Winston is the ministry of love. It does not have windows,...
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