George Orwell’s 1984

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George Orwell’s 1984 is one of the most famous novels of the negative utopian, or dystopian, genre. Unlike a utopian novel, in which the writer aims to portray the perfect human society, a novel of negative utopia does the exact opposite: it shows the worst human society imaginable, in an effort to convince readers to avoid any path that might lead toward such societal degradation. In 1949, at the dawn of the nuclear age and before the television had become a fixture in the family home, Orwell’s vision of a post-atomic dictatorship in which every individual would be monitored ceaselessly by means of the telescreen seemed terrifyingly possible. That Orwell postulated such a society a mere thirty-five years into the future compounded this fear. 1984 is one of Orwell’s best-crafted novels, and it remains one of the most powerful warnings ever issued against the dangers of a totalitarian society. 1984 explores the themes of totalitarianism, psychological manipulation, physical control, the control of information and history, technology (advanced technology still in progress at the time of the book’s writing), and language as mind control. 1984 remains an important novel, in part for the alarm it sounds against the abusive nature of authoritarian governments, but even more so for its penetrating analysis of the psychology of power and the ways that manipulations of language and history can be used as mechanisms of control. George Orwell’s 1984 is one of the most famous novels of the negative utopian, or dystopian, genre. Unlike a utopian novel, in which the writer aims to portray the perfect human society, a novel of negative utopia does the exact opposite: it shows the worst human society imaginable, in an effort to convince readers to avoid any path that might lead toward such societal degradation. In 1949, at the dawn of the nuclear age and before the television had become a fixture in the family home, Orwell’s vision of a post-atomic dictatorship in which every individual would be monitored ceaselessly by means of the telescreen seemed terrifyingly possible. That Orwell postulated such a society a mere thirty-five years into the future compounded this fear. 1984 is one of Orwell’s best-crafted novels, and it remains one of the most powerful warnings ever issued against the dangers of a totalitarian society. 1984 explores the themes of totalitarianism, psychological manipulation, physical control, the control of information and history, technology (advanced technology still in progress at the time of the book’s writing), and language as mind control. 1984 remains an important novel, in part for the alarm it sounds against the abusive nature of authoritarian governments, but even more so for its penetrating analysis of the psychology of power and the ways that manipulations of language and history can be used as mechanisms of control. By George Orwell

By George Orwell
Nineteen eighty four four
Nineteen eighty four four
WAR IS PEACE.

SLAVERY IS FREEDOM.
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.
WAR IS PEACE.

SLAVERY IS FREEDOM.
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.

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2. Nineteen Eighty-Four: Reviewing George Orwell’s ‘Orwellian’ novel; what makes it such an important piece of literature even today? 3. The Hero’s Journey: What is it and how does it apply to George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four? Inside this issue

2. Nineteen Eighty-Four: Reviewing George Orwell’s ‘Orwellian’ novel; what makes it such an important piece of literature even today? 3. The Hero’s Journey: What is it and how does it apply to George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four? Autumn 2013, Issue 1

Autumn 2013, Issue 1

Winston Smith is a low-ranking member of the ruling Party in London, in the nation of Oceania. Everywhere Winston goes, even his own home, the Party watches him through telescreens; everywhere he looks he sees the face of the Party’s seemingly omniscient leader, a figure known only as Big Brother. The Party controls everything in...
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