Orwell Wrote 1984 as a Warning. Explain What He Was Warning People About.

Topics: Nineteen Eighty-Four, World War II, Aldous Huxley Pages: 3 (1206 words) Published: March 6, 2011
Orwell wrote 1984 as a warning. Explain what he was warning people about. Consider the influence of the political climates in the world during the time he was writing. Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four is as much a reflection of the political climate in which he was writing as it is an exaggeration of it. From the beginning of the 1940s the worldwide political climate was shifting heavily in what appeared to be negative ways. From the outbreak of the Second World War on the 4th September 1939 (with fighting not really starting for several months, leading to a period known as the ‘Phoney War’) events spiralled continuously, it seemed, out of control. With the establishment of both Nazi Germany and Communist Russia both in the early part of the 20th century, Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four is both a warning against and a parody of these methods of thinking. First of all, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a warning against the rise to power of people, parties and ideals that Orwell considered a dark path for humanity. His construct of ‘The Party’ in then novel is very much a reflection or parody, perhaps more of a continuation of, the “totalitarians” as O’Brien calls them. It has been noted that Orwell saw the world of Nineteen Eighty-Four as a potential alternate continuation of the politics at power in his day, “Project this will to power four decades into the future, and you could easily end up with Ingsoc, Oceania and Big Brother.” While in O’Brien’s case he refers to the “German Nazis and the Russian Communists” but that “they never had the courage to recognise their own motives,” The Party can therefore be seen as a warning against regimes such as these by way of showing an exaggerated ‘worst case scenario’. It is obvious that in his time Orwell felt strongly against the powers that ended up nearly taking over the world, submitting himself for military service via the Central Register in 1939 and eventually being declared “unfit for any kind of military service” in June...
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